The first time I tasted Turkey Flat Grenache was in the mid 90s. On a car trip around the Barossa Valley, we drove in to the winery at random. We were not sure we were in the right spot as we had to wait for one of the winemakers to get off the tractor to open up the cellar door and taste their wines with us.
In the end, it was a tasting that left a lasting memory. The grenache and shiraz wines stand out in that memory. As expected, they both had powerful personalities– they are Barossa Valley wines after all, but they also had the type of elegance that comes from old vines.
In the case of the Grenache, these vines are nearly a century old goblet pruned beauties. The use of seasoned oak (Foudre and Burgundian barrels) shapes the fruit and imparts a spicy detail as a foil to the black cherry, raspberry, liquorice and dried herb fruit. It is a full bodied red with a solid block of fruit without being overblown. That spicy accent is left lingering on the palate. This is a fine choice to drink now, however, it is also a wine that will cellar ten years.
Note: No turkeys were flattened or injured in making this wine. The ‘turkey’ depicted on the label is an Australian plains turkey.
Quickie review « A lesson in old vine Grenache, made with an eye on keeping the elegance along with the generosity that this vineyard excels at.»
Country of Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: May 2019
Price: AU$40 | UK£23
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
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