TURKEY FLAT SHIRAZ
Barossa Valley, Australia
Schulz family settled in the Barossa Valley in 1865
and purchased land with Shiraz vines planted in 1847.
These vines are still in production and their grapes
are used in this wine. These vines are possibly the
oldest producing Shiraz vines in the world. The fourth
generation of the Schulz family still owns Turkey Flat.
The warm 2003 vintage, compared to 2002, produced full-flavored,
concentrated wines. Each small parcel of Shiraz was
vinified separately and matured in French oak barrels.
The result is a firmly-structured, complex Shiraz,
with lifted primary fruit aromas of bitter cherries
and prunes, and secondary aromas of Christmas cake/plum
pudding, mocha, and leather/suede. The full-bodied
palate has flavors of plums, red fruits, and spice.
This wine will definitely improve with careful cellaring
of 10-12 years and, due to minimum filtration, may
develop a bottle deposit over this time. Awarded 92
points by Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate.
Barossa Valley is certainly the most famous wine region
of South Australia. The climate is characterized
by a high average of sunshine, and low humidity
and rainfall and thus offers ideal conditions for full-bodied
wines, excellent fortified wines and robust white
wines. There are two basic soil types, both low in
brown, loamy sand to clay loam, and more sandy
light gray- brown soils.