Australia, Rose wines

Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rosé 2009

Winemaker: Mark Bulman
Grape: 61% Grenache, 22% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Dolcetto
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia

The history of this place goes back to 1847, when a far-sighted Silesian refugee Johann Frederick August Fiedler planted Shiraz vines here. His brother-in-law, Pastor August Kavel, led German emigrants to Australia’s Barossa valley. Fiedler settled on one of the first parcels of land to be surveyed in the area.

Schulz family purchased the Turkey Flat property in around 1865 and on top of taking care of the vineyard, they also developed a successful butcher business. Turkey Flat’s iconic wine was named Butcher Block, in honor of their family history.

The fourth generation, Peter and Christie Schulz, transformed from wine growing to wine making. They own five vineyards in about 20km radius, which covers four very different sub-regions. To blend the grapes from different terroires gives the winemaker an additional tool to develop a great flavor and character to his wines.

Barossa Valley traditionally produces an excellent quality red wines, mainly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. But not every winemaker can work with such an old vines as Schulz family possesses. Turkey Flat’s wines (especially their Shiraz, GSM, Cabernet Sauvignon and Butcher Block) are very intense, with concentrated rich flavors, because of the ancient vines that were originally planted by Fiedler.

Every Turkey Flat wine has its own, personalized design of turkey, created by local artist Rod Schubert. Thanks to his vision of the native bush turkey, Turkey Flat wines stand out among other Aussies wines in the wine shops.

I don’t believe that grapes from these old vines are used to produce Turkey Flat Rosé. Grapes are harvested from the Menge Road estate and Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Dolcetto vines are grown specifically for this purpose. Yet it always has a very rich and unique pink color, concentration and it is superbly balanced. No wonder this Rosé repeatedly receives 90 points from different wine critics.

Tasting notes:
Intense pink color, a typical for Turkey Flat Rosé, and lovely aroma of fresh strawberries, raspberries, water melon and wild flowers. Aside of the typical turkey label, please also note this elegant, lean bottle with modern twist closure.

On the palate this Rosé is crisp, dry wine full of red fruit flavors like red currant, strawberries, raspberries and red grapefruit. Fruit is so rich and so pronounced, it feels like a hint of sweetness on your tongue, but it’s balanced perfectly with its natural acidity, just the way I like it.

Long finish makes it almost certain that you wouldn’t be satisfied with just one glass. Unless you have a really strong will power. I don’t.

Turkey Flat Rosé is priced slightly higher than the medium range of Rosé wines on the market. It sells for around $16.00, but in my opinion, it’s worth the money. Don’t miss this wine and taste it yourself. I welcome your opinion.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak

Retail price: $ 16.99

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