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On the banks of Tanunda Creek in the heart of Barossa where bush turkeys once roamed, the Silesian settler Johann Fie...Read more...
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On the banks of Tanunda Creek in the heart of Barossa where bush turkeys once roamed, the Silesian settler Johann Fiedler planted the first Shiraz vines in 1843. Highly suited to the terroir, they thrived and in 1865 the land was bought by Gottlieb Ernst Schulz, a butcher of sound reputation. Four generations later, Peter and his wife Christie made the transition from grape growing to winemaking, handcrafting this pristine old fruit into a range of superb wines. Not only are these wines the perfect example of how Rhône varietals can work elsewhere, but the perfect expression of the warm Barossa climate. The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some grapes from the original old vine plantings. The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard-working gnarled old vines are still producing fantastic grapes. Much of the credit for the best Shiraz made in the Barossa is due to old vines such as these. The 2006 vintage was mild and long.This produced wines that are floral, elegant and well structured. On the nose, aromas dark berry fruits, plum, tobacco & black pepper seduce, while the palate displays restrained fruit character with underlying richness. It is persistent, with flavours of blackcurrant, plums, dark bitter chocolate & cedar with a fine, grape tannin finish.
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