Turkey Flat Grenache 2005 (Barossa, SA)
$20, Screwcap, 15%
Normally I’m quite a fan of the Turkey Flat range, so I’m treating this as an anomaly. However if ever there was a perfect example of the perils of a warm Barossan vintage, it lies in this wine.
A dark reddish in colour, bricking even, this has the shock of overripe fruit all over it. Think metallic, hard, stewed plums and dark red fruit on the nose, followed by stewed figs, molasses and supermarket chocolate liqueurs on the palate (the really cheap ones). Hard, hot finish too.
The resultant wine is, to my palate, quite hard work, lacking freshness or balance, showing quite succinctly the challenges of growing grapes under the hot Barossan sun. 14