Australia’s most prestigious wine award has been won by one of our favourite wine brands – Turkey Flat! And for the first time ever in the history of the award the wine isn’t a Shiraz, or a Cabernet Sauvignon, or even a Pinot Noir. It’s a Barossa Valley Grenache.
Last night the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Best Young Red Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017 was awarded to the Turkey Flat Vineyards 2016 Grenache – which retails for just $30.
To win the Jimmy Watson trophy is no mean feat and first requires the Turkey Flat Grenache to win a high scoring Gold Medal or top place in its own grenache class. It then goes up against other wines which achieved a similar score in 18 other eligible classes of red wines from the 2016 and 2017 vintages at the show.
The fruit for the Turkey Flat 2016 Grenache wine was predominantly sourced from 98 year old Grenache vines grown on the Turkey Flat Vineyard. These old vines produce fantastically concentrated fruit which translates into a style of Grenache for which Turkey Flat has become famous.
We can personally attest to the fabulousness of this wine, which was thoroughly enjoyed here a few weeks ago for International Grenache Day!
The Schulz family have been looking after the vineyards at Turkey Flat for more than 150 years and continue to produce wines made from their individual vineyard estates in their winery on Bethany Road. The wine label ‘Turkey Flat’ and the winery itself were established on the historic family vineyards in 1990.
This is the first time Turkey Flat have won the Jimmy Watson Trophy.
You can get your hands on some of this incredible wine here. But get in quick before it’s too late!