Turkey Flat Shiraz 1998

91 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14.2%

Consumed in Bordeaux, over 4 nights. As a deliberate contrast, and what a contrast!!

On the first night it just reeked of added tartaric acid and American oak. Bordeaux in comparison tastes so natural, whereas this is a concoction.

On the second night it had mellowed a tad, to be a semi-port. Mint toffee flavours.

By the final night it was much more enjoyable as a ripe hot climate wine. Quite luscious.

I feel that Turkey Flat have improved their winemaking in more recent vintages, the wines still have tremendous fruit but are less forced, with less obvious added acid.

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