In 1847 Johann August Frederick Fiedler planted shiraz vines (amongst 72 varieties of grape vine) on his property at ‘Turkey Flat’. It was the preservation of the same vines in the face of the 1987 vine pull scheme which prompted the Schulz family (now 5th generation owners of the Turkey Flat property) to begin a more personal approach to winemaking. Thus, after years of hard work bringing the garden back to life, in 1990 Turkey Flat Vineyards was born. Naming ‘The Ancestor’ refers, of course, to our own Ancestors who purchased the Turkey Flat property in the 1870s, although interestingly the vines themselves are classified as ‘Ancestor’ vines by the Barossa Old Vine Charter. The distinctive script on this label has been taken directly from the 1888 Schulz family butchers ledger, discovered while restoring their shop to become our Cellar Door.
The Ancestor Shiraz is only made in the best years and produced in extremely minimal quantities from our 1847 Ancestor Shiraz vineyard.
The Ancestor is the epitome of the Turkey Flat style. Balance, poise and purity are hallmarks. An exceptional wine that guarantees to reward the owner for a generation to come.
Please email cellar door for detailed tasting notes on back vintages.
2016 – Available for Purchase
2015 – (A few bottles left, please enquire to cellar door if interested)
2012 – Sold Out
“Shiraz grown entirely on the estate’s 1847-planted vineyard. This is a seamless wine and yet it has grunt and edge too. It’s not just syrupy and soft, though it does sport a coffee-cream element. It’s muscular with tannin, earthen, blackberried and drifted with woodsmoke. It presses both firmly and neatly throughout. The Turkey Flat wines reek of confidence nowadays. They step neatly but firmly. This release of The Ancestor is a pinnacle example”.
Drink: 2024 – 2040+
Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront
“Deep, youthful, vibrant red/purple colour, the bouquet marvellously complex and harmonious no single feature dominating. There are subtle spice and dried herb notes, some earthy undergrowth hints and smoky graphite suggestions, coupled with mellow, savoury fruit notes hinting at blackberry and dark-plum. Oak is perfectly harmonized. The wine is full-bodied but far from a blockbuster; indeed, it balances richness and density with elegance, the velvet texture running throughout the length of the very long palate. Very impressive, and most emphatically not a ‘try-hard’ style of Barossa Shiraz. (Vines planted in 1847. Two barrels. Bottle number 297.”
“A very rich, ripe nose with intense blueberries and blue plums, as well as violets, blackcurrants and some tarry notes. The palate has a beautifully deep and rich delivery of ripe blackberries and dark plums. The tannins are smooth and fluid, very supple and melding. From vines planted in 1847. Drink or hold. Screw cap”.
Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com