Turkey Flat 2005 Butchers Block GSM
Butchers Block comes from the Barossa Valley in Australia. This is a red blend of Shiraz (41%), Grenache (40%) and Mourvèdre (19%). This is an Australian take on the popular GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend which is a popular style in Côtes du Rhône. I’ve tried a number of GSM wines from the south of France and while there were a few that were bad, most were really good, especially for the price ($8-12 bottle).
Dark brick red color, almost muddy, but not exactly cloudy … this wine actually has some minor shades of brown. The nose is very expressive; strong scents of black olives, mushrooms and earth. The dominant smell is definitely black olives, I’m detecting no fruit on the nose at all. It has a very smooth mouth feel. I’m tasting strong vegetal tones. There is a short mid-palate where I’m not noticing any secondary flavors and then the wine just kinda drops off with a smooth finish with light tannins. All of that said, I really don’t care for this wine much. I get the sense that it was well made, but the flavor profile is not one I care for. I just tried it with some pizza and it seems it doesn’t really pair well with that either. Fail