Monday, August 27, 2007

Rating: ***+ 2004 The Turk, Barossa Valley, Australia


The Turk is an interesting Barossa red blend consisting of 54% shiraz, 26% mourvedre, 12% grenache, and 8% cabernet sauvignon.

In the glass, this is a blood red purple. The nose punches out an array of lively, somewhat bright aromas. Chief among them is a sawdust (not oak) grape mix, with a pleasant citrus-like overtone. On the palate, The Turk is bold, deep and restrained, with low-pitched chocolate cherry flavors. Moderate deep finish, though single dimensioned. Extremely pleasant as an aperitif, though I could imagine a move to another wine as the evening progresses. Three stars plus out of five.

For comparison, Robert Parker gave it 90 points and said, "It offers a dark ruby/purple color along with wonderful ripeness, plenty of black cherry, strawberry, cassis, and licorice characteristics, and a medium to full-bodied, plush, fruit-forward personality. Drink this classic Australian red over the next 3-4 years."

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