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Taster's Top 10
Glug Tasting Results
Taster's Top Ten




The Taster's Top Ten are the top ten sellers of the recent Glug Tasting Days.

Why is it important?

Richard Farmer once told me that the best way to know who is going to win is to find out where the real money is going. Same applies here. After tasting 112 wines, this is where you decided to put your hard-earned.

This is not a theory or sales pitch but a genuine list of the wines you chose to buy after tasting. What real-life people took home with them on our Sales weekend.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices have been temporarily reduced to the prices we had on at the time. A second chance to leap in and invest.







Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
The Real Deal Well Priced
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
The winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a brilliant job with this Barossa Shiraz. That we can drink such riches for such a modest sum shows how blessed we are as wine consumers. For good reason Barossa Shiraz is the most important wine made in Australia. Shiraz of course thrives in the Australian climate and is associated globally with the country.
Historically the first regions cultivated were in the warm climates though it was not till the 1950s that the real significance of warm climate Shiraz began to be recognised.
As vintage passed to vintage it was in turn apparent that regions like the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale were blessed with some extra climatic influence which lifted the resulting wines above the pack. As the decades role on it will be much more than Penfolds Grange that shines in the Worlds market place. Back home today however you can drink this remarkable Shiraz at a most agreeable price.

Price: $9.99

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Trial Bin 5770 South Australia Full Bodied Rich Blend No 3 2013
A First from Glug Winemakers
Trial Bin 5770 South Australia Full Bodied Rich Blend No 3 2013

Region: South Australia
Wines with individual character are scarce and only available in small quantities and now at last we are a step closer yet at regular Glug prices.
This Bin 5770 is a fresh, full bodied red of a type once referred to as Burgundian. Yes it is for day to day pleasure but the guarantee is stronger today as we have controlled the process from go to woe.
There is a bar in Adelaide which buys barrel of wine and serves these by the glass and I have found similar in the London and particularly liked the wine bar Terroirs which sells what they term natural wines by the glass.
I like the scene and from barrel to bottle, then quickly to you enlivens your drinking, like being in a wine bar. Try this Trail Bin for a value for money delight. The winemakers bottled 30 cases in late August to start the new bottling equipment.

Price: $5.33

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Salem Valley Estates Barossa Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Full Flavoured Discovery
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Region: Barossa, SA
In any month we taste many samples though the number varies as it depends on whether we need more wines. Basically there is little point looking carefully if you do not need to buy. At times it is best to never know what you may have missed. Thus I can say we were not looking when a grower-maker who we often buy from urged us to try this wine. Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills has won widespread acceptance while Eden Valley which adjoins finds it much harder. A guiding principle of ours is to buy good wines when we find them; regardless of whether they copy an accepted model. So this wine is too full flavoured to be mistaken for a cool, crisp New Zealand style. Instead it is what it is; an outstanding wine which becomes a bargain because it dares to be what the variety becomes in the Eden Valley. I give it 10/10 on my value for money scale and please do not fuss about whether it resembles this or that.

Price: $6.99

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Trial Bin 576 South Australia Cabernedro 2013 and 2016
Ripper Bold New Red
Trial Bin 576 South Australia Cabernedro 2013 and 2016

Region: South Australia
Boldness will not come from dusting off old ways of winemaking or pretending to make natural wines but from rethinking how to get a good drink to the customer while lowering the price.
Today I release a brilliant effort from the winemaker Benjamin Parker which shows what is possible.
To a delightful base of 2013 South Australian Cabernet all from premium regions including the Barossa he has added a large chunk of 100% Barossa Valley Bonvedro 2016. The result is sensational as is the price of $65.
Boldness, directed where is should be, at the customer and without waffle.
We have been trialling ideas which lower prices for 18 months now, the Trial Bin Range, so you may drink better for less. We are not motivated as young turks are to be awarded ‘Young Gun Winemaker of the Year’ as we have ‘been there done that’. The real adventure is to rethink the whole world of wine from the ground up. Grab a box and see how we are going.

Price: $5.41

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Karrawirra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Latest Release 2014 Vintage
Karrawirra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The first vintage was the 1969 and the wine was made by Kee Lyn for the Kies family. I have drunk that wine and the 1973 and both were a pleasure. The winemaker Benjamin Parker revived the brand in 2004, though the first Shiraz was the 2008 vintage and customers who have purchased each vintage are very fortunate and I think wise. Being the Barossa Valley we are blessed with vintages that while variable make good and frequently great wines.
The 2011 was difficult and did not appear as Karrawirra. Like the others this vintage comes from the same block farmed by Andy Kalleske in the northern Barossa. This is a warmer and drier part of the Barossa yet the higher elevation brings cooler evenings and this creates subtle and complex differences. Followers of the brand will enjoy this vintage and cellaring is recommended.

Price: $12.99

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Crayford Barossa Valley Durif 2014
Wonderful Ripe Explosive
Crayford Barossa Valley Durif 2014

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Like many consumers my impressions of Durif came from Rutherglen where the Durif variety was first planted in 1908. It was never a regular drink but at times when I felt like a concentrated red with body weight, no better variety exisits, and then out it came.
The Australian wine business is rich and complex not only with its many vineyard regions but also with the thousands of enterprises and winemakers all working to accomplish their best. It seems to me most have a side project investigating how lesser known varieties perform in their locality.
Thus Durif has expanded far from Rutherglen and now many Barossan winemakers work with the variety. Winemaker Parker made it the strong background note in his first Brutus Shiraz Durif 2008, though this Crayford is the first 100% varietal we have released. Lovely wine and will look good on your dinner table.

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P.B. Burgoyne Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
New Release Coonawarra Bargain
P.B. Burgoyne Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Region: Coonawarra, SA
We have had two barrels of this Coonawarra for a number of years and at last, thankfully as small volumes are difficult to preserve, it is safely in bottle.

Back in late 2013 we purchased an enormous quantity of different Coonawarra Cabernets and this bottling signals the end.

This Coonawarra is a great deal and about the quality of the Wilson Fruit Colony which sells for $10.99 and has not been lower. It will keep for many more years. A great bargain and limited to one case per order.

Price: $8.99

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Philip Schaffer The Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
Sparkling for All Occasions
Philip Schaffer The Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Region: Australia
Australia has a long history of making sparkling wines and at Great Western you can still visit the winery and vineyards of one of these pioneers Hans William Irvine. Another famous maker was Leo Buring who worked at Minchinbury, though now consumed by Sydney suburbia. History shows these pioneers struggled in the long dark ages which extended into the 1950s before the table wine revival marked the awakening of a curiosity about all things to do with wine.
This led to the planting of more desirable grapes for sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and with this a revival of the high technical skills needed to make fresh exciting wines. It has been a long haul though as this year of record local consumption of French Champagne shows much work remains to convince consumers that great wines are being made. Glug does not make sparkling wine but we find the best we can and these are presented under the Philip Schaffer brand.

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Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
New Release Grandma Raethel
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

Region: Barossa Valley
From the wine maker Benjamin Parker:
'The Grandma Raethel wines will always have a special meaning as they represent the start of my winemaking career.
I arrived in the Barossa Valley in 2004 in time for my first vintage at the Veritas-Rolf Binder Winery, the junior apprentice starting as a cellar hand, to progress to the role of winemaker for Glug.
This vintage was important as the business idea I had tossed around with David in late 2003 to create Glug meant a change of occupation and a move from Melbourne and to be working with grapes and wine showed the adventure had begun.
While tending Rolf’s barrel stock after vintage I was taken by the beauty of a Shiraz which was a blend from two regions, Greenock and Vine Vale, the latter from the famous Hearnden family property.
I was keen to get Glug moving and had developed the idea of using a traditional Barossa family name to pay homage to the Barossa Valley and this became Grandma Raethel.
All it needed was a wine and Rolf stepped-up and graciously sold the new business two barrels of that wine which had impressed me so much. This became the Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2001 and was released in 2006.
Over the next twelve vintages we released seven Grandma Raethel reds, a library of my wine making skills.
To now be releasing the eighth, the Grandma Raethel Shiraz 2013, made with my assistant Greg Liebelt is a satisfying moment, a small part of the long road the Glug business has traveled.
The source of the grapes was a single vineyard in the far northern Barossa and we made 108 cases.'

Price: $16.99

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Big Red Mix No.14 from South Australia


Glug BIG RED Mix 14

A few alterations to No 13 means a change to No 14 though the highlight is still the Village Belle Mourvedre though in second place comes the Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Shiraz and the rather stout Ploughman. The joy of buying a mixed dozen is keeping up with what we do and concentrating on what is in each bottle plus the price is attractive.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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PPB Premium Private Bin 87 Barossa Valley Cabernedro 2016
Joy At Last And Barossa
PPB Premium Private Bin 87 Barossa Valley Cabernedro 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
If you drink red at lunch please read on. I find I’m not quite in the mood for the style of red I drink in the evening so for decades have approached the red for lunch in a different way.

I want a proper wine not a light ‘wind-bag’ but real with a bit of dance on the palate. Thus exciting and fresh meaning I go for something younger; the word light is often used but I do not like that description as it may mean weak, lacking in character, and worse dull with lower flavour.

I like Beaujolais but it is so hit and miss and more miss than hit. I find what I want in young Italian reds like Barbaresco and Dolcetto, some Spanish and native varieties from all over plus wines made using whole bunch fermentation.

With this in mind we began making the Perfect Press from McLaren Vale Grenache, hit it with the Postcards Barbera and now Benjamin is off and running with this Barossa Valley Cabernedro, a blend of 67% Cabernet and 33% Bonvedro and it is sensational. Light but with 15% abv so I think you get the picture.

Price: $8.25

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