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Weekend Bargains

Rich Ripe Reds
At LOW Weekend Prices

Two special reds made for this weekend. Plus six other good, flavoured, ripe bargains.



100% Barossa at Bargain Price
Trial Bin 667 Barossa Valley Red Blend 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
Benjamin has pulled off a triumph and purchased a cache of lovely reds from a local winery. Recall that small boutique wineries charge a lot more than Glug and whether the wines are better is best left to customers to decide. If though you charge $25 or $30 a bottle you cannot dud customers and most do not.

The wines Ben purchased were not at the level to justify a $30 price so we purchased the lot. Then a stuff up at our end as about 20 boxes have the old Bagot label which sold out back in June.

This wine is a 2016 and a blend of Barossa Valley Mataro, Grenache and Cabernet and the labels have been altered by hand plus I have lowered the price to quit levels. Years back when this happened we used to soak labels off and that’s all too hard. Thanks for helping out.

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Youthful Will Develop
Bin 631 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region:Barossa Valley
To be honest this needs more time.

It should have been left in barrel for another 18 months but here it is so squash a case in the coolest part of the house and leave.

With that said more wine has been ruined by cellaring than has ever been turned into a delight and I doubt if 10% comes out with mature tastes which are better than the tastes of youth.

You know what to expect so please keep your hands off this Shiraz for as long as you can.

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Drinking Well At Little Cost
Borderland Estates 'Flocking Galloots' Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Benjamin on a recent buying trip discovered a cache of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and purchased the lot. Time and time again our purchases of gold quality wines come about for the same reason. Wineries like to get rewarded for well-made wines and refuse offers which are too low. This may work to their advantage though as time ticks by the selling job gets a little harder.

When you have in stock the 2017 vintage and a bumper 2018 harvest the time has arrived to get what you can for the older vintages. Yet consider this; wines are stored in stainless steel tanks at low temperature and are held in suspended animation, with changes being very slow.

Thus in-effect Benjamin has purchased a collection of Chardonnays at one third the price of the 2018s. This is what wine merchants do. The wines are shipped to the winery, tested and bottled under stelvin caps which also slows ageing. This is how wonderful bargains are created.

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Great Red from Fortuitous Purchase
Light & Finniss Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
The first Light and Finniss was a 2007 Barossa red and there have been dozens since. This beauty is based on a collection of Langhorne Creek reds that Benjmain purchased a few months back. We rate Langhorne Creek Shiraz highly and have been consistent buyers since our start.

The position of Langhorne Creek is very special being next to the lower lakes of the Murray River yet also receives bursts of summer heat which is ideal for Shiraz.

Captain Charles Sturt reached the mouth of the Murray River on 9th February, 1830 and in 1837 Colonel Light began surveying from the other side of the range and it was not till the late 1840s that land around Langhorne Creek was ready for sale.

We find good value wines from this region and purchase of the Light and Finniss is recommended.

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Glug Classic Goes Back Many Years
Telegraph Road South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Region: South Australia
Early Telegraphs date back to 2006 though the first of the Telegraph Roads was a 2008 vintage.

Back in my shop retailing days I was the first to see the appeal in richly flavoured, bargain priced reds and did much to build consumer awareness for Penfolds Koonunga Hill, Yalumba Galway Claret and many, many others. Thus we put a lot of effort into these styles of wines and now that Benjamin Parker is the winemaker in charge they are getting better and better.

discovered a Cabernet, made by a famous winemaker with vast Coonawarra experience, several months ago and found it blended nicely with our stocks. On the tasting bench the wine stood out and was instantly pulled forward-as you do, (poor wines are pushed back).

The focus then is on the blend which is from many premium regions but all South Australian with a high percentage from Langhorne Creek. The result is excellent. Rated 10/10 on my value for money index.

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New Blend Improves Quality
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. 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 this 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.

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Exceptional Line and Length
Donnybrook Clare Valley Riesling 2018

Region: Clare Valley, SA
One of the first wines we purchased upon arrival in the Barossa Valley back in 2004 was a cleanskin Clare Valley Riesling. It was a fair wine, cheap enough but the reason I bring this up is to ask; of all the wines we could purchase, why begin with a Riesling?

After-all in the last 40 years Riesling has not gained much market share. I think this is another example of merchants buying wines they like rather than the majority of customers prefer. Well we continued and our Rieslings have evolved over the last three vintages into a range of very affordable and beautiful wines.

And Glug customers who are largely red customers are buying the odd case. Here is the sixth release of the Donnybrook from the Clare Valley.

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No. 10 A Bunny from Down on the Farm
Restless Farm 'The Bunny' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
The Restless Farm reds bring to the table the healthy goodness of the fruit of the vine with minimal adornment. Rather like a fresh food movement or better a fresh, wine movement; being a revival of a bright, fruit driven, red styles, as seen in a carafe of wine drawn from the barrel. Or as the winemaker says; that’s the way it’s made down on the Restless Farm.

They are sourced from South Australian classical regions and for the record the first was the Padthaway Goat Shiraz from 2008. We believe the Restless style will resonate with many who feel that the full flavour potential of reds is damped down by fussy winemaking.

Smart and sophisticated are the Restless Farm wines and if we use one word to describe them they are ‘bright’. Bright is a term used in the tasting of tea where it is used to describe ‘the lifted taste that accentuates the good flavours of freshness’.

The Bunny was made with the cooperation of winemakers at the McLaren Vintners winery in McLaren Vale.

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100% Barossa Valley - Guaranteed!


Glug 'It's All Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed' Mix

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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Explore our Rich Reds


Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 2

The reds of South Australia are very special. The reason is the geography of the premium vineyard regions means the climate is a balance between cooling and ripening in a way which is not found anywhere else on the globe. The bunches of grapes are pulled towards the coolness of the Great Southern Mega Ocean which slows flavour development, which can alter quickly by the intense, inland, heat flowing in from the baking, red centre. It is this balance, constantly tilting, which makes complex, intense, interesting flavours which are best referred to as warm flavoured reds. Though a grower in Coonawarra may well disagree. Any-way this is the second mix of a wonderful new selection.

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