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Three Sizzling White Specials

A new discounting has arrived but it does not destroy retail price maintenance so much as add to confusion. Sort out where the discounts are real however and you win.

Barossa Valley Salt of the Earth
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The Goat is a pure expression of Barossa Shiraz with a light dose of mature oak as it does not see new oak. Benjamin does not want the rich, ripeness and complex flavours developed from the fruit being clouded or masked with new oak. The wine does though have a lot of extract so stands easily on its own. The first vintage was the 2008 and with the Karrawirra is a staple of Glug.

Goat Square is an historic masterpiece as it was the old centre of Tanunda, Barossa Valley, and survives with three original cottages on the corners of the square with the oldest, the Rieschieck house built in 1850. This style of wine is what we wanted to do when coming to the Barossa which is let each vintage express itself and to do this we use simple wine making methods.

These can be summed up as pick, ferment in small open fermenters, settle and age for two years in old, oak puncheons. Benjamin does not over-use pump-overs which can extract unwanted hard flavours, there is no pre or post soaking and no new oak. Most vintages in the Barossa deliver all the flavour needed as in this 2016.


Quick Pass Me a Cold Glass
Trial Bin W162 Barossa Valley Dry White Blend 2018

Region:Barossa Valley
The tinkering never stops as the winemakers compare notes and ideas. How will this go with that, means you never know till you do it, so they do. Those that make sense move off the lab bench and perhaps a Trial Bin is measured up and made. I’m all for it as the more variety, once approved of course, the better it is for customers.


Discovery from Woodside Historic Town
Stratus Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

This Stratus is the third release from the same source in the Adelaide Hills, a high altitude vineyard above the town of Woodside. To bring out the best of Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool climate and to get this coolness in Australia requires elevation or a southern cool region like Tasmania.
Around 1978 New Zealand released the cool tasting Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying, river terraces of Marlborough, located at the northern end of the South Island. At this time little was grown in Australia but gradually the plantings expanded. The wines from low lying land, even when close to the cooling ocean are not as complex as those from the higher altitude vineyards.
At this stage some of the best come from the Adelaide Hills and in this large region I think the ‘best of the best’ come from the region near Woodside called the Basket Range.
Differences in climates and winemaking methods from each region means those from Adelaide Hills have similarities and differences to those from New Zealand. With the Stratus you will discover a steelier, tight complexity when compared for example to fruitier wines.


A Taste of Southern Europe in Your Home
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Vermentino 2017

Region:Barossa Valley
Italy and the islands in the Mediterranean are the home for this variety. I have been tracking Verementino for 30 years and any fault I detected was never been the variety only the winemaking. That cheap white you had on Corsica was likely made from Vermentino.

At Glug we are wary of fads but go a long way out of our way to preserve the difference which I suppose is a fad in our way. High quality drinking enjoyment can only come with a varied diet, so we buy different varieties when they are offered to provide a point of difference. I do not see Viognier and Vermentino ever having wide appeal but are essential for consumers who are looking for that extra dimension when they open a bottle.

A simple observation is how easily we alter what we drink when visiting another country yet how we cling to habits at home. Vermentino is a very easy variety to slip into and shows none of the crazy differences you will discover for example in a Gewürztraminer. Recommended.


Trials Mean Advances Never Stop
Trial Bin W157 Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
A small advance for Glug was installing, in mid 2017, a micro bottling machine. This means we can bottle single barrels and experiments that work. The latter I call Trial Bins and Benjamin has conducted a vast number of blending trials over many years, forever searching for the best result. I find it gratifying that now, a few of his fine achievements, can be offered to customers. Naturally the Trial Bins are limited in cases but Glug customers are very aware of the oddness of this business. The GI region called the Adelaide Hills covers a large area and while it is all good the choice area is higher which is perfect for white varieties. This Trial comes partly from this core region but as with our reds judicious additions make a more complex and satisfying wine. This is a great purchase for students of the ways of Glug.


Fabulous Barossa Valley Discovery
Stonevale 'Red Barn' Bin 671 Winemakers Blend Barossa Valley 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
About six weeks ago Benjamin purchased a mixed lot of reds from a local boutique winery. As is often the way with wines we accept this vintage did not match their exacting standards.

When you sell wines at $35 to over $60 a bottle they must be good.

In ours hands and with additions from Glug stocks the wines now have a very high value for money rating. This Red Barn is similar to previous Red Barns by being a blend of Mataro and Grenache though we have added Cabernet and some pressings. The result is a great Barossa bargain.


100% Barossa Valley - Guaranteed

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

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Explore our Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 4

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.

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