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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.


Glug Winemakers SA Best Value Mix

Over the last six months the winemaking team of Benjamin, Greg and Mel have made many incredible value for money wines which are a Glug specialty. These have been collected into this South Australia Best Value Mix which at the price offers incredible value.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Winemakers Create Great Bargain
Trial Bin 879 South Australia Dry Red Blend 2013

Region: South Australia
Blending Trials never stop at a winery. The difference with Glug is that if Benjamin believes it is of interest to customers he will then have 20 cases bottled. Part of the Glug ethos is ‘variety is the spice of life’ so wines come and go at a furious pace. There is quite a lot of Barossa in this Trial which lifts the taste so is another that will not be around for long and is limited to one case per order.


Pioneer Vineyard Growers First was 2009
Colton & Hewett McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Benjamin is a bloodhound on the loose when he heads off to search for wines. All leads are followed but only a precious few make his ears lift. Being Barossa based we treasure the wines we find from the great regions further south as we wish to offer a broad selection of what can be discovered along the 300-kilometre arc of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty range.

McLaren Vale fronts the eastern coast of the gulf country coast meaning the grape ripening is influenced by cooling, ocean breezes, flowing in from the great mega Southern Ocean. McLaren Vale then sits in a favourable, vineyard setting which extends from the ocean front in a widening V shaped wedge reaching 10 kilometres in width which abuts a fault scarp.

The result is a pocket of world class vineyards which make many of Australia’s greatest reds. Recognition of this is recent with a stumbling start dating to the 1960s. The first Colton and Hewett, a Glug revival was a 2009 McLaren Vale Shiraz. Please note this is for current drinking, will keep, but not for prolonged cellaring.


100% Barossa at Bargain Price
Bagot Station 'Captains Table' Blend No 2 Barossa Valley 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.


Fresh Lemony Has Easy Appeal
Cleanskin Port Lincoln South Australia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016

Region: Port Lincoln, SA
I was last on the Eyre Peninsula in 2010 and like the pioneer wineries I soon recognised that it was indeed an excellent location for vineyards, best towards the wetter end near Port Lincoln.

A look at the climate records suggest it is a bit cooler then McLaren Vale but not as cool as Kangaroo island so its good country for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon made in the style of Margaret River SSB’s.

Of the stock Benjamin purchased this is the obvious wine to recommend as it has such widespread appeal. Has all the right flavours and cannot think of any similar style as good at this price.


Quality Winemaker Trials Mix

Glug Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia Mixed Dozen

The wine maker Benjamin has begun a new round of red wine Trials a process I watch with great interest. The reasons for Trials are many but at the back of both of our minds is a quest to perfect the best ever, value for money reds. Perhaps inspired by the Penfolds Koonunga Hill and Jacobs Creek creations that were released in the late 1970 which changed customers views of budget wines from no-way to yes-please. I was excited by a number of the Trials and asked for them to be bottled so three are new. This is a fabulous mix of what we do and to make them more attractivbe have an opening weekend price of $69.90.

I call this mix ‘The Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia’ mixed dozen which contains three bottles of the following four wines:

Trial Bin 656 South Australia Adelaidean Cabernet Grenache 2013
Trial Bin 657 South Australia Merlot Cabernet NV
Trial Bin 667 Barossa Valley Dry Red Blend 2016
Trial Bin 576 South Australia Carbernedro 2013/2016

Explore SA's Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 6

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.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


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