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Why the Barossa is
World Class and Global Favourite

The Barossa Valley is a small, tightly defined region within the 300-kilometre chain of old rocky hills and scarps, of the mount Lofty Adelaidean Range. The Adelaidean Range is a world class wine region with the Barossa Valley being seen by many as the shining jewel.

Very Great Barossa Red
Bengalee Barossa Valley Grenache 2014

Region: Barossa Valley

The first Bengalee was a Shiraz 2008 and the first Grenache was the 2010 making this release the fourth Grenache. All wine regions over a certain size show enough landscape variability such that it makes sense to talk of sub-regions. In this case the vineyard source was up around Greenock along the western ridges where its higher and being from the northern Barossa Valley also a bit warmer.

This region also takes the brunt of the westerly weather so it is often wetter in winter. These landscape changes are not sharp so drawing boundaries is silly but there is enough variation in the Greenock sub region to move the flavours away from the norm. Grenache was planted likely from the start in the 1840s though as often mentioned being able to buy 100% Barossa Valley Grenache is quite recent.

At Glug we are big supporters of the variety, indeed we see drawing your attention to Barossa Grenache as a duty but alas the beauty of the flavours are not widely embraced. Very simply this spells out bargain as the Barossa has a finite size and the flavours cannot be duplicated elsewhere.


Glorious Barossa Grenache Shines Again
Harem 'Rosita' Barossa Valley Grenache Vermentino 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Fabulous wine and the best rose we have offered since the miracle Rosita 2006 with its herbal, faintly bitter, finishing twist. You can make Rose in any wine region and really use any variety. If you are not serious you just add some red wine to colour white wine and-presto.

In my view the correct Barossa Rose is made from a base of Grenache with lesser amounts of varieties like Mataro or in this case Vermentino to heighten complexity. Grenache is a variety which takes a long time to ripen and accumulate colour and must be grown in a warm region, the Barossa being the perfect home.

I vividly recall Kaiser Stuhl Grenache Barossa Roses of the 1970s which were delicious though this correct style passed into mass produced sweeter wines. Only in the last 10 years has a serious attempt been resumed to create this authentic, classic warm climate rose.

Benjamin worked closely with another winemaker on this project and after many trials discovered the addition of Vermentino gave the back palate lift they were seeking. A brilliant wine of distinction and character.


Exemplary in Preserving What the Barossa Brings Forth
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
In the early years of making the Grandma we shifted around a lot, for example trying many varieties, as we began our expression of authentic Barossa goodness.

More recently we have settled into presenting the two varieties Cabernet and Shiraz and have dropped the blends. Shiraz dominates the theme of the Barossa Valley but Cabernet also has a right to honours.

While this variety is associated with cooler climates like Coonawarra and Margaret River it has a long history in the Barossa Valley and the oldest Cabernet vines in the world are thought to be those on Penfolds Block 42 planted in early 1890.

I recall an Orlando Barossa Cabernet 1953 which was sensational so the Barossa warmth simply brings out another side of this famous variety.

The wine was made using traditional methods, basket pressed and left in seasoned French oak until bottling in April 2018.


Better than the Last the 2013
Andrina Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
Oh how we love the flavours of Langhorne Creek Shiraz. Let me explain why. The Langhorne Creek region lies over the Mount Lofty range from McLaren Vale on the eastern side.

It adjoins Lake Alexandrina and the grape flavours are a mix of the inland heat flowing south and cool ocean and lake breezes flowing from the mouth of the Murray. Langhorne Creek has a wine business which stretches back to 1859 but the realisation of the brilliance of the wines has been slow in coming. Can a work of art sit unrecognised for a long period and no one understand its importance?

Wolf Blass of course made three Jimmy Watson ‘Black Label’ winners in a row, the 1973, 1974, and 1975 as he saw readily what the rest of us did not. Even that charge though was not enough and the region slid back into obscurity. The grapes of course go into many lovely wines but our wine companies sell multi-regional blends with little or no mention of the origin of the grapes so you would never know what role Langhorne Creek played.

For Andrina we use the symbol of the Point Malcolm lighthouse shone which westward across Lake Alexandrina towards the vineyards of Langhorne Creek from 1878 till 1931 and was the only inland lighthouse in Australia.


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.


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.


Perfection with Rare Variety
Village Belle Barossa Valley Cinsault 2017

Region: Barossa Valley

We use the term ‘new varietals’ for recent plantings of unfamiliar varieties which have only recently been planted in Australia though in the country of origin may have been cultivated for +1000 years. Cinsault though is an example of a variety which has been growing in Australia for likely over a century and has simply been overlooked in the rush to market Shiraz and Cabernet.

As the wine business in Australia matures this allows the more adventurous wine-makers to make small quantities of these lesser known varieties, both to discover what they taste like but also offer them to a wider though generally a specialised group of customers.

The Village Belle series of wines is where Benjamin offers up the best of these wonderous and quite delicious wines. Being a Barossan this is a ripe warm red but the texture is different to a Shiraz in being flamboyant and chewy not fat and meaty.

The aroma is also fragrant and perfumed. The alcohol is the same as other Barossa reds but the wine appears softer on the palate. A welcome surprise.


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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 1

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 first mix of a wonderful new selection.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


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