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Weekend Specials

Hand Made in the Barossa
YET Incredibly
The Same Price as Two Litre Casks

What we do at Glug is individual, handmade, unique creations, we do not
do large bulk lots with no character and our wines are dry, often bone dry.

Many Experiments Produce Wonderful Trial
Trial Bin 596 South Australia Dry Red Blend NV

Region: South Australia
Recall that we bottle many of our own wines which means Trials and Experiments have moved from large beaker sized ideas to small production runs. Using a professional bottling hall means you must commit to hundreds of cases and that stops dead anything that was not seen as a 100% certainty to sell.

This stifles creativity and many lovely wines I’m certain you would enjoy were never made. We bottled 30 cases of this Trial Bin 596 which blends two vintages to make a better taste but keeps the price low.

I call then kitchen reds; you sip these while preparing a meal. The spirit of change lives at Glug so each of these Trials is different but note they are all warm climate reds so flavor comes first. When we make a cool climate red you will be informed. The Bin 596 is a bargain at the opening price so a limit of one case per order - thanks.


Boldness in Winemaking Delivers Great Reward
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.


Full Flavours Returns with Second Bottling
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz (Second Bottling) 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I have to go back to 2012 to find the last time we sold a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality at this price. Indeed this Burgoyne is all we like and look for in a wine.
The origin is the most sought after region in Australia - the Barossa Valley, the grapes were grown by well-known farmers, the wine maker Benjamin Parker prepared the wine for bottling which is a critical job and we supervised the bottling locally.
The wine was not made by us but on the bench against comparable samples this wine stood out as a grade above the others the and as you do we pulled the sample forward. The transaction was done and here it is released under the wine-merchant label of P B Burgoyne.
Burgoyne commenced business in 1871 as a UK importer of Australian wines and strode like a colossus across our landscape.
We hope he is pleased with our efforts and I am certain customers will be. At this introductory price this should become the bread and butter red yet with the knowledge you are drinking a very high grade. This is what we are good at and is very close to our ideal of vineyard, grower, maker.


Amazing Value What a Wine!
Barbarossa Benjamin Parker Single Barrel Selection Valley Blend No.2 Barossa Valley 2013

Region: Barossa Valley
This single barrel is an early creation which was isolated and left to rest in better oak. There are 33 cases. This is what I wrote a year ago about the general concept.

'It is natural for the winemakers to want to experiment. Some of these are released as Bin Numbered Red Trials. When satisfied things are right a new brand is created. This is the second Barbarossa and like the 2012 is a heavyweight, field blend packed with weight and power.

It contains many varieties though the idea of the trials is to find a natural combination of flavours which move away from single variety wines. I like the term of Valley Blend or Field Blend, less mono-culture and more as grapes were once grown as in old vineyards where the varieties are mixed and enter the winery already blended.

Shiraz has moved to very high prices so the Barbarossa is built around full flavoured varieties like Mataro which are cheaper plus others we accumulate which have no natural home. The European have been making similar combinations for hundreds of years and the Barbarossa is inspired by the field blends of the Cote du Rhone.

The wine drinks well now but has the depth to be put aside for many years should you wish. All up the winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a terrific job.'


Intense and Full Bodied
Glug 'The Accord' Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
The blending of Shiraz and Cabernet in our warm climate regions such as the Barossa Valley goes back to the 1940s.

It makes less sense in cooler regions as the divergence between the flavours grows and the varieties are no longer comfortable together. In this way it was natural that Benjamin and Greg began Trials of the two varieties back in 2016. This blend began as Trial Bin 5632 and because it clicked has been released as The Accord or a coming together.

Recall in a wine like this we follow tradition meaning we wanted to create a full bodied red with ripe flavours. The more we see of the 2015 vintage the better it looks so this wine will improve in a cool storage place.

The wine was bottled a few months ago and the quantity made was 50 cases.


No.6 Formidable Creation Mid Weight
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.


Ultra Value at Low Price
Landaus Vintners 'Chapmans Crossing' South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Region: South Australia
I’m over the moon with this latest creation being a blend from our considerable stocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alert readers are aware that being able to see an opportunity for a smart red, take it to the tasting bench, and shortly after have it bottled at our winery premises is creating an amazing array of wonderful reds at all price points.

It began with Benjamin and Greg cleaning up all manner of odds and ends which had accumulated for years. Since then it has moved to making an array of reds in tiny quantities, careful to preserve the difference, which give our customers a constantly changing banquet, in a way that big wineries dealing in tens to hundreds of thousands of cases can never do.

The last Chapmans Crossing was made in 2011 and to give you an idea of what to expect is was a white and a blend of Semillon, Riesling and Chenin blanc from high altitude vineyards in the Hilltops, Canberra and Tumbarumba. So expect plenty of interest from this little bargain-red not white of course.


Weekend Extreme Value
Farmers & Growers 'Wheatsheaf' South Australia NV Dry Red

Region: South Australia
A colleague I worked with for a few years with an impressive palate screwed up her face with excitement when she discovered a bargain, loudly saying, ‘Oh a nice little cheapie.’

This is a very Glug expression and combines well with the spirit of the Glug winemakers who see making bargain reds as creative as making our best single vineyard wines. If a better taste means abandoning convention then so be it thus the new Farmers and Growers Wheatsheaf, the last was a 2008, is a blend of two vintages.

To put you at ease consider the very expensive Champagne Lanson Père et Fils Brut NV; a blend of 50% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay, and 15% pinot meuniere; made from 100 crus (different vineyards), with 50% from Grands and Premiers crus, with a minimum addition of 30% of reserve wines from 10 different vintages.

So let’s be relaxed about blending vintages as long as this improves the taste which is the case with the new Wheatsheaf. At the opening price a limit of one case per order.


SA Reds Selection

Glug South Australian All Red Selection Series 1

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Big Savings on Big Red Mix

Glug BIG RED Mix 15

We move on to the No 15 with plenty of highlights though I still favour the Village Belle Mourvedre which is still with us though in second place comes the Langdorf Barossa Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rish, full flavoured Kitts Creek Cabernet. 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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