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Monday Bargains

New Coonawarra Red

Plus GMS Grenache Cinsault

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Bright Deep Colour Red Country
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Coonawarra, SA

Stretching eastward from Margaret River to Mornington Peninsula and further east to Mallacoota and the N.S.W. border are what I term the vineyards of the Southern Coastline. The flavours are influenced by the coolness of the Great Southern Ocean inter-acting with the heat of the land.

Of the many regions now recognised Coonawarra was the undisputed champion until well into the 1990s. Now it is rivalled by Margaret River, the great Southern of WA and regions east like the Yarra Valley. Of course long-established vineyards and a depth of wine making talent means when the vintage is good the wines are world class. In my youthful days I thought of Coonawarra as the Bordeaux of the southern hemisphere.

There are similarities but I have a more nuanced view these days as the maritime climates are not the same. The heat of our warmer inland pushes south and makes for a fuller, riper style.

Now I see all wine regions as unique as it’s impossible to exactly duplicate the same set of conditions which exists on another part of the globe. You do though get bands of similarity and this Coonawarra has the noticeable, firmer grip of cool climate Cabernet.


Glorious and Complex Barossa
Glug 'The Outsider' Barossa Valley Cinsault 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

We have been dealing in Cinsault for the last four years since we discovered a top supplier. It is not common in the Barossa Valley but is one of the heritage varieties dating back prior to C1900.

It is widely grown along the Meditteranean coast of France and also in Algeria and Morocco so it can handle the odd burst of heat which hits the Barossa Valley. We like the variety as it shows aromas and flavours that are not seen in Shiraz and Cabernet.

Benjamin has been using it to add complexity to a range of wines and this tiny bottling was done to show customers on tasting day many of the varietal components we use to make the final wines.

It is delicious on its own in the same way that Grenache is, and we see great possibilities in the variety as a luncheon to late afternoon red. A smart al-fresco style with cold meats-that sort of wine and I think the variety will prove quite a discovery for Glug customers. Limit one case per order.


Fabulous Vintage Delivers Pleasure
Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Dry Red Blend 2012

Region: South Australia
Small parcels of back vintage wine exist in many wineries. Wineries are good housekeepers and these lots are well looked after.

At some time though they must be sold and thankfully we get a few of the right calls. Benjamin has done a wonderful job with this base, and recall we purchased way too much of this vintage, so we had several interesting varieties to add to the final blend.

Lastly and ‘please forgive us’ if you are the ultimate purist the final blend was freshened with younger Barossa wine. The Adelaidean concept first appeared in 2015 as we wanted a large multi-district regional name which would allow us to blend wines from premium places like the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek.

Thus Adelaidean-Mount Lofty wines come from the continuous range which extends 350 kilometres from the Southern Flinders to Kangaroo Island.


First the 2008 the 2016 Is Our Best Ever
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
This is the fourth Grenache release the first being the 2008. The Grenache is released every year as the market is much smaller for Shiraz. The grapes though go into other wines, one of the reason our cheaper blends are such excellent value.

Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are the heritage varieties of the Barossa, and Grenache was widely grown as it vine can be induced to crop heavily and with high sugar content was perfect for making port.

As the fortified market faded old vines were grubbed out because of lack of demand and more importantly the skills to make a thick concentrated red had not evolved and growers were still cropping to highly for table wines.

This changed in the 1980s though really its only since the new century that I have felt comfortable recommending Barossa Valley Grenache. Its appeal will steadily grow and 90% of wineries would now make a version though some settled for the varietal blend know as GMS. Glug stock many pure Grenache wines and blends. I have confidence that this 100% varietal will gather wide support. Great wine and well done Benjamin.


2018 June Sale Bargain No 7
Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I like the full ripe flavours of the Kaldukee and the winemaker Benjamin Parker has done an excellent job.
I have always wanted ripeness in reds meaning flavour and through the 1980s was one of the few retailers still championing the reds of Penfolds.
Currently in our wine shows the judges have drifted to far from the middle ground in their praise of cool climate reds, perhaps forgetting that the most successful wine, Penfolds Grange is commonly from 90% Barossa Valley fruit.
Hence the Grenache component is a big solid ripe wine and handles well the solid Shiraz.
Thus for a pleasant richer style giving a lot of quality for the price the Langdorf Kaldukee has much which will appeal.


Big Savings on Big Red Mix

Glug BIG RED Mix 19

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

SA Reds Selections

Glug South Australian All Red Selection Series 3

Before late 2015 many of the experiments and special parcels made by the wine makers were blended away. Steadily through 2016 even tiny amounts were bottled and this process accelerated when we began our own in-house bottling from September, 2016. It is wines such as these which make up the South Australian Selections Series No 1. The winemakers place a great deal of effort into making what I call, kitchen reds, and this mix shows the results.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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