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Friday Specials
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Enormous Friday Big Red

Big reds containing a lot of extract do need more time to settle down in bottle. Try a bottle then delay opening the Friday special till mid year.

Exceptional Quality
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

Region:Adelaide Hills, SA

The region called the Adelaide Hills extends NE-SW for 70 kilometres, a very large region of which about 4000 hectares are vineyards.

It covers a patch of high ground, above 300 metres and up to 600 metres, lying to the east of Adelaide. Imagine a patch work quilt of vineyards rather than an extensive sheet of co-joined vineyards.

This means the region is a place of great diversity of styles though the average quality is high to very high. Vineyards face all directions with variable angles of slope and exposure. Being higher it is cooler so we like the whites while being cautious about the reds. Exceptional Chardonnays have been made for decades and are still improving in quality. We did not make this wine but purchased it from a maker we follow.


Youthful Will Develop
Bin 631 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region:Barossa Valley
To be honest this needs more time.

It should have been left in barrel for another 18 months but here it is so squash a case in the coolest part of the house and leave.

With that said more wine has been ruined by cellaring than has ever been turned into a delight and I doubt if 10% comes out with mature tastes which are better than the tastes of youth.

You know what to expect so please keep your hands off this Shiraz for as long as you can.


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.


Amazing Red Lunch To Late
Glug 'The Italian Job II' Barossa Valley Montepulciano 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

I have moved my view of this wine from ‘how interesting’ when first tried into the better category of ‘very good indeed’. Benjamin has been playing around with a batch of unusual Barossa varities in his endless quest to make interesting to great wines. The story I have been told is that Greg Liebelt went to a local winery to pick up some recent purchases which were in barrel.

He says that inadvertently he also hoisted two barrels of this fine Montepulciano onto the truck. Later noting the error they rang the winemaker who said for all the trouble he would sell one barrel, and thus this wine became known as the Italian job. It was duly bottled for the February tasting and not being around I had no idea of its existence till much later.

The variety is one of the dozen or so new plantings that are being adapted to the Barossa. I like the wine and while new things are hard to introduce I hope it has a future. Full flavoured but in that Italian way, so it does it for me for that late lunch.


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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