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Mature Reds at Great Prices

The wine ritual of cellaring is deeply ingrained though the modern truth is correct that drinking younger tastes is the best taste. This means no more than five years after the release. Still old memories die hard. Depicted is the Tour D’Argent, Paris.

Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Region: McLaren Vale, SA

I often go to the small restaurant 'Fino' in the southern McLaren Vale town of Willunga. Sharon, who runs the front end, has a good wine selection and when I ask for a glass of something new and interesting, it is often a local Cabernet.

The seaside influence that develops the wine flavours in McLaren Vale wines is not far away in this variety and I detect a cooling, mintiness which is most attractive and merges into the bigger warmer flavours. This makes for a complex mix and the wines do well in the show ring with McLaren Vale Cabernets being awarded a good share of the top trophies and the golds. There is also a pleasing contrast between McLaren Vale and Barossa Cabernets and I urge you to drink them side by side. The maker of the wine was Nicholas Bourke and we are pleased with his talent and believe our customers will be as well.


Fabulous Discovery
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Shiraz 2015

Region: Limestone Coast, SA
Princeland remembers part of our past as this was the proposed name for a new state between Victoria and South Australia. For Glug customers Princeland is about the fabulous value we find from the vast region that encompasses Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Padthaway and another dozen or so districts.

A must for a serious consumer is to visit Coonawarra as it does have a hallowed feeling. The beauty of the reds of Coonawarra meant numerous other areas were planted with vines.

These of course do not have the same reputation as Coonawarra and we find beautiful, full bodied reds, in our view identical to Coonawarra can be purchased at low prices. For Shiraz you need to go to vineyards that are warmer thus we do not favour coastal regions. Padthaway and Bordertown, the limestone plateau east of Naracoorte, and a few other spots is where you find the Shiraz gold and at good prices.


Opening Price Perfecting the Late Afternoon Red
The Perfect Press McLaren Vale Grenache 2018

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Experiments began over 10 years ago, back in 2009, to develop a sappy, tasty red to open after a luncheon white.

A red which has flavour but low to very low extract, resembling say a Yarra Valley Pinot, yet sourced from South Australia with a different mouthfeel to a big Barossa Shiraz.

Benjamin settled on McLaren Vale Grenache and this is the fourth release. As you can see from the alcohol the Perfect Press does not develop the feel of lightness from low alcohol, low extract, and low flavor from early picked or unripe fruit but by using a variety like Grenache and not fermenting on skins for long and not returning the pressings to the wine.

This is nailing the flavours I had envisioned back in the early 2000s.


Final Bottling Out Today
Kincraig Limestone Coast Shiraz 2015

Region:Limestone Coast, SA

Coonawarra is justly famous and a pilgrimage to Penola, the local headquarters, was an essential for a young wine merchant back in the 1970s. Much has happened since then and Coonawarra is now the ‘capital city’ of a vast area called the Limestone Coast.

Over the last decades we have found many great bargains and the Kincraig is one of these. Glug does not make wine from the Limestone Coast but we have many contacts and from a regular supply of samples find what we are after for the right price. The best reds are made from Cabernet which gets full ripeness in this cooler region. With Shiraz we are much more cautious and knock back most samples.

We do not want and do not expect a Barossa Valley look alike but we do like ripeness. This is a good wine and will give customers much pleasure. It has now been in barrel for many years so you will discover oak on the palate. This is the final bottling.


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.


Maturity and Mataro Magnificent
Stockwell Creek 'Reserve' Barossa Valley Mataro 2012

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The Stockwell Reserve is a gorgeous wine from a single vineyard of 40 year old bush vines on Belvidere Road in the northern Barossa.

A few months back I talked to four of the best Barossa winemakers about Mataro. What I was told was summed up best by Rolf Binder, 'it's an intellectual variety'. I discovered reasons why this remarkable variety was forgotten and you can read about this on Glug.

As often mentioned the best wines are made in small volumes and we only bottled 55 dozen of this wine after it had spent 20 months maturing in puncheons. My notes show that before oak we had left the wine on skins for 18 days after fermentation, a risky but rewarding procedure which large companies would never contemplate.

Of all the Mataro's we sell this Stockwell best displays the wonderful characters of this variety; the 'Chinese spices' of Tim Smith, the 'slippery tannins' of Rolf Binder, the 'nuts and spices' of Kym Teusner and the 'delicacy and fragrance' of Pete Schell.


Traditional Holiday Xmas Mixed Red Dozen

Traditional Holiday Xmas Mixed Red Dozen

Each mixed Dozen contains:
Oakley Adams Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016
Bagot Station 'Captain's Table' Barossa Valley Dry Red Blend 2016
P B Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Restless Farm 'The Camel' Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Village Belle Barossa Valley Cinsault 2017
Kincraig Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Light and Finniss McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
P. B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016
Oakley Adams Coonawarra Cabernet 2015
Stonevale 'Red Barn' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro 2016
Light and Finniss Adelaidean SA Big Dry Red 2012
Restless Farm ‘The Bunny’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Includes a FREE copy of Mike Langfords photographic book on Tasman Peninsula (70 pages) which we sell for $29.90. I was with Mike when he took the photos which is how I obtained the book remainders. The mix is a compelling, add in the REF savings and you have a bargain.

Premium Holiday Xmas Six Pack with Extras

Premium Holiday Xmas Six Pack with Extras

Each case contains:
Rara Avis Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache 2013
Stockwell Creek Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Karrawirra Single Vineyard Moculta Barossa Valley Cabernet 2015
Trennert Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
Stockwell Creek Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2013
Then to fill the box you receive six bottles of a kitchen red, Trial Bin 657 South Australia Merlot Cabernet NV for free, value $35.00. There is also a saving on the six premiums of $31.00 plus included a FREE copy of Mike Langfords photographic book on Tasman Peninsula (70 pages) which we sell for $29.90. Langford is a multiple winner of the Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year and I was with him when he took the photos which is how I obtained the book remainders.

100% Barossa Valley - Guaranteed!

Glug 'It's All Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed' Mix

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Explore our Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 3

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 second mix of a wonderful new selection.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


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