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Quality For Money
They Don’t Get Lower
They Don’t Get Better

What Glug offers is wines with taste at agreeable prices though they are, of course, hand selected and bottled by us.

Pioneer Vineyard Growers First was 2009
Colton & Hewett McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Benjamin is a bloodhound on the loose when he heads off to search for wines. All leads are followed but only a precious few make his ears lift. Being Barossa based we treasure the wines we find from the great regions further south as we wish to offer a broad selection of what can be discovered along the 300-kilometre arc of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty range.

McLaren Vale fronts the eastern coast of the gulf country coast meaning the grape ripening is influenced by cooling, ocean breezes, flowing in from the great mega Southern Ocean. McLaren Vale then sits in a favourable, vineyard setting which extends from the ocean front in a widening V shaped wedge reaching 10 kilometres in width which abuts a fault scarp.

The result is a pocket of world class vineyards which make many of Australia’s greatest reds. Recognition of this is recent with a stumbling start dating to the 1960s. The first Colton and Hewett, a Glug revival was a 2009 McLaren Vale Shiraz. Please note this is for current drinking, will keep, but not for prolonged cellaring.


Wonderful Mix of Freshness and Complexity
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Valley Semillon Chardonnay 2016

Region: Barossa, SA
Semillon was planted in the Barossa Valley back in the 1880s and until recently was a part of any growers mix of varieties.

The variety makes interesting wines in cool and warm climates and has a claim to be called the white variety of the Barossa Valley For a time in the 1980s and 1990s Semillon was in great demand and growers were encouraged to plant more as brands such as Peter Lehmann were selling huge quantities.

It was not to be a good move as the growth of vineyards in other cooler regions and the rise of Marlborough, New Zealand, say sales plummet and they will never recover. For this reason vineyards across the valley are replanting with red varieties which will have an endless future. Still the wines are very good indeed and being hard to sell means prices are low.

At Glug we always buy good wine when it is offered on favourable terms and to this excellent base Benjamin has added a wonderful complex, delicate Chardonnay and the two complement each other well.


Two Varieties Making Magic
Glug 'Rotwang' Barossa Valley Cabernedro 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
Rotwang may have been crazy though this blend shows the breadth and depth of what the Barossa offers. The idea that only Shiraz counts is just silly though I agree it is by far the biggest seller. Bonvedro is an old heritage variety that was only discovered a few vintages ago.

It had been misclassified as Cinsault when it likely was scooped up with a great number of old Portuguese varieties which were planted for the fortified business. Benjamin loves the variety and has blended it, accompanied with-as they say in food circles, with Cabernet.

Then the mad scientist in him invented the name Cabernedro. The result has less extract and body weight than Shiraz but all the Barossa flavour and again expands the idea of what you can expect from a Barossa red. Excellent result and quickly became a favourite of mine for warmer days.


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.


Brilliant Combination Cabernet from Winemaking Team
Landaus Vintners 'Chapmans Crossing' South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Second Bottling)

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.


Quick Pass Me a Cold Glass
Trial Bin W162 Barossa Valley Dry White Blend 2018

Region:Barossa Valley
When we are asked by a boutique winery to make an offer on bulk wines it is seldom a single wine but a range of varieties and vintages which is offered. Mostly we take the lot. This then means half a dozen unique wines can be made from the selection.

The best are stabilised and bottled while others such as this Trial Bin W162 come about from taste experiments which will include Glug stocks. The base is Barossa Semillon which I adore and Chardonnay then other varieties to make a wonderful field blend. Good value here and a return to a flavoured white with texture which allows it to be served at a very low temperature.


Drinking Well At Little Cost
Borderland Estates 'Flocking Galloots' Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Benjamin on a recent buying trip discovered a cache of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay and purchased the lot. Time and time again our purchases of gold quality wines come about for the same reason. Wineries like to get rewarded for well-made wines and refuse offers which are too low. This may work to their advantage though as time ticks by the selling job gets a little harder.

When you have in stock the 2017 vintage and a bumper 2018 harvest the time has arrived to get what you can for the older vintages. Yet consider this; wines are stored in stainless steel tanks at low temperature and are held in suspended animation, with changes being very slow.

Thus in-effect Benjamin has purchased a collection of Chardonnays at one third the price of the 2018s. This is what wine merchants do. The wines are shipped to the winery, tested and bottled under stelvin caps which also slows ageing. This is how wonderful bargains are created.


Exceptional Line and Length
Donnybrook Clare Valley Riesling 2018

Region: Clare Valley, SA
One of the first wines we purchased upon arrival in the Barossa Valley back in 2004 was a cleanskin Clare Valley Riesling. It was a fair wine, cheap enough but the reason I bring this up is to ask; of all the wines we could purchase, why begin with a Riesling?

After-all in the last 40 years Riesling has not gained much market share. I think this is another example of merchants buying wines they like rather than the majority of customers prefer. Well we continued and our Rieslings have evolved over the last three vintages into a range of very affordable and beautiful wines.

And Glug customers who are largely red customers are buying the odd case. Here is the sixth release of the Donnybrook from the Clare Valley.


Quality Winemaker Trials Mix

Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia Mixed Dozen

The wine maker Benjamin has begun a new round of red wine Trials a process I watch with great interest. The reasons for Trials are many but at the back of both of our minds is a quest to perfect the best ever, value for money reds. Perhaps inspired by the Penfolds Koonunga Hill and Jacobs Creek creations that were released in the late 1970 which changed customers views of budget wines from no-way to yes-please. I was excited by a number of the Trials and asked for them to be bottled so three are new. This is a fabulous mix of what we do and to make them more attractivbe have an opening weekend price of $69.90.

I call this mix ‘The Winemaker Red Trials of South Australia’ mixed dozen which contains three bottles of the following four wines:

Trial Bin 656 South Australia Adelaidean Cabernet Grenache 2013
Trial Bin 657 South Australia Merlot Cabernet NV
Trial Bin 667 Barossa Valley Dry Red Blend 2016
Trial Bin 576 South Australia Carbernedro 2013/2016

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

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Explore SA's Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 5

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.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


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