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Taster's Top Ten
March 2019 Tasters Pick for $99

Public Tasting 1st-3rd March
Amateur versus professional tasters what differences can you expect? Read my introduction.

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.


Another Benjamin Parker Triumph
Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Merlot 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
The great believer in Barossa Merlot is Gibson wines. I have had many great wines made by the man. With this Bagot, Cabernet forms the back drop but the Merlot may have the greatest influence. Now for a bit of heresy.

I do not believe certain varieties are best in certain narrow climatic zones and Merlot in a warm climate can be very great indeed. Gibson wines sell out at $60 a bottle and I take note of that. This is a Benjamin special being rich and warm but with the spin of difference. Bagot represents what Glug wished to be back in 2004, making wines which taste good, but are complex and interesting, I stand back as we have delivered.


The Tasters have spoken!

March Tasting 2019 Wine Tasters Choice Mix $99.00

What Glug customers purchased over the three-day, March tasting directs us to the value for money wines. With this March Tasting 2019 Wine Tasters Choice March the tradition continues by offering the top 12 popular picks based on purchases.

The Mix contains the following 12 wines:
Philip Schaffer 'The Vineyard' Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
The Jackman Trial Bin South Australia Dry Red Blend No 4 NV
Kincraig Limestone Coast Shiraz 2015
Fareham Estate Clare Valley Riesling 2018
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Perfect Press McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Cleanskin 'Port Lincoln' South Australia Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Rose 2016
Village Belle Barossa Valley Rousanne 2018
Oakley Adams Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2016

Best of the Best Becomes Reserve
Stockwell Creek Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache 2013

Region: Barossa Valley
At Glug we barrel age small amounts of precious Barossa Shiraz which we make and buy from local artisans. This Stockwell Creek is part of a few barrels we purchased from a grower-maker.

After prolonged ageing in barrel it passed the quality test and was up-graded to Stockwell Creek Reserve. We are supporters of the heritage red varieties of the Barossa Valley and hold good stocks of Grenache and Mataro. The winemaker Benjamin Parker after conducting bench tastings found that a small percentage of dense Grenache lifted the final wine.

The Barossa Valley is a uniquely Australian region and the characters which create the deep flavours are not duplicated elsewhere on the globe. When drinking a wine such as this it is worth remembering that many Penfolds Granges are close to 100% Barossa so approach the richness as you would a Grange, with reverence.


Heritage Varieties Give Drinking Satisfaction
Bengalee Barossa Valley Grenache 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
We likely will never know what varieties were planted back in the pioneering days of the 1840s though likely a wide mix of varieties of which one should have been Grenache as it thrives in warm regions. Those first reds would have been field blends of many varieties and the division of vineyards into varietal types likely did not happen till later, possibly the 1880s.

By then large plantings of Grenache were underway at Seppeltsfield as the future had moved from table wines to fortified wines. Grenache ripens slowly to a high sugar level so for a future making sherries and ports it was a favourite variety. Indeed the first Seppelts Vintage Para Port was laid down in 1878.

We had to wait until the 1980s for a revival of table wines made from the heritage varieties of Mataro and Grenache and this now means many Barossa wineries offer examples. At Glug we offer a wide range of 100% Barossa Grenache reds and the Bengalee is our finest example.


Complex Deep Flavours
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Semillon 2017

Region: Barossa Valley
Glug is a supporter of Semillon from the Barossa Valley as we find an appeal in whites ripened in a warm climate. Semillon is a complex variety and changes its character with the climate of the vineyard. This means wonderful examples come from the Lower and Upper Hunter a climate which can verge on sub-tropical and yet makes a steely, crisp, tasting wine in cool climates.

Over in Margaret River it blends well with Sauvignon Blanc as it does in Bordeaux. Thus in a warm climate like the Barossa it handles the heat well showing the versatility of this wonderful variety. Fashion has dealt Barossa Semillon a cruel blow as consumers have moved to cool climate whites and each year old vine Semillon is being grubbed out in the Barossa. When the wheel turns as it will I wonder how much will be left.

The Kitts Creek is one of a number of Semillons we have bottled over the last year as we are determined to keep the flag flying.


Beautiful Cabernet from the Vale
P. B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
The two great South Australian regions for Cabernet are McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley and the debate will go for all time as to which makes the best.

The difference in taste is mostly climatic. McLaren Vale is influenced by its coastal setting and cool evening breezes that blow in off the Gulf during the late afternoon and into the evening while the Barossa Valley being much further inland has none of this influence and is also nestled down in a partly protected valley.

With that said in masked tastings it is devilishly difficult to say which is which. It seemed appropriate to brand this discovery as P.B. Burgoyne, long time U.K importers of McLaren Vale wine who took the first commercial shipment to the U.K. in 1871. This was from the McLaren Vale winery Tintara, owned by the famous wine pioneer, A.C.Kelly.


Magnificent and Full Bodied
P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
The brand P.B. Burgoyne we use for wines we purchase from premium regions across South Australia. They are named after the real wine merchant Peter Bond Burgoyne who strode like a colossus across the Australian wine landscape around 1900. The wines are better today and the selection far wider but his style of wine discovery resides with us.

The beauty of wines from Langhorne Creek has not yet been recognised by many consumers though it is growing as they have moved from being unsaleable in say 1995 to now being sought by smart buyers. Wolf Blass saw the potential but this did not spread far which tells us that it is not the taste that captures consumers but other indicators. I can only describe what I found when drinking a glass that this has cthe qualities of the Barossa Valley and is cheaper.


Glug GH Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Mixed Dozen

This is the most unusual mixed dozen we have ever offered and likely the most rewarding. More similar than dis-similar until you try the wines. Then to find they explode in different directions will reveal a stage about wine you were not aware of. Great collection and hopefully for customers this will open a new way of thinking about wine. Each mix contains two bottles of the following six wines:

Glug GH11 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Glug GH12 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Glug GH20 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Glug GH98 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Glug GH86 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Glug GH126 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-


Glug Winemakers SA Best Value Mix

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

Explore SA's Rich Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 6

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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