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Half the job of a wine-writer is to tell you where the bargains are. Otherwise what is the point of the column.

Eleventh Vintage of Salt of the Earth
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The Goat is a pure expression of Barossa Shiraz with a light dose of mature oak as it does not see new oak. Benjamin does not want the rich, ripeness and complex flavours developed from the fruit being clouded or masked with new oak. The wine does though have a lot of extract so stands easily on its own. The first vintage was the 2008 and with the Karrawirra is a staple of Glug.

Goat Square is an historic masterpiece as it was the old centre of Tanunda, Barossa Valley, and survives with three original cottages on the corners of the square with the oldest, the Rieschieck house built in 1850. This style of wine is what we wanted to do when coming to the Barossa which is let each vintage express itself and to do this we use simple wine making methods.

These can be summed up as pick, ferment in small open fermenters, settle and age for two years in old, oak puncheons. Benjamin does not over-use pump-overs which can extract unwanted hard flavours, there is no pre or post soaking and no new oak. Most vintages in the Barossa deliver all the flavour needed as in this 2016.


Full Flavours Returns with Second Bottling
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz (Second Bottling) 2015

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I have to go back to 2012 to find the last time we sold a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality at this price. Indeed this Burgoyne is all we like and look for in a wine.
The origin is the most sought after region in Australia - the Barossa Valley, the grapes were grown by well-known farmers, the wine maker Benjamin Parker prepared the wine for bottling which is a critical job and we supervised the bottling locally.
The wine was not made by us but on the bench against comparable samples this wine stood out as a grade above the others the and as you do we pulled the sample forward. The transaction was done and here it is released under the wine-merchant label of P B Burgoyne.
Burgoyne commenced business in 1871 as a UK importer of Australian wines and strode like a colossus across our landscape.
We hope he is pleased with our efforts and I am certain customers will be. At this introductory price this should become the bread and butter red yet with the knowledge you are drinking a very high grade. This is what we are good at and is very close to our ideal of vineyard, grower, maker.


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.


Source of Impeccable Breeding
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Semillon 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
I rate Barossa Semillon highly as many wines achieve the gold medal level. Today in a sea of alternative whites such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and cool climate whites from W.A. and the Adelaide Hills this variety now suffers from lack of attention.

Semillon is a curious variety as it also ripens in cool climates where it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from a warmer region the volume of taste increases and since I like wines with flavour, well-made examples such as the Burgoyne appeal.

I like the wine for another reason as it explains well my thought that drinkers should concentrate on what is in the glass and not jump to conclusions about what they think the taste might be.

Follow that thought and you will drink better and save a lot. I have many memories of delicious examples from the Barossa and when this lot was offered from a source with impeccable breeding for making Semillon, Benjamin had no hesitation in saying, yes please.


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.


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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