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One High One Low

And Back to Front

Your Friday Big Red Specials

I offer two interesting good, big, ripe reds, one LOW one HIGH with different stories.

1) The LOW price is the Restless Farm Goat which was last specialled on October 14th 2017 for $99 a case. If General Electric can stuff up selling gas turbines and write off $US10 billion so it is that we make mistakes. This Goat is the remaining stock without front labels. It does have all you need on the back label. For this label ordering mistake we must pay so for today the price is $85 a case.

2) The HIGH price is the P B Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz which is dropped for today to $99. The LOW and HIGH are of equal quality but the Barossa costs a lot more for the grapes. I hope you read my introduction which tells you what I know about the pricing of wine.

Restless Farm
'The Goat'
Padthaway Shiraz 2014

The first Restless Farm wine was The Goat 2008 and they have all been sourced from Padthaway. This the sixth was released on December 4th 2016. We are attracted to this region because Shiraz often shows the mid palate density that we adore.

The type region is of course the Barossa Valley but we noticed years ago that other regions do get close and the grapes are far cheaper, at times one third the price of the Barossa. As we are wine merchants we go where the value can be found.

Padthaway is well north of Coonawarra and thus warmer and I enjoy the Shiraz flavours which are fuller and riper than those nearer the coast. The full bodied characters of Padthaway wines made them popular from the first releases in the late 1970s though today wines labelled as Padthaway are uncommon.

Rather like Langhorne Creek the wines of Padthaway end up in the multi-regional blends of our large wine groups. Limit one case per order. Please note: This wine has no front label hence the price.

logo The price $7.05 a bottle or $85 a case
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P.B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz (second bottling) 2015

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.

logoThe price $8.25 a bottle or $99 a case
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Be wary about linking price with quality as any connection is vague at best.

The essence of Glug is to offer our discoveries of high quality wines at the lowest price we can.

Now many in the wine business have learnt to measure wine quality from tastings but the other half of the equation which asks, what should be the extra charge for increasing quality is not learnt but guessed. Indeed much of the reasoning behind the price you pay comes from charging what the market will bear.

The reason I regularly come back to price versus quality is because the link is so vague that I feel a need to re-assure customers they are at the right shop.

Let’s look at two extremes.

1. The quality of cask wines is good for the price. Using Berri casks as the example 750ml costs $2.14. A similar, perhaps marginally better wine, in a bottle will cost $3.99 at a fair price.
2. Wealthy people, perhaps a few consider themselves connoisseurs, are big believers in quality and are prepared to pay handsomely. Thus they buy bottles of say Burgundy or Bordeaux from $100 to $1000. They do not know much about wine because they start with the assumption that someone else, sort of ‘as history shows’, has done an accurate grading. Thus they can leap-frog all of us peasants and start with the best. Oh boy this is dangerous.

What I ask Glug customers to reflect upon is that the difference between (1) and (2) does exist but when you leave (1) and begin the walk towards (2) you will find only foggy days while walking gingerly over thin ice.

When you have that drilled into you, you can proceed and of course every now and then flirt with expensive wines to see what you think, as now you are doing so with a firm base.

That is why I have called today’s specials, One High and One Low.

30 Day Pricing Guarantee:
After buying wine it is most annoying to find it cheaper shortly afterwards. Currently Ben and I find selling on-line most turbulent. To hold our ground I confess to moving prices around far more than usual. Please notify Nicole or Claire of any upsetting price moves and they will then issue a credit.

Next wine tasting date: Glug's next Sales and Wine Tasting Event will be held in February on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

What's new to say about Barossa Shiraz? Fortunately quite a lot as Barossa Shiraz is both the beauty and the beast and while you have been happily enjoying the virtues of Barossa reds you may be surprised to find many think this way; ‘Fifteen years ago, if anyone asked me to define Australian wine.. Barossa Shiraz would have been the answer.

But the style of Barossa shiraz that rallied back then — jammy, huge, marked by the pungent herbal notes of American oak—is also what brought on a sort of global fatigue with Australia ..and.. just what [should] the Barossa offer the world. Quite clearly, what it does well now—grow a lot of very ripe and uninteresting shiraz and cabernet, much of it going to Australia’s wine conglomerates — is neither sustainable nor particularly relevant as tastes evolve.

So there you have it, though I serenely sail on and with bold confidence recommend Parkers new Bengalee. As the great Len Evans would have said to the writer, ‘I’m glad you do not like the wine as it means more for me.

logo The price is $11.99 per bottle

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Adelaide Hills
Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This Stratus is the third release from the same source in the Adelaide Hills, a high altitude vineyard above the town of Woodside. To bring out the best of Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool climate and to get this coolness in Australia requires elevation or a southern cool region like Tasmania.

Around 1978 New Zealand released the cool tasting Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying, river terraces of Marlborough, located at the northern end of the South Island. At this time little was grown in Australia but gradually the plantings expanded. The wines from low lying land, even when close to the cooling ocean are not as complex as those from the higher altitude vineyards.

At this stage some of the best come from the Adelaide Hills and in this large region I think the 'best of the best' come from the region near Woodside called the Basket Range. Differences in climates and winemaking methods from each region means those from Adelaide Hills have similarities and differences to those from New Zealand.

With the Stratus you will discover a steelier, tight complexity when compared to these fruitier wines.

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Chapman’s Crossing South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
I’m over the moon with this lastest 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-a red not white of course.

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Big Red Mix No.15 100% from South Australia

We move on to the No.15 with plenty of highlights though I still favour the Village Belle Mourvedre which is still with us though in second place comes the Langdorf Barossa Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rish, full flavoured Kitts Creek Cabernet. The joy of buying a mixed dozen is keeping up with what we do and concentrating on what is in each bottle plus the price is attractive.

Glug BIG RED Mix No.15
Contains one bottle each of the following wines:

Langdorf Barossa Valley Grenache 2013
Oakley Adams Padthaway Shiraz 2014
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red Blend 2012
Borderland Estates 'Bush Telegraph' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mourvedre 2014
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra 5th Bottling Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
P.B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Shearers Lament 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Telegraph Road South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013

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