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Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The Sea Side Cabernet Flavours Shine
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Region:McLaren Vale, South Australia

The high quality of Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale is readily accepted by experienced drinkers and I believe this is due not only to quality but also familiarity.

Many of the world's greatest Cabernets come from cooler districts that have ocean frontage, such as Margaret River and Bordeaux, France. They show a particular elegance that at times combines with minty flavours, a feature of cooler district Cabernet.

McLaren vale is warmer than these districts though you will not mistake the variety in this Hope Farm whereas a Barossa Cabernet is a step further from this accepted ideal.

Excellent wine and worthy of the use of the Hope Farm brand which is based around the districts historical, wine making pioneer, Pitches Manning. The first Hope Farm Cabernet was the 2013 vintage.

Price: $12.90

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Mount Eagle Eden Valley Shiraz 2019
Glug Are Huge Fans of Eden Valley Wines
Mount Eagle Eden Valley Shiraz 2019

Region:Eden Valley, South Australia

The great winemaker Max Schubert was very fond of wines from the EdenValley, since being higher in altitude than the Barossa Valley the fruit takes on a different complexion. He found a portion blended into his great Penfolds house styles lifted the complexity and particularly the fragrance.

We also agree and please recall that some of Australia’s great reds are those of Henschke which are 100% Eden Valley.

Please note every wine we release is approved and blended by Benjamin and then bottled by Glug. We though do not make all of the wines but buy in barrels and lots from a range of artisan makers and grower-makers which make wines in a manner we like.

At last we are being offered nice parcels from the Eden valley and I urge customers to shift their profile of drinking just a bit by adding Eden Valley wines to the range.

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Hope Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
First Release Was the 2010
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

Region:McLaren Vale, South Australia

McLaren Vale is a world class warm climate region, and it is appropriate to release the 2018 this month (August) since we are celebrating the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range.

When the 13 individual Adelaidean regions are seen as a group the Adelaidean range can claim to be one of the top half dozen global wine districts.

We like to compare McLaren Vale and Barossa Shiraz and this requires you to imagine a seaside location versus an elevated inland valley. Both are influenced by the same large scale vintage weather patterns yet the wine flavours will differ because of local geography. The flavours of McLaren Vale are modified by the coolness of the waters of St Vincent's Gulf and the cool breeze that wafts in off the ocean during the late afternoon. This does not make the flavours 'maritime', a term applied for example to Margaret River and Bordeaux, as McLaren Vale during Summer ripening has many of the warm and even hot weather events of the Barossa.

This Hope Farm then is mid-way between a cool climate maritime red and a juicy sweet Barossa red. We named the wine after the celebrated early pioneering vigneron Pitches Manning who founded Hope Farm in 1850. Our first Hope Farm Shiraz was the 2010 vintage.

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Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Merlot 2016
Fabulous Drink Full of Goodness
Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Merlot 2016

Observing the buying preferences of customers for decades teaches retailers that many red drinkers like full bodied, yet softer wines that display ripe flavours. This is also the preference of Glug which is why we located the business in the Barossa Valley in 2004.

Making enjoyable reds with full, ripe flavours likely makes the Barossa Valley the capital of the world for this style. Recall that many a Penfolds Grange is plus 90% Barossa Shiraz so we sit in great company.

I also like this style of red for another reason as it suits the many occasions where study of the wine is not warranted or inappropriate but each sip provides delight while discussing other matters.

This Bagot Station is what Glug set out to produce back in 2004. This 2016 is a great bargain.

Price: $10.00

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Glug GH04 Winemakers Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
A Benjamin Parker Individual Barrel Selection
Glug GH04 Winemakers Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018

Region:Barossa Valley, South Australia

Wines take on a life of their own and a splendid demonstration of this shows when you taste 40 barrels of wine that began maturation from the same fermenter. A skilled wine maker and a better than average taster will quickly see differences.

Several years back Benjamin began to bottle those with characters he believed should be preserved for the interest of customers. Thus was born the WIBS series of individual winemakers barrel selection.

Tiny bottlings are possible because we now bottle many wines at the winery plus we have the advantage of selling directly to customers. These WIBS wines will appeal to customers who like to dig a bit deeper into the enjoyment of wine.

For us it places on your table part of our daily interest that is only discovered by customers from a visit to the winery.

Price: $13.80

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Mount Eagle Eden Valley Riesling 2020
Smallest Vintage Since 2007
Mount Eagle Eden Valley Riesling 2020

Region:Eden Valley, South Australia

The geographic feature, Mount Eagle does exist being a ridge line to the east of the historic towns of Keyneton and Eden Valley (a village name as well as the region).

The Eden Valley is better described as a high land plateau which makes it cooler than the Barossa Valley so the whites have better acid structures than the Barossa Valley.

Over many decades is has been the Riesling which have been stand outs in National wine shows and these have brought fame. The region though is dry and crops irregular, and it is just as well Riesling appeals to specialists as stocks are never plentiful.

We have released a Mount Eagle Riesling from vintages 2012, 2013, 2019 and now 2020, the last of the drought years, and very low cropping.

Eden Valley Rieslings will take age though we do not believe this makes them more interesting and recommend this wine for regular pleasure.

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Glug 'Pegleg' Barossa Valley Mataro 2020
Fabulous Expression of this Heritage variety
Glug 'Pegleg' Barossa Valley Mataro 2020

Region:Barossa Valley, South Australia

Our long apprenticeship with Mataro is over.

When we settled in the Barossa we built an office in the Rolf Binder winery. Directly behind this winery is the best plot of old bush vine Mataro in the Barossa Valley. These vines date from 1880 to 1882 and are used in the Rolf Binder Bulls Blood which began back in 1955.

So it was that we learnt from Rolf the mysteries of Mataro and the winemaking that brings out the best of this heritage variety. Working with Grenache and Mataro were projects we commenced at this time and combinations of both are vital in our winemaking.

In my retail days of the 1980s wines specifically made from these varieties were seldom made as the customer need was zero. This meant the grapes were picked and became part a red wine called Barossa Valley. I may add it was also not easy to find wines which were labelled Barossa Valley as the wines were used in large companies ‘big name brands’ which were blends from many districts. Thankfully we are now in a more enlightened time.

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Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2018
Durif Adds Magic
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2018

Region:Barossa Valley, South Australia
The art of blending is to make additions to an attractive base wine to enhance particular features, like the aroma or the body weight, so that the final wine is more complex.

At Glug we are now convinced that Durif has a role in many of the styles we wish to make. Durif is a nice fit with Shiraz as being a cross of Shiraz with Peloursin it does not push the shape of Shiraz in an odd direction, and we find it adds palate length and strength to many wines.

Durif is a quite recent discovery dating back to 1868 in France and remarkably found its way to the Rutherglen region in 1908 being thought suitable for the region by the viticulturalist Francois de Castella.

Benjamin has been experimenting with Durif since 2005 and we believe it has an important future in the Barossa Valley.

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Village Belle McLaren Vale Tinta Negra Mole 2019
Complex Variety from Madeira
Village Belle McLaren Vale Tinta Negra Mole 2019

Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

Negra mole means 'black soft' which is a useful starting place to understand this variety from the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The fortified wines of Madeira like those of the Douro and its famous port have less demand than 20 years ago and grapes are now used to make excellent reds. A range of the varieties originating in both these classical regions were initially bought to Australia to study what role they might play in the making of ports and fortifieds. Others have arrived more recently as part of the desire to present a range of new varieties to local consumers.

What ever the original thought they do make excellent reds and Glug actively seeks them for the Village Belle range which features unusual and rare varieties. Considerable success with positive consumer acceptance is reported by the long-established Port Houses of Portugal which now use varieties like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinto Cao to make dry red table wines.

The first Village Belle release was in 2014 was a Negro Amaro 2012 from Southern Italy and this tradition continues with the first Negra Mole.

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The Jackman South Australia Dry Red Blend No.10 N.V.
The Jackman Fights On With A New Blend Now Available
The Jackman South Australia Dry Red Blend No.10 N.V.

Region: South Australia

This fellow has moved up a division in the fighting stakes and while not a Barossan is beginning to push his weight around.

This is the tenth bottling, all are slightly different as Benjamin works his way to perfection. The base is a superb batch of Cabernet with many additions, both from other varieties and regions.

In the winery we learn a lot from blending trials and this means each Jackman varies as one variety is promoted to be the senior partner with the Cabernet.

I call wines like these kitchen wines, you have a few glasses and at the same time add a slug to the brown sauce being made. Rocketing to fame as a best seller.

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Mount Eagle Eden Valley Chardonnay 2020
Reappraisal Needed for Eden Valley Whites
Mount Eagle Eden Valley Chardonnay 2020

Region:Eden Valley, South Australia

By the 1970s South Australian winemakers were testing cooler regions for a more sensitive expression of white wines. This led to the development of vineyards in the high-altitude districts of the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley.

The opinion steadily developed that the Adelaide Hills offered greater potential than the Eden Valley being generally higher in altitude and importantly had greater water resources. Eden Valley whites, particularly those made by Tollana, were excellent and even though they performed well in wine shows they did not win customer acceptance.

The best of the boutiques was Mount Adam and despite much favourable publicity also never enjoyed the public acceptance needed to maintain the high cost of production. It is of great regret that this winery has slipped off the radar.

There is now a new maturity with customers and a region that needs reappraisal is the Eden Valley. To say Chardonnay is at its best only from an ultra-cool climate is to miss out on the endless variety wine offers so we thought the time was right to expand our winemaking into the Eden Valley.

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Salem Valley Barossa Dry White Blend 2021
Fabulous Complex Fresh Barossa
Salem Valley Barossa Dry White Blend 2021

Region:Barossa, South Australia

Looking back over the ‘one-off’ bottlings we have released since 2005, many hundreds by now, I note how many of the best, yet oddest, ended up under the Salem Valley brand.

Salem Valley does exist and is now the location of a desirable, row of wonderful homes, most restored, not far from the old town of Angaston. No connection to the wines but I often drive up this small valley as it is so attractive and is completely unknown to tourists.

Salem Valley wines I recall, several being gold medal standard masterpieces, include Eden Valley Viognier, Barossa Valley Viognier, Barossa Semillon, Barossa Sauvignon Blanc and more recently a sequence of superb Barossa Semillon Chardonnays. So Salem Valley is used to bottle parcels of wine that often are not made by us and thus will not be repeated.

This wine is a blend of Eden Valley and Barossa Valley varieties which are built around a core of Chardonnay.

Price: $9.80

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Glug 'The Laplander' McLaren Vale Touriga 2019
Powerful Deeply Concentrated
Glug 'The Laplander' McLaren Vale Touriga 2019

Region:McLaren Vale, South Australia

Structure, body and high tannin from tight, small bunches are the reasons Touriga is seen as the best of the varieties in Portugal for vintage port. For this reason Touriga and several other Portuguese port varieties were planted in Australia to improve the quality of our fortifieds.

Port consumption is declining Globally so in both counties winemakers are creating a new role for these port varieties as rich, table wines. Several decades have now passed since winemakers along the Douro Valley, Portugal began making reds from Touriga and it is now the most widely consumed red in Portugal. The best are selling for over $50 in many countries.

While this is the first Glug has prepared and bottled we believe customers will be astounded by the concentration of flavours.

A beautiful wine and this variety can be approached with confidence when grown in the warm regions of south Australia.

Price: $14.80

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Farmers and Growers 'Wheatsheaf' South Australia Dry Red NV
Exciting Second Release
Farmers and Growers 'Wheatsheaf' South Australia Dry Red NV

Region: Barossa Valley
The first Wheatsheaf was a Shiraz Cabernet 2008 and the brand comes and goes as we find suitable wine. If you still have past vintages you will be pleasantly surprised.

Currently the winemakers enjoy taking an old vintage and refreshing it with say a 2017. This makes the wine a non-vintage but brings together maturity and youth, ideal for a tasty budget red.

This is a complex blend as it contains wines from many regions, all in South Australia, with a slant towards Cabernet. As expressed younger vintages lift the fruit of older vintages in ways which benefit both. Good wine for general purpose drinking.

Price: $6.99

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Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Classical Full Ripe Flavours
Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Region:Barossa Valley, South Australia

A wine should deliver on its promise which in this case is the origin, the Barossa valley.

That word on the label says to consumers expect full, rich, ripe flavours with plenty of impact across the palate. Indeed this aspect over-rides the other name on the label, Cabernet Sauvignon. With Barossa wines it is region first and the variety second.

You will discover the variety though the leafy, greenish tannic features associated with Cabernet from cooler regions are barely detectable notes in the background.

Cabernet has a long history in the Barossa Valley though it is only in the last 10 years that a strong consumer following has developed. Glug are strong supporters and we are pleased with the flavour impact delivered for a fair price.

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Auld & Burton Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017
Full Ripeness of South Australia Warm Climate
Auld & Burton Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Region:Langhorne Creek, South Australia

This is the sort of red we want the Glug name associated with as it has many of the features of the best Barossa Valley reds yet offers better value.

Three Jimmy Watson winners in succession, in the mid-1970s, made by Wolf Blass from 100% Langhorne Creek fruit, signalled this region was greatly undervalued. This inspired big companies, such as Orlando, which were in expansion mode to plant new vineyards, and the back-bone of many agreeable, lower priced, reds since then has included wine from Langhorne Creek.

Recognition though as a producer of premium reds required the efforts of many smaller grower-makers. It took time though Langhorne Creek is now seen by customers as a producer of premium reds the equal of any made along the 300 kilometre Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range.

Glug has been attracted to this region from our beginning in 2004 with the first Auld and Burton from Langhorne Creek being a Shiraz 2009.

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Farmers & Growers 'The Ploughman' South Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2018
Small Batch - Hand Bottled
Farmers & Growers 'The Ploughman' South Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2018

The Farmers and Growers range includes this Ploughman, the Smithy and Wheatsheaf and are built upon the many years of retailing which proved that all customers have a need for small batch bottlings of varietal wines that sit comfortably under $10.

Recall Glug does not make large volumes of wine, most being well under 100 cases.

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Landaus Vintners 'Blockies' South Australia Shiraz Mataro 2018
Good Enough for Blockies Good Enough for Us
Landaus Vintners 'Blockies' South Australia Shiraz Mataro 2018

Region: South Australia
A sensational new wine from Parker and his team and a personal favourite. As I adore Mataro because it’s the rich beef broth that makes the sauce. The first Blockies blend was made in 1996 though while I was around it was left to winemakers as I lived in Sydney. Now I can get my hands closer to how it's made the quality is far better.

The first we made when we moved to the Barossa was not until the 2009 which was a creation of Benjamin and Phil Lehmann. The shiraz came from a selection of South Australian barrels and the mataro from our resources of the best Barossa.

Good mataro is the back drop of many a good blend and it strengthens the final taste. This is a quality all purpose red with lots of meat on the bone. The final wine was blended and bottled in the Barossa Valley.

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Explore SA's Richest Reds


Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix

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.

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