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Glug David Farmer Weekly Tasting Pack No. 2 Mix

I have chosen the following four wines to show another aspect of Glug winemaking.
Glug seldom if ever discounts wines though for this pack I ask for $75.00 and you will receive wines which we sell, day by day, for $89.88.
New customers wishing to try what we make at Glug will find this is the place to start. The price is good for two days. .

Contains 3 bottles of the following 4 wines:-

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Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Full Rich and 14.8%
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The Bengalee left Hamburg with German settlers on 10th July 1838 and arrived in Adelaide on the 19th November, 1838. It is likely a few of these arrivals later found their way to the Barossa Valley becoming part of the fabulous Barossa wine story. We picked up that story in 2008 when we released our first Bengalee Shiraz.

The Barossa weather controls what we do as being a warm growing region the wines of the style we wish to make are full bodied and ripe. Each vintage is different though cool vintages which profoundly alter what you can expect are not common. With four years barrel age we can now say with certainty that the 2016 vintage is very good with a grade of say 8/10. Begin consuming now though will be fine for many years.

Price: $15.99

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Glug GH31 Winemakers Individual Barrel Selection Eden Valley Shiraz 2018
Sublime Beauty from Eden Valley
Glug GH31 Winemakers Individual Barrel Selection Eden Valley Shiraz 2018

Region:Eden Valley, South Australia

Henschke, Sons of Eden, Poonawatta and several others prove beyond doubt that reds from Eden Valley reach heights as great as any made in Australia.

Eden Valley is to the east and south of the Barossa Valley and is higher and drier. Add in ripening warmth of the grapes and exciting wines result. GH31 is exceptional and will match any others on your table.

Of the influences that can affect the taste when compared to the Barossa Valley it will be the additional height of 150 to 300 metres above the Barossa Valley which will have the most influence on taste. Fragrance and aroma will replace some of the fruit density though GH31 is a not medium or light bodied such as you would describe a Yarra Valley wine. Neither does it have the cooler, flavour tones, of Shiraz from Margaret River so expect quite a mouthful.

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BARBAROSSA
Trapping the Troll of Kaiser Stuhl
BARBAROSSA

Region:Barossa Valley

The 2021 release of Barbarossa is dense, it's black, it's 14.9% alcohol and I can give you no other information, except it is Barossa Valley, exactly 99.2184%.

This wine is about all of the many things that upset todays wine commentators being high in alcohol and bold in flavours. This wine is about the triumph of a wise outcast from the town of Tanunda who found redemption by battling demons and to capture this means Barbarossa will appeal to some and not to others.

The first was released in September, 2016 and there have been several others. Benjamin found just enough of the wine he wanted to make 68 cases.

I wrote a tasting note based on the folk tale of Barbarossa which may help:

'Rumours spread that large black ravens had been seen circling over nearby hills. The sun failed to come out all day. There was an eerie darkness and the moon was the colour of blood. The roosters didn't crow signalling dawn, and the cows weren't sure when to be milked. Fierce winds, hail and lightning suddenly consumed the entire Barossa Valley, whilst an evil glow and strange sounds emanated from Kaiserstuhl Mountain. Everyone knew this was it!'

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Glug 'Sail Away' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
100% Glug Style Rich and Deep
Glug 'Sail Away' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Region: Barossa Valley

According to Benjamin this Shiraz is a smidgen off the Glug Reserve grade. Oh how we look back on those wonderful 2015 and 2016 vintages.

The 2017 was large but not of the quality of the previous two while going forward 2018 is fine but what to make of 2019 I do not know, and we only made a thimble-full of 2020.
So I like the quality value ratio of this Sail Away, indeed we will not have its like again until many years have passed.
Even if 2021 is good, and the next two as well; to offer them with five years maturity…well I will let you do the sums.

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Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
9th Vintage Release of Grandma
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Barossa Valley Cabernet deserves a far higher rating than it currently receives.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s Barossa Cabernets were rated as some of the country’s best wines though these days fine Cabernets are more often associated with cooler climate regions. Cabernet ripens well across a wide spectrum and think of the Lakes Folly Cabernets of the Hunter Valley.

What to favour and what to drink are influenced by fashion so take advantage and swing back to warm climate Cabernet while they are under-priced.

The first Grandma Cabernet was the 2009 and the 2016 is the fourth. The source varies across many vineyards in the Barossa Valley rather than being a single vineyard wine or one associated with a small region.

The 2016 year has left us with a great vintage as is now apparent as they mature.

Price: $19.50

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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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Farmers & Growers 'The Smithy' South Australia Shiraz Durif 2018
Result from Decade with Durif
Farmers & Growers 'The Smithy' South Australia Shiraz Durif 2018

Region: South Australia
Glug is a boutique winemaker yet unusually has the strong belief that making good, day to day wines is as important as striving to making the best wines we can from the best fruit. We were around when the large makers used their enormous in-house expertise to make impressive budget wines like the Jacobs Creek Shiraz Malbec Cabernet of 1973 and the Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet of 1976.

Benjamin has been fascinated with Durif for many decades and many of the first Glug wines had a tiny component of Durif as he could learn about the character of this remarkable variety. This in turn led to the first Brutus Shiraz Durif from the 2009 vintage which was about 50%-50%. From this experience he then made the first Smithy also from 2009. Recently the Brutus 2017 was released and as this style has evolved so has the Smithy though like many Glug wines the Smithy does not appear every vintage.

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Restless Farm 'The Pig' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
Down On The Farm A Pig Grunts Away
Restless Farm 'The Pig' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Benjamin took over the winemaking of the interesting wines called Restless Farm from the McLaren Vale creator about five years ago. Naturally he introduced a Pig, this being the symbol of all that is good about the Barossa Valley, to join the odd menagerie of animals down on the farm.

Afterall he had experience; how could we forget those experiments in raising pigs, the first was Bacon and latter Snap, Crackle and Pop to show his kids what it meant to grow up in the country. They were experts at escaping the pig pens likely realising the future was to a be a range of pork small goods for which the Barossa is rightly famous.

Famous as well is Shiraz and the Restless Pig Shiraz continues the winemakers style of making bright, vibrant, un-tampered wines which sing of the grape and the district from which they come.

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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.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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100% Barossa Guaranteed


Glug 'Its all Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed' Mix

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Winemakers Create Great Bargain


Glug Winemakers SA Best Value Mix

Over the last few months the winemaking team of Benjamin, Greg and Brad have made many incredible value for money wines which are a Glug specialty. These have been collected into this South Australia Best Value Mix which at the price offers incredible value.

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A Taste of Glug Whites


Glug South Australian 2021 White/Rosé Mixed Dozen

I often refer to the unique qualities of the wines made along the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty Range. There can be no dispute about the reds yet the whites, including Eden Valley and Clare Valley Rieslings do not get the praise they deserve.

A note on labels. The whites and rose are small volume bottlings. They are labelled in house from recently developed label stock that does not crinkle when chilled and then fall off the bottle. Short runs of labels printed conventionally are expensive and can add several dollars per bottle. Glug prefers to sell wine as low as possible which is why we use house printed Glug labels on some bottlings. Thanks. David.

Contains 3 bottles of each of the following four wines:-






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