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Oakley Adams McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
Great Rival Of Barossa Valley
Oakley Adams McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
There is great rivalry between McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley over which region makes the best Shiraz. Both were settled about the same time-early 1840s-with Hardys building its great business in McLaren Vale while Penfolds, Orlando and Seppelts built in the Barossa Valley.

Until recently McLaren Vale had more small-artisan wine makers though now they are evenly balanced. This is the best way to view the wines as there is no better, just differences. To offer these differences we regularly travel to McLaren Vale and purchase wines from a few producers we favour. These are shipped to the Barossa Valley and remain in barrel until Benjamin believes they are right for blending and bottling.

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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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P.B. Burgoyne Clare Valley Merlot Cabernet 2017
Famous Blend of the 1970s
P.B. Burgoyne Clare Valley Merlot Cabernet 2017

Region: Clare Valley, SA
Some regions fade from our thoughts and the most shocking must be Coonawarra. Another that has slipped into the background is the Clare Valley. As a youthful shopkeeper in the late 1970s I vividly recall the excitement we all felt about the release of the Stanley-Leasingham Bin wines each vintage.

Wines like Bin 56 and Bin 49 were always covered with Trophies and medals and agreeably priced. Indeed the Stanley-Leasingham Bin reds and the Knappstein name as winemakers pushed the popularity of Clare reds to great heights in the 1970s and early 1980s. Heinz purchased the group and concentrated on volume and casks.

Then for complex reasons the brand, the energy of the great winemakers, they all just faded away. With this Burgoyne we offer another look at these wines as the vines have aged, the factors that made the region so great are still in place and the only change comes from a new generation of wine makers. Another change comes from new varieties as merlot did not appear until the late 1980s.

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Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2015
Doing What the Barossa Does Best Shiraz with Mataro
Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2015

The signature variety for the Barossa Valley is Shiraz and globally the signature variety for Australia has become Shiraz.

The generally warm climate of Australia has brought out the best of this variety and frankly as consumers we are blessed.

Shiraz blends well with other varieties and the triple blend Grenache Shiraz Mataro is popular, as are Shiraz Viognier, Shiraz Cabernet and from the Hunter, historically but less so now, Shiraz Pinot Noir.

The best of all of these is the assistance given by Mataro as even at 5% the Shiraz tastes better. At 50 % you have a different wine so Benjamin has settled in the middle and with 5 years age in barrels before bottling this Shiraz Mataro now sings.

Commence drinking now though the worth of this vintage is now proven so there is no need to hurry.

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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.

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Goat Square 'Ziegenmarkt' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
Fifth Release Depth and Richness
Goat Square 'Ziegenmarkt' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Finally the 2017 Ziegenmarkt is in bottle and ready to add to your collection.

The first Goat Square Shiraz was 2006 and the 2017 is the twelfth vintage though it was not till the 2013 vintage that the first Ziegenmarkt appeared.

While the grapes are handled the same way in the winery in any vintage local parts of most vineyards just produce grapes which have better flavours. Often this is replicated in the vineyard year after year but not all the time.

Then wines evolve differently in barrel, so you wait for a year or so before isolating the most promising barrels for further attention.

In this way the Ziegenmarkt is born.

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Oakley Adams Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
New Wave Red or Old Fashioned Claret
Oakley Adams Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Region: Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
This is the type of red much enjoyed by the English and was once labelled as Claret. The same term ‘claret’ was used in Australia into the 1980s though by then only on wine casks.

Recall the accompanying red wine cask was called a Burgundy. This reminds me that a Redman Coonawarra Cabernet was once awarded a Gold in the Claret class and the same wine won a Gold in the Burgundy class at the Royal Sydney wine show many years ago.

I would refer to this wine as being somewhat like a Margaret River Cabernet as it shows the flavours I associate with a maritime influence. All up a most welcome addition to the portfolio.

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Glug Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Buy the 2015 and 2016 Vintages
Glug Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

The two best vintages from the Barossa we have in stock are those of 2015 and 2016. Fortunately like many winemakers Benjamin also makes an art in squirreling away the best wines for special events.

The champions for this are those tending the large company stocks of rare, ageing, fortifieds, since management has no idea what is going on. Sharing a private lunch inevitably brings out a 50-year-old Amontillado or some other rare delight.

Max Schubert of course continued to make and then hide three vintages of Penfolds Grange Hermitage after being told to close down the experiment by the owner-managers, the Penfolds chiefs.

And so it was that this extra-ordinary Glug Reserve appeared as if by magic for the mid-October winery tasting. There are about ten cases left and as a grade sign it sits above all the other 2016s we have sold.

We have now watched the 2015 and 2016 vintage reds evolve over a number of years and they have a good life ahead.

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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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Light & Finniss South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Your Second L&F High Quality House Red
Light & Finniss South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Region: South Australia
New varieties and new regions add joy to drinking. However, joy also comes from sticking to what you know, such as the comfort of reliable regions and the most reliable of all are the warm climate regions of South Australia. I also see reliable drinking in sticking to varieties you are comfortable with and in this case Cabernet Sauvignon is a known taste.

The source of the Cabernet is multiple; meaning blends from many regions within South Australia. Make a red which balances a rich taste with for an agreeable price were the specs on the blending sheet. I preach preserving the difference though under $10 blends mostly make better wines.

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Light & Finniss South Australian Shiraz 2018
Spot On The Money Warm Climate Favourite
Light & Finniss South Australian Shiraz 2018

Region: South Australia
The first was the Light and Finniss Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2007 and since then we have released dozens of Light and Finniss wines, mostly reds though whites as well. Colonel William Light, was the colonies Surveyor General and a revered figure. Suitable indeed for wines made from anywhere across South Australia though concentrating on those from the Mount Lofty Ranges which he and Finniss mapped.

This then is the art of Benjamin and Mel at their best. Take a well flavoured base and judiciously alter it for the better without blowing apart the selling price. Anyone can add 50% of a huge Barossa wine but then the selling price sky-rockets to $12 which is not where we want Light and Finniss to be. Here we have a wonderful, ripe, soft South Australian warm climate red for regular consumption.

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Stonevale Red Barn Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2016
Red Value from Barossa Valley
Stonevale Red Barn Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2016

Not all the wines we make reach the standard for example of Karrawirra, Stockwell Creek or Goat Square.

When they are a tad off the pace, they are blended to lift the standard of the budget reds like Shearers Lament or released as regional wines at lower prices.

The quality difference though while discernible to experienced drinkers may not be recognised by others. As well they have a role at times when it makes no sense to raid the cellar.

An example of a Barossa red that will provide satisfaction yet does not cost a lot is this Stonevale Red Barn. The original Stonevale Red Barn range was a Shiraz Cabernet 2008 and there have been many since.

The great Bordeaux classifieds growths, like Chateau Latour, having a similar problem release what are called seconds, in this case called Les Forts De Latour, as their answer to this problem. Often tasters cannot distinguish the difference.

Smart consumers will recognise good buying in this Red Barn.

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The Jackman South Australia Dry Red Blend No.9 N.V.
The Little Fellow Who Fights On New Blend Now Available
The Jackman South Australia Dry Red Blend No.9 N.V.

Region: South Australia

This little 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 ninth 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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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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Explores 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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100% Barossa Guaranteed


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

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