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Trial Bin 815 South Australia Shiraz Cabernet Grenache NV
This Is THE South Australian Blend
Trial Bin 815 South Australia Shiraz Cabernet Grenache NV

Region: South Australia
All wineries experiment with Trials though very few are bottled. Expanding the range of wines to sell is considered a poor business decision as while it is easy to do the hard part is gaining the interest of retailers. Retailers now resist expanding what they have to sell as shelf space is scarce.

This is a great pity as this makes it much harder for innovative new products to appear. Thankfully these problems do not exist at Glug and many of the ideas developed by Benjamin make it to bottle. The experience gained builds and finally a new label will appear to promote the new style. Currently the emphasis is on day to day good value reds. This Trial Bin is one such example.

Price: $6.75

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P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017
Strength Ripe And Rich
P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Region: Langhorne Creek, South Australia
The great English wine merchant Peter Bond Burgoyne did not buy wine from Langhorne Creek but he surely will be pleased we do because it is where we find top quality and keen prices. This wine is part of a collection of wines Benjamin purchased in mid 2018 which he bottles when he is happy they are ready.

The first plantings at Langhorne Creek were in the early 1860s though the region had little reputation for fine wine till Wolf Blass drew attention to the region in the mid 1970s. Even so customers showed little interest in the wines of other wineries until more recent years. Thus the vast expansion of vineyards in the 1908s and 1990s was to supply high quality reds to the large blends of the major companies. Wines like Wolf Blass Yellow label, Penfolds Koonunga Hill, and Orlando Jacobs Creek.

Price: $9.00

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Landaus Vintners 'Chapman's Crossing' South Australia Cabernet Merlot NV
Refining The Kitchen Red
Landaus Vintners 'Chapman's Crossing' South Australia Cabernet Merlot NV

Region: South Australia
To make tasty, bargain reds is the ultimate challenge; a challenge I add that all but one small winery avoid. For this Chapmans, blending vintages was necessary to lift the taste closer to what we seek, hence the NV for non-vintage. The model we use when making our ‘daily reds’ is the greatest wine bargain ever, which was the Penfolds Koonunga Hill 1976. To make something similar we ask what would that cost?

Firstly, we must discover a range of base wines, these being familiar varieties with offer above average flavour and have alcoholic weight meaning the grapes were good and ripe at harvest time. Then blending trials begin which are judicious additions of far more expensive wines. The first release of Chapmans was the 2009 and this 2020 release continues development of an interesting style. We are on the case but the Chapmans is not, yet as good as that fabled first Koonunga. Perhaps nothing ever will be until you make a blend for say $30.

Price: $5.99

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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.

Price: $10.00

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P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Currency Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Delicious Blend Of Adjoining Regions
P.B. Burgoyne Langhorne Creek Currency Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Region: Currency Creek, South Australia
Currency Creek and Langhorne Creek are on the eastern side of the range to McLaren Vale. The weather is a bit calmer and warmer not having the ocean frontage though they both front the Murray’s lower lakes. Currency Creek is a bit cooler than Langhorne Creek so perfect for a regional blend. The Burgoyne brand was revived in the mid-1990s and is based on the long history of Peter Bond Burgoyne who imported wines from South Australia from the mid-1860s.

There is an enormous archival record about his interests in Australia and the way he marketed the wines in the U.K. An advertisement from the Postal Union Congress London, 1929, has this gem; ‘Burgoyne's Tintara-ferruginous. Australian natural tonic wine for anaemia and in convalescence.’ The first wine made by Glug was a McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006 followed by a Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2008. This blend fits well within the range of previous Burgoyne regional reds.

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