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6 Weekend Bargains

Six Big Weekend
Bargains



The best six wines I have seen in a line-up for years are the GH Individual bottlings Barossa Valley reds. Yours this Weekend with five other selections.



Weekend No.1: Another Benjamin Parker Triumph
Bagot Station Barossa Valley Cabernet Merlot 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
The great believer in Barossa Merlot is Gibson wines. I have had many great wines made by the man. With this Bagot, Cabernet forms the back drop but the Merlot may have the greatest influence. Now for a bit of heresy.

I do not believe certain varieties are best in certain narrow climatic zones and Merlot in a warm climate can be very great indeed. Gibson wines sell out at $60 a bottle and I take note of that. This is a Benjamin special being rich and warm but with the spin of difference. Bagot represents what Glug wished to be back in 2004, making wines which taste good, but are complex and interesting, I stand back as we have delivered.

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Weekend No.2: Amazing Red Lunch To Late
Glug 'The Italian Job II' Barossa Valley Montepulciano 2017


Region: Barossa Valley, SA

I have moved my view of this wine from ‘how interesting’ when first tried into the better category of ‘very good indeed’. Benjamin has been playing around with a batch of unusual Barossa varities in his endless quest to make interesting to great wines. The story I have been told is that Greg Liebelt went to a local winery to pick up some recent purchases which were in barrel.

He says that inadvertently he also hoisted two barrels of this fine Montepulciano onto the truck. Later noting the error they rang the winemaker who said for all the trouble he would sell one barrel, and thus this wine became known as the Italian job. It was duly bottled for the February tasting and not being around I had no idea of its existence till much later.

The variety is one of the dozen or so new plantings that are being adapted to the Barossa. I like the wine and while new things are hard to introduce I hope it has a future. Full flavoured but in that Italian way, so it does it for me for that late lunch.

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Weekend No.3: Special Bargain Sleeper on our Long List
Kincraig Limestone Coast Shiraz 2015

Region:Limestone Coast, SA

Coonawarra is justly famous and a pilgrimage to Penola, the local headquarters, was an essential for a young wine merchant back in the 1970s. Much has happened since then and Coonawarra is now the ‘capital city’ of a vast area called the Limestone Coast.

Over the last decades we have found many great bargains and the Kincraig is one of these. Glug does not make wine from the Limestone Coast but we have many contacts and from a regular supply of samples find what we are after for the right price. The best reds are made from Cabernet which gets full ripeness in this cooler region. With Shiraz we are much more cautious and knock back most samples.

We do not want and do not expect a Barossa Valley look alike but we do like ripeness. This is a good wine and will give customers much pleasure. It has now been in barrel for many years so you will discover oak on the palate. This is the final bottling.

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Glug GH Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Mixed Dozen

This is the most unusual mixed dozen we have ever offered and likely the most rewarding. More similar than dis-similar until you try the wines. Then to find they explode in different directions will reveal a stage about wine you were not aware of. Great collection and hopefully for customers this will open a new way of thinking about wine. Each mix contains two bottles of the following six wines:

Glug GH11 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Glug GH12 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Glug GH20 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Glug GH98 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Glug GH86 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Glug GH126 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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4c: Wonderful Barossa Cabernet Shines Brightly
Glug GH126 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
A beautiful wine and I am so pleased we were offered the fruit off this block a few years ago. Barossa wines of this quality should not be rushed and the more time in barrel the better.

Perhaps the oldest Cabernet vines in the world are in the northern Barossa and date to 1890 though most older Barossa blocks are from the 1980s.

I see no competitor in the market place of this quality for this price. One for Glug buyers who know our style.

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4a: Wonderful Bold Statement
Glug GH86 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
When Max Schubert returned from his European study trip in 1950 he wanted Cabernet to make his Grange but not enough could be found.

One of the early years he did make two Granges, a Shiraz and a Cabernet, but Cabernet had to wait for new plantings and finally came out as Trial Bins and then Bin 707.

Great Barossa Cabernet such as this is very under-priced and you can be your own Robert Parker and make the discovery.

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4e: Masterpiece No.2 Northern Barossa
Glug GH98 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
Australian wine has its own ‘yin and yang’ as we are pulled between the attractions of cool climate reds and warm climate reds.

The latter at this moment not as fashionable as the former but a smart drinker will like both. The expensive wines are warm climate, Penfolds Grange and Hill of Grace, then a string from other cooler regions like Margaret River become the collectibles.

You can never drink enough great wine so move easily across all styles is the best way.

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4b: Complex Thick Full Bodied
Glug GH12 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
Cabernet is one of the noble varieties yet when the great table wine boom gathered strength in the 1970s it exposed quickly how little was planted. For many centuries the French wine trade was dominated by reds from Bordeaux which is classical Cabernet country, so the race began in Australia to catch up.

The Barossa Valley does not have a climate like Bordeaux so this meant opening up cooler, more maritime regions. I though do not believe any variety reaches a pinnacle of perfection at some climate point and it is long overdue for discerning palates to return to Barossa Valley Cabernet as they will be staggered with the complexity. Indeed warm climate Cabernets have a very great future as does this great wine.

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4d: Fulfils Our Early Dream To Bottle Single Barrels
Glug GH11 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
When this wine is passed to you by Parker at 2.00 in the afternoon, ‘the final blend what do you think’, you move into very dangerous as all thoughts of smell, sip and spit, disappear and you drink the glass. Such a wondrous creation however in a winery, one thing all to readily leads to another.

Very great wine, fine oak and laden with heavy fruit. Really is a dazzling display with multi layers of satisfying taste. Not much Cabernet existed in the Barossa Valley in 1950 though a famed plot of 1890 vines is still bearing north of Greenock; then in the 1970s planting began and now there are fabulous, 40 year old Barossa vineyards in their prime. I strongly recommend purchase and recommend you follow Barossa Cabernets.

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4f: Masterpiece Northern Barossa
Glug GH20 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
The release of 2017 vintage red is well underway so Benjamin and I are delighted to have an extra year or two for some of our best reds.

You must tend the barrels and keep the wine fresh and if you can do this I am a believer in letting wines sit in barrel. as they do in Spain and the Rhone Valley.

They round off and mature and take up a bit of oxygen and the tannins join and grow in length. Now is about the time to remove from the barrel and bottle. A good drink and a good purchase for Glug customers.

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Weekend No.5: Full Rich Vibrant
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Limestone Coast, SA
To make these blends work you take the Cabernet from a cooler region and the Shiraz from further inland where it is warmer as herbal flavours so readily build in cool climate Shiraz.

Another superb effort from Benjamin Parker and Greg Liebelt though it took some time to get the balance right.

The base of Cabernet works as it brings length and floral aromas yet that mid palate hole is always a worry which made it a natural partner to Shiraz which has ample beef. Blends like this Princeland Watch are made for regular drinking and I would like to think we have built in enough complexity and interest so it does not tire.

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Glug Winemakers SA Best Value Mix

Over the last six months the winemaking team of Benjamin, Greg and Mel 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.

Contains 1 bottle each of the following wines:-

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Weekend No.6: Complex Fruit Long Life
Fareham Estate Clare Valley Riesling 2018

Region: Clare Valley, SA
When I learnt about wine, I was taught the great Rieslings came from Germany and now and again from Alsace. You cannot duplicate the climate of Germany in Australia so we would always be off the pace when the great wines were opened. How come then, those from EdenValley and the Clare Valley are so pleasant and also matured beautifully with prolonged cellaring?

This teaches us two things; the Riesling variety makes interesting wines over a wide climate range and while this will create different tastes it is left to the consumer to travel and taste along this range.

The latitude of the Clare Valley (Clare is at 400m) means it is warm though the vineyards are many hundreds of metres above seal level and the evening temperatures can decline quickly. Cool breezes also move up the Gulf and can lower day time temperatures.

Still the evidence is in the bottle though texturally they are firmer and do not have the silky softness, backed with high acids that a German Riesling will show. I though find them more interesting as the flavours are more complex.

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Explore SA's Rich Reds


Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 7

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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