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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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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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Restless Shiraz from 2014
Restless Farm 'The Elephant' Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2014

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
Why did Wolf Blass gravitate to Langhorne Creek to make his most prestigious reds? Likely because he was an outsider, having been in Australia only a few years, he went to where he found the flavours he wanted. The market profile of Langhorne Creek is better now than in the 1970s yet exceptional quality can still be found at much lower prices than for McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

The original Restless Farm was a Goat from Padthaway and the second was the Elephant Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2009. There have been three further Elephants since 2009. The interest with this wine comes from the 2014 vintage and with six years age now shows mature characters, note though the wine has been in barrel and was only bottled a few weeks ago. This distinction is important as wine in barrel matures very slowly versus bottles.

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First of Three Small and Concentrated Vintages
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018

Region: Barossa Valley, SA

This is the thirteenth vintage of the Goat Shiraz which we refer to as the ‘Salt of the Earth’.

The Goat is a pure expression of Barossa Shiraz with a light dose of mature oak as it does not see new oak. Benjamin does not want the rich, ripeness and complex flavours developed from the fruit competing with the raw flavours of new oak. Wines like this have a lot of extract and easily stands on its own.

The first vintage was the 2006 and, with the Karrawirra, is a staple of Glug.

Goat Square is an historic masterpiece as it was the old centre of Tanunda, Barossa Valley, and survives with three original cottages on the corners of the square with the oldest, the Rieschieck house built in 1850.

This style of wine is what we wanted to do when coming to the Barossa which sums up as letting each vintage express itself. To achieve this we use simple wine making methods, and these can be summed up as pick, ferment in small open fermenters, settle and age for two years in old, oak puncheons.

Benjamin is careful with over-use of pump-overs which can extract unwanted hard flavours, and there is no pre or post soaking and no new oak.

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Sparkling For All Occasions
Philip Schaffer The Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

Region: Australia
Australia has a long history of making sparkling wines and at Great Western you can still visit the winery and vineyards of one of these pioneers Hans William Irvine. Another famous maker was Leo Buring who worked at Minchinbury, though now consumed by Sydney suburbia. History shows these pioneers struggled in the long dark ages which extended into the 1950s before the table wine revival marked the awakening of a curiosity about all things to do with wine.

This led to the planting of more desirable grapes for sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and with this a revival of the high technical skills needed to make fresh exciting wines. It has been a long haul though as this year of record local consumption of French Champagne shows much work remains to convince consumers that great wines are being made. Glug does not make sparkling wine but we find the best we can and these are presented under the Philip Schaffer brand.

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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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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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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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