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Winemaker's Limited Bottling
Premium Private Bin 706 Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2018

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
September-October is classification time when all the wines of the 2018 vintage are assessed. Most of course will be returned to barrel for further maturation. This blend was noted on the tasting bench as showing great promise. The winemakers at this stage do not want to make bold decisions but agreed to have a small amount bottled.

The 2018 vintage and thus this wine shows great promise and will be interesting to compare in the years ahead with the intense drought affected 2019. Both are so different to the texture and aroma of the 2017 vintage and in my view are better. Recall that Glug does not favour a strong new oak influence preferring to make what nature has supplied with the grapes followed with as little human involvement as makes sense.


First Vintage 2009 Shiraz
Dolan Sobels and Hope 'Squatters Three' Clare Valley Merlot Cabernet 2017

Region: Clare Valley
By 1845 most of the good grazing and farming land north and south of Adelaide was being settled. Vines were planted as part of the farming mix though this is different to planting a vineyard as a commercial enterprise and in the Clare the inspiration came from the Jesuits at Sevenhills from the 1850s and 1860s.The pace gathered in the 1890s and by 1904 there was 617 acres of vineyards.

The Clare Valley is an important premium producer as part of the Adelaidean-Mount Lofty range and over the years we have made many magnificent Clare reds. The first of the Squatters Three, a brand paying homage to three pioneers, Dolan, Sobels and Hope was a Shiraz 2009. We have nurtured this wine in barrel for a few years and know you will find it a wonderful addition to your drinking. The wine is made in the manner of the Leasingham Bin 56 of the 1970s-1980s.


Crisp Tight Delightful
Parawatta Eden Valley Riesling 2019

Region: Eden Valley, South Australia

Those in the wine trade living in South Australia have two drinking habits; they drink Coopers Pale Ale and quantities of local Riesling. Both taste good though these days I seldom drink beer though a Riesling at the local Tanunda club is my way of relaxing. Wines of Parawatta must be from the Eden Valley and are frequently display a different nuance of the variety so this is only the third Riesling release the others being 2013 and 2017.

The 2013 was the best ever; but also brought howls of disapproval from customers because it strayed from text book Eden Valley Riesling. Glug works hard to remain flavour neutral and all we wish is offering customers well-made wines which will delight. Concentrate on a good wine in the glass and worry less about whether it is true to style and you will drink better. Here is the Parawatta story: The most famous of the South Australian pioneer pastoralists was the Angas family.

George Fife Angas through his agent Charles Flaxman purchased a large area covering the central Barossa Valley and part of the adjoining Eden Valley. Parrawatta was a pastoral outstation on one of the many Angas family Eden Valley farms. These were developed to the East of Angaston, in Flaxman's Valley which is drained by the North Para River and along the river banks are a cluster of important vineyards.


Barossa Like Flavours Means Value
Andrina Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Region: Langhorne Creek, SA
We often describe Langhorne Creek to overseas visitors as producing reds that have the full ripeness of the Barossa Valley and the fruit sweetness this gives, with the addition of fragrant aromas and flavours that come from a nearness to the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandrina.

The beauty of the wines was recognized by the young Wolf Blass back in the late 1960’s who of course went on to win three successive Jimmy Watson trophies, 1973, 1974 and 1975; with wines predominantly sourced from Langhorne Creek. Even though the first vines date back to 1859 and much later the tremendous lift in recognition driven by Blass, consumer awareness of Langhorne Creek is still low. This has an upside for Glug customers as the reds offer outstanding value for money.


Authentic Goodness of 1960s Style
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Rose 2019

Region: Barossa Valley
Since we arrived in the Barossa Valley in 2004 and worked the first vintage, one aim was to make bone-dry, rose from Barossa Valley fruit. Or being specific from Grenache with additions from Mataro, Cinsault and other heritage varieties; though not from Shiraz or Cabernet, varieties which in our view do not make great rose. We have made some terrific wines though lost heart as they were slow to sell.

It seems we were out of the blocks too quickly as customers have now, thankfully, gathered and approve of our wish to recreate those glorious, bone-dry Roses made by Kaiser Stuhl in the 1960s. These were also before there time, so Kaiser Stuhl switched to making a bright, purple tinged, sweet Rose which after show success was called a Gold Medal Rose. Tastes have matured and Benjamin is delighted to offer the P.B. Burgoyne made in the old-fashioned way.


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:-

Winemakers Create Great Bargain

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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