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375ml Bottles of the Goat
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017 (12 per small case 375ml)

Region: Barossa Valley
Benjamin focusses 100% on customers so when a small number of customers asked for half bottles he went out of his way to comply. Please note: Half bottles cost as much to package as full bottles so they do not cost half as much. Secondly, the smart way to buy is a case of halves and add another six bottles of wine which is sent at the price of one case. Or we can tape together two half cases. Also two halves equal one bottle for regular packing. Otherwise this is a full bodied Barossa Valley Shiraz of the type you would expect.

FREIGHT: a dozen half bottles takes the place of six normal bottles in a shipping case.


Benjamin Creation Not Simple Cheap Red
Trial Bin 589 South Australian Shiraz NV

Region: South Australia
No matter how careful the plans when a wine is sent to bottle you either do not have enough to use up the printed labels or there is wine left over. Wine must fill to the brim the container in which it is stored so leftovers means filling small barrels or even large glass jars. I’m talking about wines too good to simply pour into a general blend which happens in most wineries but not at Glug.

To make this red Benjamin began with a very fine Shiraz base and added some of this precious stock to boost the flavour of this ‘value for money’ Trial Bin reds are experimental as ideas are formed to create new products. They are not repeated though are very good value for money.


Fourth Release Depth and Richness
Goat Square Reserve 'Ziegenmarkt' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
The winemaker Benjamin keeps his cards about the top wines close to his chest and cannot be rushed. The clock can tick-tock all it likes as Benjamin just waits. Finally the 2016 is in bottle and ready to add to customer collections. The first Goat Shiraz was 2006 though it was not till the 2013 vintage that the quality had risen enough for the first Ziegenmarkt to be created.

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.


Full Deep Rich Display the Vintage
Langdorf Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley
The first Langdorf Shiraz was the 2009 with the 2016 following on from the 2015 which sold out in early 2018. The winemaker likes to keep the best Barossa Shiraz as long as possible in mature oak as the wine picks up complexity but not the flavours of oak which we are not keen on. The wine took longer than anticipated to approach an optimum so it has received an extra 12 months in barrel. As always when to bottle is the call of the winemaker.

Barossa fruit arrives at the winery with a lot of flavour and heavy doses of new oak strike us as being the wrong approach. For the last six months we have been bottling the 2017 vintage and will soon move to the 2018 making this 2016 more appealing. As the wine has just been bottled a useful cellaring life of say another five years may deepen the complexity though a cool cellar is needed. I am a believer in after opening this style of wine to then pour it steadily into a carafe or decanter which will lift the fruit.


Two Varieties that Seamlessly Combine
Old Moppa Road Barossa Valley Cabernet Merlot 2017

Region: Barossa Valley
Merlot is noted for softness and fleshiness both being taste characters that appeal to a wide range of consumers making it an International variety now grown in many countries. Its origin is quite recent with the first reference being from Bordeaux in 1784 though plantings in Australia and in the Barossa date to the 1990s.

Merlot blends well with Cabernet and when offered a few barrels recently we had the ideal partner in the Tanunda vineyard Cabernet we make each vintage. Cabernet makes firm wines and the tannic toughness can get out of control so blending with the soft, fleshiness of Merlot comes naturally. 100% Merlot wines are not common from the Barossa valley and the accepted use is to round out and broaden the appeal of Cabernet. The result here is excellent.


Exciting Inspiring Blend from the Past
Glug 'The Sandman' Barossa Valley Shiraz Pinot Noir 2019

Region: Barossa Valley
Shiraz blended with Pinot works because Pinot tempers the Shiraz while giving it fragrant energetic lift. Pinot punches up the back palate giving the wine a juicy feel which is what is wanted in a red made to be drunk when young. Though I recall Hunter wines with 25 years of age drinking well. I have to go a long way back to recall the last time a winery put effort into making a red from the new vintage for early release.

Perhaps it was Stephen Hickinbotham using giant collapsible bags in which to ferment whole bunches for his innovative Cab-Mac. We have a warm country, eating outdoors is fun and surely what we want on the table are carafes of the new seasons wine, red, white and rose; yet what do we get, nothing. Over to Benjamin with his Sandman Barossa Shiraz Pinot which is brilliant. He pays homage to the inspiring Maurice O’Shea and later McWilliams which used this blend in the 1940s-1950s in the Hunter, sending off barrels to places like Johnnie Walker Cellars, Sydney for early consumption. Now is the time to look again at exciting young reds.


The Best Region For Value Big Reds
Oakley Adams Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Region: Langhorne Creek
For some regions it takes a long time to gain customer support and Langhorne Creek has waited in the wings the longest of all. The first vineyard dates to 1860 then not a lot happened. The location and the climate are ideal though I think the reason was that Adelaide had ample supplies from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley and if more wine was needed it came from the Clare or the Riverland.

A Langhorne Creek wine was awarded the first Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1961 and Wolf Blass put himself on the map with three Jimmy Watson Trophies in the 1970s but these did little to lift the district. I recall even in the mid-1990s how difficult Langhorne Creek wines were to sell. Times have changed but even now fabulous grapes sell for a lot less than those of the Barossa Valley. With the resulting wines being almost as good it makes them great bargains.


What A Wonderful Drink
Glug 'The Rockery' Barossa Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Region: Barossa Valley
The great test with wine is being passed a glass with no clues offered and being asked an opinion. As soon as you say ‘can you give me a clue’ the trouble begins as rather than simply give an opinion on what is in the glass you are searching for clues to make your answer correct or at least conform.

With wine we can say some are better than others and so on, though what does correct mean? A Pinot of quality instantly means a cool to even cold climate as that is what we have been taught.

Indeed many tasting Pinots come from cooler climates though I am forever being confounded by wines that do not conform to any rule book. When the market asked for an Australia sparkling wine made from the traditional varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay both were planted in the Barossa.

Later it was realised that for sparkling wines a lightness and fineness was needed and that does not come from the Barossa. A little Pinot remains and the more I see of it the more we want as it makes a wonderful rich drink.


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.


Lay Back and Relax
Glug 'Sangfroid' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Region: McLaren Vale
The only time to panic is when you do not have a decent glass of red. Benjamin to the rescue with the Glug Sangfroid. The Sangfroid is an initial release from an amazing hoard of reds discovered in a winery in McLaren Vale. After many months talking they recently accepted our deal. The wines are from the McLaren Vale region and many other regions further South and East. Benjamin is excited and rushed out this bottling to share the discovery.

Many wines from McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and the Fleurieu Peninsula will flow out over the next six months. The wines were in small quantities and thus will come and go quickly. This suits an aim of ours which is to preserve the differences with short bottling runs, a luxury long since lost in the large world of conventional retail. Wines coming and going we believe provides customers with long term drinking interest while allowing them to develop the Sangfroid needed to put up with all the silliness of the wine business.


Last Stocks from Great Vintage
Glug 'The Patsy' Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Region: Barossa Valley
The last stocks of our 2015 reds are being bottled and ‘The Patsy’ was a special bottling to celebrate Barossa pioneers who specialised in blending Shiraz and Cabernet. Many companies in the 1950-1970s made these blends though as customers discovered table wines, they preferred single varieties, so the practise died out.

Yalumba has been the major house to continue, with the Signature series, which pays tribute to employees. Both varieties make superb wines in the Barossa Valley and since it is such an obvious blend perhaps a revival will happen.

The Patsy was one of several wines taken from oak and bottled in late March, 2020 to clear space for the new vintage which is currently fermenting. A full rich wine, new in bottle so it still has a long life ahead.


Incredibly Small Crop - Tight Bunches
Harem 'Rosita' Barossa Valley Rose (Grenache Mataro) 2019

Region: Barossa Valley
With the 2019 vintage of Harem we return to where we started as the first Rosita, the 2009, was made from Mataro with Grenache. Ten years on the Grenache is predominant yet all else is the same, such as a bone dry ferment. We have no doubt that Barossa Valley Rose made from heritage varieties has a significant place on the table of advanced consumers. The complexity and range of flavours is very significant, yet I cannot recall any recent reviews.

I will never forget my first experience of this style which was a Kaiser Stuhl Barossa Valley Grenache Rose in the early 1970s; no ‘experience’ is not good enough, as I was swept off my feet by the intrigue and complexity. These Kaisers did not sell and so they turned the brand into a bright pink, sweet, pop Rose. The first Rosita also did not sell though I did my best by drinking many bottles. These days sales are more encouraging and those with advanced tastes will love this Rosita. Note this 2019 returns to the traditional 2009 style being different to the 2018 which was more playful.


Lifting the Bar Again
Landaus Vintners 'Chapman's Crossing' South Australia Shiraz NV

Region: South Australia
Benjamin and his team, the team being one to three depending on the day, gain great satisfaction in making down to earth, value reds. The models are the first Jacobs Creek 1973 and the first Penfolds Koonunga Hill 1976. Both were big hitters, exceptional at the time, and with this firm inspiration Benjamin creates a 2020 version of those early value reds.

To make interesting reds at keen prices requires a pool of stock to draw upon. The best tastes may not all come from the same vintage or variety so for this Chapmans several vintages have been combined.

Recall this is the same method used to make ultra-expensive French Champagnes. The first Chapmans red was assembled in 2009 so Chapmans now has a decade of releases though as with most of our sub $10 wines they come and go being different while staying close to the same theme.

FREE half bottle (375mL) of the Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017 included in every case of 12 x Chapman's Crossing SA Shiraz NV.


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.


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.


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