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Oakley Adams Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017
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.

Price: $8.99

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Goat Square Reserve 'Ziegenmarkt' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
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.

Price: $17.99

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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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Langdorf Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Full Deep Rich Display Of 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.

Price: $15.99

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Harem 'Layla' Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018
Harem 'Layla' Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
When settling into Barossa life back in 2004 we drank every GSM we could find, some over and over again. We also knew from day one that we wanted to be part of bringing the excitement of the GSM blend, made from these three heritage varieties, to our customers.

The first Layla was from 2009 while the entire Harem range is devoted to expressions of these three varieties. Grenache contributes a lighter expression to the normal Barossa sturdiness of its reds and to complement this lead variety we use Mataro and Shiraz which show ripe, juicy, floral characters.

Our favourite restaurant in 2004 and 2005 was Bar Vinum in Angaston and Benjamin and I hope that Layla will give customers an impression of the many glorious lunches we had at this most magnificent of all restaurants. Wines like Layla are part of the hidden genius of the Barossa.

Price: $29.90

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Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
Exciting New Release
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region: Barossa Valley
When I began selling wine in 1975 it was not easy to locate and thus stock a range of 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz. The Barossa was a centre for wine production for large companies, Seppelts, Penfolds, Hardys, Yalumba, Gramps -Orlando, Kaiser Stuhl and others a bit smaller like Saltrams, Tollana and later Peter Lehmann.

Mostly they concentrated on large volumes of regional blends and the idea of promoting a range of Barossa reds was yet to develop. Now you can purchase perhaps 50 to 100 different Shiraz individual bottlings from each vintage which is of course the future for this unique vineyard setting. Glug specialises in a range as that is what the Barossa does best.

The most popular for a number of years has been the Crayford.

Price: $10.99

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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.

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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.

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