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Taste the Barossa

It was the right move to set up shop in the Barossa Valley in 2004. I live a little way out of the Barossa town of Tanunda (1842) and my only problem is the tiny life outside the house wishes to get inside. Little things can consume your life, so I am pleased when something big happens like the new release of the Goat Square 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 and it good to have it back and under $10.


Magnificent Return
Albion Hills Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Region: Langhorne Creek
The first Albion Hills was a 2011 Cabernet from Langhorne Creek, developed from a special wine parcel we purchased. We offer many wines from Langhorne Creek and Albion Hills range is our highest quality. As often expressed the special location of Langhorne Creek has not been appreciated until recently.

It can be seen as the eastern expression of McLaren Vale being on the sloping alluvial fans along the eastern side of the Mount Lofty Range while McLaren Vale is on the western and ocean side.

The temperature averages are very similar yet we find more mid palate sweetness in Langhorne Creek reds which is a taste we enjoy. The other attraction of course is that good quality reds are far cheaper than those of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.


New Vintage from Sun and Vines
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
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 being clouded or masked with new oak. The wine does though have a lot of extract so stands easily on its own. Full blown, ripe and rich as you would want. We at Glug are so proud of this Barossa Shiraz. The first, the 2008 seems so long ago though it symbolises the march of vintages and with it our customers.

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 is let each vintage express itself and to do this we use simple wine making methods.

These can be summed up as pick, ferment in small open fermenters, settle and age for two years in old, oak puncheons. Benjamin does not over-use pump-overs which can extract unwanted hard flavours, there is no pre or post soaking and no new oak. Most vintages in the Barossa deliver all the flavour needed as in this 2017.


Proper Pale Fragrant Barossa Rose
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Rose 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Wine begins as confusing and ends up simple. I’m now at the simple stage. If it tastes good and the price is right I will enjoy it.
Everything else makes little sense and its only how long the journey takes you, that will be the issue. Which brings me to Barossa Valley rose. I have been attracted to the style for many decades but found few that fitted my expansive viewpoint which has a narrow definition. In a nutshell the wines were too sweet and too expensive.
The Barossa Valley was also used for many decades to make popular styles like Kaiser Stuhl Gold Medal Rose and in the process the craftsmanship got lost. Its back with a wine like the Kaldukee which was made from the best Cinsault and Grenache to offer a point of difference.
Note this is not like a chilled white with a bit of pink colouring, it’s the real deal and worth every penny. To hammer home the simple point we are not interested in making a coloured, crisp, cold alternative to sauvignon blanc but an alternative taste without much skin contact-though the wine should be served chilled.


Thrilling Addition to Your Barossa Taste
Postcards of the Future 'New School' Barossa Valley Montepulciano 2017

Region: Barossa Valley
It takes a long time to alter the varietal mix of a region and the tastes of a country. Australia does this better than most as the old traditions which led to firm rules of the ‘old world’ do not exist.

Australia is a better place without rules such as ‘Appellation Controlee’ which tell growers in France exactly what is allowed and what is not allowed.

Plant what you like, where you like and let the consumer decide is the correct approach and so it is that Montepulciano is one of a number of variety which adds to our drinking enjoyment. Benjamin has done a fabulous job with this wine and I recommend purchased.


Northern Light of The Barossa
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

Region: Barossa Valley
Nine dollars buys a pretty good red on Glug though for a few dollars more you can enjoy World class wines like this Kitts Creek Shiraz. The first Kitts Creek Shiraz was the 2008 and most vintages since the winemakers have found three or four barrels which express the far Northern region of the Barossa Valley.

We named the wine after the pioneer settler village of St Kitts which was in the hills, beyond the northern limit of the Barossa, though apart from the two churches which are private homes the village has gone. As I often say; to be involved in the making of quality Barossa shiraz is what brought us to live here.

Most of the fruit comes from growers in the northern half of the Barossa, a region we prefer for Shiraz and like most of our wines was made using open vat fermenters, basket pressing with maturation in old oak hogsheads. This is the process we like and we are most happy with the results.


Explore SA's Richest Reds

Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 8

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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