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Spot On The Money Warm Climate Favourite
Light and Finniss South Australian Shiraz 2018

Region: South Australia
The first was the Light and Finniss Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2007 and since then we have released dozens of Light and Finniss wines, mostly reds though whites as well. Colonel William Light, was the colonies Surveyor General and a revered figure. Suitable indeed for wines made from anywhere across South Australia though concentrating on those from the Mount Lofty Ranges which he and Finniss mapped.

This then is the art of Benjamin and Mel at their best. Take a well flavoured base and judiciously alter it for the better without blowing apart the selling price. Anyone can add 50% of a huge Barossa wine but then the selling price sky-rockets to $12 which is not where we want Light and Finniss to be. Here we have a wonderful, ripe, soft South Australian warm climate red for regular consumption.

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Glug Special of 34 dozen
Glug GH64 Individual Barrel Selection Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Preserving the difference is alive and well at Glug and now having the ability to bottle single barrels sits well with this outlook. Why drink a vast, anonymous blend each night when you can regularly taste the difference?

Shiraz from the Barossa Valley is a known quantity and the GH64 bottling fits exactly into expectations. Because of the additional complexity the winemaker Benjamin insisted that this barrel, and I agree, should be bottled; becoming the fifth of the Individual Barrel reds released this year.

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Origin Spain Loves Hot Arid Places
Crayford Barossa Valley Graciano 2017

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia

Parts of Spain and Portugal have some similarities to the climate of the Barossa Valley. Hence, these two countries may be seen as part cousins in our common desire to bring out the best from all varieties adapted to warm, dry climates. They use dozens of varieties in all manner of blends and it makes our tool kit look quite spartan. Thankfully a range of varieties they have used for a thousand years are now being grown in the Barossa allowing us to make more complex blends.

Graciano is one such variety being grown in the Rioja region where it is seen as essential for giving back-bone to the Grand Reserva wines. Though the amount planted in Rioja is tiny, so it seems the use is very specific for blending. Having been tested in a climate that has many similarities to the Barossa thankfully it is finally in the ground.

I am intrigued that Graciano has 45 synonyms so it seems every vineyard in every district planted a row to add meat to the final blend. We are fans at Glug and are delighted to have it back in the Crayford range.

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Complex Fruit Long Life
Fareham Estate Clare Valley Riesling 2018

Region: Clare Valley, SA
When I learnt about wine, I was taught the great Rieslings came from Germany and now and again from Alsace. You cannot duplicate the climate of Germany in Australia so we would always be off the pace when the great wines were opened. How come then, those from EdenValley and the Clare Valley are so pleasant and also matured beautifully with prolonged cellaring?

This teaches us two things; the Riesling variety makes interesting wines over a wide climate range and while this will create different tastes it is left to the consumer to travel and taste along this range.

The latitude of the Clare Valley (Clare is at 400m) means it is warm though the vineyards are many hundreds of metres above seal level and the evening temperatures can decline quickly. Cool breezes also move up the Gulf and can lower day time temperatures.

Still the evidence is in the bottle though texturally they are firmer and do not have the silky softness, backed with high acids that a German Riesling will show. I though find them more interesting as the flavours are more complex.

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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.

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Deeply Coloured Full Flavoured Soft and Ready
Postcards of The Future 'Aerial Firefighters' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
A deeply coloured, gorgeous, fat, round, soft wine just dripping with primary flavours. Glug has always been interested in showing consumers the excitement of turning the new season's fruit into wine. There is a particular appeal in the vibrant colours and the way fruit flavours are expressed in new wine. This of course was how wine was once served as it was difficult to keep.

You filled a decanter with red straight from a barrel which had finished fermentation and placing it on the table. The evolution of barrel storage and understanding the methods of preserving wine took of course many centuries. Drinking the new seasons wine at the winery is the closest you can get to enjoy the primary fruit flavours of the grape and of appreciating that each vintage is controlled by its unique weather.

I rate this wine highly and it shows deep colours of a flashing, vibrant, crimson red with a large mouthful of ripe flavours, complex and intense. Enjoy now and for a few years though it may surprise and live for decades. This is a red for serious drinkers and is not a lightweight, lolly-pop style nor has it been sweetened.

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100% Barossa Guaranteed


Glug 'It's All Barossa Valley - 100% Guaranteed' Mix

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Explore SA's Richest Reds


Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 10

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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