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New Releases July 2018

New Release Wines

July 2018





Highly Pointed Great Price
P.B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Rose 2017

Region: Barossa, SA
This is the final blend created by Benjamin though we did purchase some components. I mention this as recently I noted a rose from this supplier was pointed 97/100, a very high score for a white or rose. Benjamin only deals in the best though I mention this to provide extra comfort that this is a very great Rose.

Oddly while white wines have the fresh taste we enjoy when grown in a cool climate Roses are far more interesting when from a warm climate when varieties like Grenache, Mataro and Cinsault provide depth of flavour and complexity. Thus in our view a Barossa rose has far more appeal than for example a rose made from cool climate Pinot Noir.

We are traditionalists at Glug and have reverted back to the Barossa styles of the 1950s and 1960s which were made from Grenache. Mateus taught Australians how to enjoy rose but it was ordinary and quite sweet. It is then satisfying to find a new interest in a bone dry advanced style.

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95 Point Winner
Crayford Barossa Valley Cabernedro 2016

Region: Barossa Valley

A real, genuine discovery from the master blender Benjamin Parker. We make a long arm of wonderful Barossa Cabernet each vintage but mostly we bottle it as a single variety.

We do blend a bit with Shiraz for the famous Australian innovation of Shiraz Cabernet though do not see it as a breakthrough product and are a bit less keen than others.

This vintage Benjamin sourced a surprise in a parcel of incredible Bonvedro which has a riot of floral aroma not dissimilar to Nebbiolo. Playing around he discovered it locks beautifully with our Barossa Cabernet and after a few months of experiments created this final blend which is termed Carbernedro.

The Bonvedro florals and softness merge into the tough inner core of Cabernet and I find the result remarkable.

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Cool and Wet Heartland of the Hills
P.B. Burgoyne Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: Barossa, SA
Unusually for us we have aged this wine in oak to add complexity and lengthen the palate. It was Brian Croser with his start up Petaluma, dating from 1976, who made the first Adelaide Hills whites to catch my attention. I am not sure when the first Chardonnay was released though I recall a succession of cleverly made wines being released over the 1990s.

Those early pioneers of the 1970s triggered off a wave of vineyard plantings which have multiplied across the Adelaide Hills with dozens of wineries now offering numerous white varieties. There is now ample supply so a small business, like Glug, can source from a great number of locations though we prefer the heartland which surrounds the original Petaluma vineyards and goes north and west for five to 10 kilometres.

The wetter, higher, cooler ground is the best for Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as the fruit flavours change as you move east and south into slightly warmer areas. The Burgoyne sits comfortably with the ideal of Glug to balance quality with price and Benjamin Parker has done an exceptional job.

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Wonderful Mix of Freshness and Complexity
Salem Valley Estates Barossa Valley Semillon Chardonnay 2016

Region: Barossa, SA
Semillon was planted in the Barossa Valley back in the 1880s and until recently was a part of any growers mix of varieties.

The variety makes interesting wines in cool and warm climates and has a claim to be called the white variety of the Barossa Valley For a time in the 1980s and 1990s Semillon was in great demand and growers were encouraged to plant more as brands such as Peter Lehmann were selling huge quantities.

It was not to be a good move as the growth of vineyards in other cooler regions and the rise of Marlborough, New Zealand, say sales plummet and they will never recover. For this reason vineyards across the valley are replanting with red varieties which will have an endless future. Still the wines are very good indeed and being hard to sell means prices are low.

At Glug we always buy good wine when it is offered on favourable terms and to this excellent base Benjamin has added a wonderful complex, delicate Chardonnay and the two complement each other well.

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Bright Deep Colour Red Country
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: Coonawarra, SA

Stretching eastward from Margaret River to Mornington Peninsula and further east to Mallacoota and the N.S.W. border are what I term the vineyards of the Southern Coastline. The flavours are influenced by the coolness of the Great Southern Ocean inter-acting with the heat of the land.

Of the many regions now recognised Coonawarra was the undisputed champion until well into the 1990s. Now it is rivalled by Margaret River, the great Southern of WA and regions east like the Yarra Valley. Of course long-established vineyards and a depth of wine making talent means when the vintage is good the wines are world class. In my youthful days I thought of Coonawarra as the Bordeaux of the southern hemisphere.

There are similarities but I have a more nuanced view these days as the maritime climates are not the same. The heat of our warmer inland pushes south and makes for a fuller, riper style.

Now I see all wine regions as unique as it’s impossible to exactly duplicate the same set of conditions which exists on another part of the globe. You do though get bands of similarity and this Coonawarra has the noticeable, firmer grip of cool climate Cabernet.

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First the 2008 the 2016 Is Our Best Ever
Goat Square Barossa Valley Grenache 2016

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
This is the fourth Grenache release the first being the 2008. The Grenache is released every year as the market is much smaller for Shiraz. The grapes though go into other wines, one of the reason our cheaper blends are such excellent value.

Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are the heritage varieties of the Barossa, and Grenache was widely grown as it vine can be induced to crop heavily and with high sugar content was perfect for making port.

As the fortified market faded old vines were grubbed out because of lack of demand and more importantly the skills to make a thick concentrated red had not evolved and growers were still cropping to highly for table wines.

This changed in the 1980s though really its only since the new century that I have felt comfortable recommending Barossa Valley Grenache. Its appeal will steadily grow and 90% of wineries would now make a version though some settled for the varietal blend know as GMS. Glug stock many pure Grenache wines and blends. I have confidence that this 100% varietal will gather wide support. Great wine and well done Benjamin.

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Fabulous Vintage Delivers Pleasure
Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Dry Red Blend 2012

Region: South Australia
Small parcels of back vintage wine exist in many wineries. Wineries are good housekeepers and these lots are well looked after.

At some time though they must be sold and thankfully we get a few of the right calls. Benjamin has done a wonderful job with this base, and recall we purchased way too much of this vintage, so we had several interesting varieties to add to the final blend.

Lastly and ‘please forgive us’ if you are the ultimate purist the final blend was freshened with younger Barossa wine. The Adelaidean concept first appeared in 2015 as we wanted a large multi-district regional name which would allow us to blend wines from premium places like the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek.

Thus Adelaidean-Mount Lofty wines come from the continuous range which extends 350 kilometres from the Southern Flinders to Kangaroo Island.

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Rare and Special Varieties


Glug 'Rare and Special Heritage Varieties' Mix

Some estimates say there are 10,000 grape varieties and of these perhaps several thousand are cultivated, meaning enough is grown to make the variety the local drink in one country or other. Think of old wine cultures in Georgia and Albania, and even China I now read. A feast of difference awaits which is the passion behind this mixed dozen. In advanced western countries under 10 varieties will account for way over 90% of what we drink. We support diversity to give us drinking interest and here is your starting pack.

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Big Savings on Rose!


Glug South Australian Rose Mix

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100% Barossa Valley - Guaranteed!


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

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Explore our Rich Reds


Glug 'Exploring the Full Flavoured Reds of SA' Mix 2

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. Any-way this is the second mix of a wonderful new selection.

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