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Trial Bin 576 South Australia Cabernedro 2013 and 2016
I ask you to shift with the times. It is OK to bring back the home bottlings of the 1960s and 1970s though in this case it has simply shifted to the Barossa Valley and is not hit and miss but under the supervision of Benjamin Parker the winemaker. The principle is the same, save money and drink better, though in this case we do the work plus we use nitrogen and check automatically for oxygen uptake which is a big no-no. For my weekend offer you get a ripper red for $65 a case.



Boldness in Winemaking Delivers Great Reward

Trial Bin 576 South Australia Cabernedro 2013/2016

Boldness will not come from dusting off old ways of winemaking or pretending to make natural wines but from rethinking how to get a good drink to the customer while lowering the price.

Today I release a brilliant effort from the winemaker Benjamin Parker which shows what is possible. To a delightful base of 2013 South Australian Cabernet all from premium regions including the Barossa he has added a large chunk of 100% Barossa Valley Bonvedro 2016.

The result is sensational as is the price of $65. Boldness, directed where is should be, at the customer and without waffle. We have been trialling ideas which lower prices for 18 months now, the Trial Bin Range, so you may drink better for less.

We are not motivated as young turks are to be awarded ‘Young Gun Winemaker of the Year’ as we have ‘been there done that’. The real adventure is to rethink the whole world of wine from the ground up. Grab a box and see how we are going.

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Ask yourself: What should a decent bottle cost?

How much should you spend to get a decent bottle of wine? This is a simple question though if your reaction is to dismiss it, perhaps as unworthy of discussion, I think you are missing out on trend which is picking up speed.

Of course there is no easy answer as two variables instantly come to mind, your income and interest in wine. Thus we do not need a scientist to tell us that wealthier people pay more for wine and if you covet the very best it means you have developed a healthy or perhaps an unhealthy interest in wine.

Since there can be no measurable link between price and quality, apart from any extra effort must be paid for, it means what you believe you know about this topic is fragile.

Many factors are in play in Australia which are undermining, altering may be a better word, 'cultural' viewpoints about wine which we acquired through the many decades it took our our country to embrace table wines.
I believe these factors are pulling out the props which support beliefs about buying wine we think are rock solid.

When we began Glug back in 2004 Benjamin and I could smell the shifts. They are accelerating and if you cling to what you dearly believe you will miss out on exciting times ahead.

Frankly it is possible to sell you great wine at much lower prices but you will have to give up the props you have been taught to cling to such as brands. Many others I have documented in these short essays.

Buy a case of the new Weekend wine the Cabernedro 2013/2016 and be confronted with a ripper all for $65 a case. How good is this!




P.B. Burgoyne Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
When we search for good bulk reds at value prices we start in regions that are less know which means the produce far more supply than demand – for that regions name.

The region called the Limestone Coast is a huge area in the South East corner of South Australia which abuts the Victorian border. There are vineyards from Bordertown to Mount Gambier and west across to Robe and with outposts like Lucindale.

We know this country very well and its one of our favourite regions as the grape quality is high, since it is cool maritime, yet prices sit below fair on our value for money gauge.

Enter this wonderful Burgoyne Cabernet discovered by the winemakers. So what does it taste like?

Frankly I cannot tell the difference between this Burgoyne and a similar wine from Coonawarra so you may as well pocket the difference.

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Farmers & Growers Ploughman South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
The Ploughman is 100% from premium regions of South Australia from the large sweep of vineyards grown between the Southern Flinders and Kangaroo Island. I have little doubt that this is one of the great wine region on earth.

We buy parcels of wine every vintage and these accumulate over many vintages to become our precious reserves or holdings of bulk wine. From this stock we blend wines that are special for the prices asked.

This Ploughman then represents these discoveries of wines we think were undervalued in the market place The Ploughman contains a large percentage of Cabernet but also other varieties and the flavour has been lifted with a small amount of wine from younger vintages.

We want deep colours and full flavours as that is our style while the hard part is to add some mystery to the taste and this is often found by the addition of a less common variety such as Mataro or an Italian variety. We made just over 100 cases.

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P.B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

I have to go back to 2012 to find the last time we sold a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality at this price. Indeed this Burgoyne is all we like and look for in a wine. The origin is the most sought after region in Australia-the Barossa Valley, the grapes were grown by well known farmers, the wine maker Benjamin Parker prepared the wine for bottling which is a critical job and we supervised the bottling locally.

The wine was not made by us but on the bench against comparable samples this wine stood out as a grade above the others the and as you do we pulled the sample forward. The transaction was done and here it is released under the wine-merchant label of P B Burgoyne.

Burgoyne commenced business in 1871 as a UK importer of Australian wines and strode like a colossus across our landscape. We hope he is pleased with our efforts and I am certain customers will be. At this introductory price this should become the bread and butter red yet with the knowledge you are drinking a very high grade. This is what we are good at and is very close to our ideal of vineyard, grower, maker.

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P.B. Burgoyne
McLaren Vale
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Recall that McLaren Vale wins more Trophies for Cabernet than is does for Shiraz. McLaren Vale is a rare and unusual wine setting having an ocean frontage and thus a maritime climate, though with a few twists as it is far warmer than the latitude would suggest.

It is protected from the strength of the cold Great Southern Ocean by the position of Kangaroo Island and the closed nature of the Gulf St Vincent which makes it warmer than a well exposed ocean outlook such as Margaret River.

Thus the Cabernets are more generous with a chocolate depth to the flavours which is both complex and unusual. For those who know our McLaren Vale style there is no risk as it sits in easily with wines from Hope Farm, Trennert and the like.

Thus I see brilliant buying both for current drinking and cellaring with a 10 year horizon.

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P.B. Burgoyne
McLaren Vale
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Recall that McLaren Vale wins more Trophies for Cabernet than is does for Shiraz. McLaren Vale is a rare and unusual wine setting having an ocean frontage and thus a maritime climate, though with a few twists as it is far warmer than the latitude would suggest.

It is protected from the strength of the cold Great Southern Ocean by the position of Kangaroo Island and the closed nature of the Gulf St Vincent which makes it warmer than a well exposed ocean outlook such as Margaret River.

Thus the Cabernets are more generous with a chocolate depth to the flavours which is both complex and unusual. For those who know our McLaren Vale style there is no risk as it sits in easily with wines from Hope Farm, Trennert and the like.

Thus I see brilliant buying both for current drinking and cellaring with a 10 year horizon.

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Salem Valley
Barossa
Sauvignon Blanc 2015

What can a grower do? Australian Sauvignon blanc has been drowned by the New Zealand flood which is now over five million cases per year. Likely this is why we were able to buy this wonderful wine at such a low price.

In any month we taste many samples though the number varies as it depends on whether we need more wines. Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills has won widespread acceptance while those from the adjoining Eden Valley are harder to sell.

A guiding principle of ours is to buy good wines when we find them; and this applies regardless of the origin or variety. Some might say this wine has too much flavour to be mistaken for the New Zealand or Adelaide Hills style.

Who cares as the Salem is an outstanding wine which is true to what the variety does in the cool Eden Valley. I give it 10/10 on my value for money scale and we take delight in preserving the differences of this unique and magical region.

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It's Back
A Box of Big Red Surprises


Trial Bins 542, 5640, 5770, 566 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
The story so far has taken us from experiments or Trial Bin Reds beginning in 2016 to the release of three wines: the Barbarossa from the Barossa Valley and two from the long arc of premium SA country we call the Adelaidean. These three wines sell for $8.99, $7.99 and $6.99. This makes the mixed case of experimental wines from 2016 and 2017 very good buying at $64 so I again draw your attention to this value.


Trial Big Reds from the
Adelaidean Project Mixed Dozen


This special contains three bottles from four red trials:


Trial Bin 5640 'The Jackman' South Australia Red Blend No.2 NV
Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013
Trial Bin 566 South Australia Rich Dry Red 2013
Trial Bin 5770 South Australia Full Bodied Rich Blend No.3 2013


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Big Red Mix No.13
from South Australia


To display some of our new wines the Big Red Mix rolls over to No 13. The highlights are many but the Village Belle Mourvedre will thrill as will the Crayford Shiraz which is a blockbuster Barossa. However as we love our Grenache the best wine is likely the Hope Farm Grenache. The joy of buying a mixed dozen is keeping up with what we do and concentrating on what is in each bottle plus the price is attractive.

Big Red Mix No. 13 from South Australia Mixed Dozen contains one bottle each of the following wines:
Auld & Burton South Australia Shiraz Grenache 2012
Cameron County 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
The Diviner South Australia Shiraz Grenache Cabernet 2012
Light & Finniss Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red 2012
P. B. Burgoyne Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet 2011
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mouvedre 2014
Farmers & Growers 'The Ploughman' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Shearers 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

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