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Two Specials for $60 and $69

And Save $41.88 on SA Red and White Mix



Weekend Special No.1 - Save $41.88

Weekend SA Red and White Pack
Toss this mixed pack of South Australian reds and whites in the pantry and you will be well rewarded. As is our way both were blended at the winery in the Barossa Valley and in small quantities as small is best. Buying six of each separately off the site would cost you $101.88 so at $60 you pick up a useful saving of $41.88. The Ariadne has been selling at $10.99.

Each mixed pack contains:
Borderland Estate 'Bush Telegraph' SA Classic Dry Red 2013 (6 bottles)
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013 (6 bottles)
Limit of one case with each order.
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Light and Finniss at Lowest Ever Price at $69

Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red Blend 2012

You cannot buy Jacobs Creek for this price. Jacobs is made in millions of cases while just over 100 cases were made of this Light and Finniss, a product of our Adelaidean project.

Wines like this are hand made and are simply more fun and interesting to drink. This Dry Red is a field blend from several premium regions along the Mount Lofty-Adelaidean Range with a backbone of Cabernet. Limit of one case per order.

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Popular wines are sweeter and low in tannin, we make the wines that nature brings and they are hand made.

The two weekend specials are bobby dazzlers. As I enjoy reminding buyers, every home needs a supply of good, honest reds and whites which can be pulled out at a moment’s notice. Pour a glass of red or white for the unexpected guest, or the neighbour who has come over to beef about something, and you will have them in the palm of your hand.

I used to be a prospector and at any moment was hoping to strike it rich. The big one was always over ‘them thar hills’. Prospecting is a bit like the wine business as we all hope to find a treasure that costs next to nothing. With wine at times I have come close and being on the hunt for the best bargains has kept my interest alive.

Super funds and assorted speculators in the UK invested heavily in wine, as an alternative investment, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was a giddy time. The first oil shock rippled over the globe in 1973 and these same buyers got frightened and together rushed for the exit.
The market could not absorb the quantities and prices just collapsed. In faraway Australia I smelt treasure and at auction purchased a container of assorted Portuguese Vintage Ports, Taylors, Warres, Dows, Fonseca, from great vintages, like 1963. These were sold at a good profit though in reality for next to nothing to Canberra drinkers.

I am not offering great wines for next to nothing today but for $60 a case I promise you will drink OK and wines like this are good to have hanging around. With that said I reckon the Ariadne Chardonnay which has been selling for $10.99 will look good in most company.





Notice Barossa Wine Tasting:
The October, 2017 Wine Tasting will be held on Friday 20th October, Saturday 21st October and Sunday 22nd October. All welcome with a range of great specials. Chat with the winemaker Benjamin Parker and sample over 50 wines. At the Glug winery, 95 Samuel Road, Barossa Valley.


30 Day Pricing Guarantee:
After buying wine it is most annoying to find it cheaper shortly afterwards. Currently Ben and I find selling on-line most turbulent. To hold our ground I confess to moving prices around far more than usual. Please notify Nicole or Claire of any upsetting price moves and they will then issue a credit.






Andrina
Langhorne Creek
Cabernet Rose 2015

Wines pick up flavours from the climate and weather and a broad division is made between cool climate and warm climate wines. That’s a first step but in reality no line on any map can ever say this style stops here and the other starts. So when we wished to expand our rose range from the Barossa Valley we choose a new region in Langhorne Creek and a different variety in Cabernet.

The flavour combines temperate coolness with a bit of Barossa warmth so it is a shift in what we have been offering. Also the texture is a bit lighter while the Cabernet gives it length.

So while the style is the same, it is after-all a rose, the taste profile has shifted and I find the wine more delicate with the length coming from the Cabernet.

For most customers the Andrina will be a better buy as some of our Barossa offerings have been adventurous meaning the impact can be a trifle confronting. So an excellent effort and a safe buy.

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Roxton
McLaren Vale
Shiraz 2014

We released our first Roxton in 2010 which was from the 2008 vintage. The history of the firm began in 1929 as a producer of fortified wines for the Southern whaling fleet, and after three other owners was resurrected by the winemaker Benjamin Parker. These days the McLaren Vale based consultant Nicholas Bourke and Ben make the wine.

I follow the production with great interest and apart from asking it be true to McLaren Vale, promote the idea that the wine be full flavoured and can be drunk younger. Fresh vibrant flavours which have great colour and sing from the glass is one of the defining characters of wines made by Bourke which is of course why we use his remarkable talents.

Yet wines made this way live for a long time so if you have the urge to see what will happen in the cellar have no fear. I also like to compare a well crafted Shiraz such as this with the equivalent from the Barossa Valley as then you will see not only similarities but those hard to define differences which mark the regions settings. At this price the wine is a strong buy.

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Ariadne
Adelaide Hills
Sauvignon Blanc 2016

'Familiar but complex, fruit and finesse, delicate yet flavoursome, light but lengthy - has it all.'

The 2016 is sourced from the same Adelaide Hills vineyards as previous vintages. The town of Woodside is centrally located in the Adelaide Hills at a height of about 370 metres. The grapes for the Ariadne are sourced from further west, well into the climb up the Basket Range, which is the hot place for aspiring young winemakers. To make great Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool growing climate and for Australia this means a high elevation.

This also means the variety will take on a slightly different expression to the popular New Zealand wines which are from high cool latitudes near sea level. As the excitement of wine is about its variation I think you should be drinking a range of Sauvignon Blanc's.

You will be the judge but I score this wine well above the bulk New Zealand wines selling under $10 which now flood the retail shops. I am so confident with this statement that I give the Ariadne my 10/10 value for money sticker.

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Light and Finniss
Fleurieu Peninsula
South Australia Rose 2015

This Light and Finniss explores the cooler spectrum of flavours being from vineyards well south of Adelaide in the ranges called the Fleurieu Peninsula. Looking back I think its fair to say that rose has been the ‘next big thing’ for many decades.

Sales have recently increased so we are adding several to our list. Really they are just white wines and in this case with some skin contact though you can alter the back palate and thus the finish of the wine playing with skin contact. And in any case they look good and at times perception is everything.

I look back with fondness to Mateus and Kaiser Stuhl as they were shop favourites through the 1980s though a little heavy handed with the sweetness. We prefer them drier with emphasis on defining a back palate expression though heaven forbid this is not a light red and must not be seen as such. This is a good wine and will find favour with the growing numbers adding this style to their drinking repertoire.

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Borderland Estate
'Bush Telegraph'
SA Classic Dry Red 2013

I believe all who drink wine have admiration for those who labour hard to make the greatest wines, some of which sell for $1000 a bottle. At times we may envy those who can afford the wines.

Back in the day to day world over 30% of wine is sold in casks and much of this is very good. In-between these two extremes, yet under $12, is where we enjoy ourselves and spend a lot of time crafting wonderful tasty reds and whites.

Large mistakes are made when wine is graded and then sold and we think we are particularly good at seeing what others miss. At least one of the reasons is because we are prepared to buy many tiny amounts whereas a large business only deals in say 200,000 litre amounts.

Smallness is good as it preserves the differences and every wine made is different to every other. This Borderland shows our strength which is to duplicate the boldness of a Barossa Shiraz for a much lower price. You can’t of course but the art is to see how close you can go. With that said the Bush Telegraph is wrapped around a core of Cabernet.

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Restless Farm
'The Pig'
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

‘There’s gold in them thar hills’ did not come true for South Australia although they did work an alluvial river flat not far from the Barossa Valley town of Lyndoch which is known as the Barossa Goldfields. The real gold has come of course with the recognition of the Barossa Valley as a unique, world class, wine region. Finding another place just like the Barossa is unlikely as while vines will spring up in many new locations my perusal of the global geography shows the location is unique.

Barossa Valley Shiraz is a world class drink and when well priced is a must buy. The range of Restless Farm wines dates back to the 2008 vintage with the first being The Goat from Padthaway of 40 cases. The other animals down on this strange farm are the Goose, the Elephant, the Camel and the Bunny. As expected

The Pig is stout, round and soft and to bring you up to date two real Berkshires called Crackle and Pop have been purchased and are growing quickly. Commence drinking now though this Restless Farm Shiraz will mature over many years.

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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
Oakley Adams Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 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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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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