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Premium Private Bin 88 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
It is simply not possible to find a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality in any retail store. Equivalents like Pepperjack will set you back $17. I praise the scientists in the CSIRO packaging division in the 1950-60s for solving the technical problems which today preserve the tiny amounts left after major bottlings of our fabulous Barossa reds (read todays notes). These bin-ends are being bottled, one at a time, and offered as PPB's. This Bin 88 cleans up another 23 cases. Limit one per order - thanks.



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Premium Private Bin 88 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Differences of opinions about wine are good though on the topic of the most popular every survey I see always leads with Barossa Valley Shiraz.

For this reason the grapes are the most expensive, and perhaps it's not surprising the most expensive wine Penfolds Grange is mostly Barossa and as a bonus they cellar for decades.

Long years behind the counter serving customers taught me that the taste of Barossa is incredibly popular and of course years later explains why we set up the Glug shop in the Barossa Valley.

This Shiraz found its way into a Karrawirra Shiraz Cabernet and a series of other Barossa reds we have released over 2016-2017 thus you get good savings on the labelled wines though it is not identical to any of them. Please enjoy and a limit of one case per order.

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Keep your sense of wonder about wines by varying what you drink and dare to be different.

Change is good but often it is so damned hard to do.

I recently came across a small tasting group working their way through a selection of red wines. Some in the group seemed alike to a seasoned Glug customer, perfectly willing to abandon their usual supports of label and price and focus on 'what's in the glass'. There was a sense of adventure in the air.

Others struggled to adopt their companions' way of thinking, it appeared to go against every fiber of their being not to develop preconceptions of the wine in front of them before chancing a taste.
The winemakers, Benjamin and Greg, and I ask a lot of Glug customers as most of the support props that help you purchase have been removed. This makes it a big ask and requires a change in how you buy.

The rewards though are high and this weekend's eight offerings are as good as they come. Of particular note is the Oakley Adams which, for this weekend only, is down from $12.99 a bottle to $8.99.




Oakley Adams
Coonawarra
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This new release is simply fabulous and now I am trapped as it needs a higher than 10/10 value for money rating. I give a lot of our wines high value for money ratings as when compared to what similar dollars spent in a conventional liquor store would buy the ratings are true.

This wine was purchased a few years ago and was then left in oak. One of the oddities of wood ageing is that each barrel develops in its own way though most differences are small. These barrels, of which three were bottled, are a winemakers selection, as when blended they clicked together, the whole being better than the parts.

I think many of our customers will find the taste most appealing and it marries well with the traditional cooler climate Cabernet flavours you would expect. So please reflect on the oak and the four years of quiet slumber and how this has shifted the wine away from the exuberant aromas and flavours of youth. One case per order - thanks.

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Kitts Creek
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

This Kitts Shiraz is a great wine from a very special place, with winemaker Parker delivering far more than you would expect, or over-delivering as they say in the trade. Kitts Creek is in the far north of the Barossa Valley which is where the grapes also come from.

The creek in turn is named after the town of St Kitts which is on the northern lip of the valley, though the town is gone and the only residents live in the two, converted, original churches. Many good wines come from this region and an example is Thorn Clarke, a company with extensive vineyards near St Kitts and they regularly pick up trophies and golds.

While the Barossa Valley is remarkably even it does rise from south to north over 100 metres and the extra heat of the north is balanced by the cooler evenings and at times cooling breezes from the west.

What determines the flavours in your wine is complicated but whatever the reasons we are indeed blessed to be able to buy great wines like this for keen prices.

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Restless Farm
'The Bunny'
McLaren Vale
Shiraz 2015

The first release of the wines of Restless Farm was a Goat Shiraz 2008 from Padthaway. The range of animals has broadened but the idea remains which is to provide rich, deep Shiraz and Cabernets which emphasise, indeed push forward the fruit flavours-thus they offer lots of taste for a modest price.

There are many directions you can take the grape after harvest and the Restless wines by promoting fruit are not damped down by long fermentations with pips and skins and neither are they altered by maturation in new barrels or with oak chips.

To make this work you do need to use the fruit from warmer regions and Shiraz is the favoured variety. Smart and sophisticated are the Restless Farm wines and if we use one word to describe them they are ‘bright’. Bright is a term used in the tasting of tea where it is used as ‘the lifted taste that accentuates the good flavours of freshness’.

So ‘The Bunny’ is a smart, stylish, bright, vital, fruit driven wine which sings of the grape. That’s the way they do things down on the Restless Farm.

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Trennert Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
In world terms McLaren Vale is underrated or unknown, and by this I mean in comparison to regions like Bordeaux, exclusive enclaves of the Rhone Valley like Hermitage or Chateauneuf du Pape or Italian regions like Chianti. McLaren Vale belongs among these greats but I have no idea when this realisation will crystalise.

Vineyards began in 1840 and within 30 years wines were being exported to the UK but the long record does not equate with recognition though the lights have been brighter over the last few decades. Perhaps another 100 years will elapse before McLaren Vale is seen as an equal to the world’s big name regions.

I am though comfortable in saying that it is not a quality issue but as with so many new world regions a problem of perception. In the meantime as I think many Australian consumers know they are able to drink world class wines for a modest sum.

May I just say, please do not take this for granted but rather appreciate this as a bonus that you are smart enough to understand. This Trennert is an outstanding Shiraz offered at a modest price.

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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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Trennert McLaren Vale Grenache Rose 2016
McLaren Vale is now making a claim as the best region in Australia for Grenache. They may well be right though these claims highlight that several South Australian regions over the last decade have indeed mastered the art of making fabulous and complex reds from Grenache.

The raw material goes back a long way as 100 year old vines exist in McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley though the dry reds always seemed to be made as an after-thought and lacked depth of flavour and complexity.

The best in the 1960s and 1970s were those made into roses but were marred of course by high sugar content as the market was the drinker who enjoyed sweeter wines.

Now with a much firmer vision not only are great dry reds on the market but winemakers like Benjamin Parker are approaching Grenache as the natural variety to make the traditional pale coloured, very dry, rose style of Europe and particularly Southern France. When its right as this Trennert is they are very great styles.

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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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It's Back
A Box of Big Red Surprises


Trial Bins 537, 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


Trial Big Reds from the Adelaidean Project Mixed Dozen contains three bottles from four red trials:


Trial Bin 5640 'The Jackman' South Australia Red Blend No 2 NV
Trial Bin 537 The Adelaidean-Adelaide Hills Shiraz 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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