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On Two from the Cellar

Two from the Cellar with
Ultra High Value for Money Scores

The simple job of customers is to buy bargains when they appear as the more high scoring ‘value for money’ wines you have lying around the more you win. I hauled both of these out of the cellar as January is very quiet and we must keep sales humming along. There is not much stock so the usual limit of one case of each per order. You will not drink better.

Dolan Sobels & Hope
'Squatters Three'
Clare Valley Shiraz 2012

Yes we are based in the Barossa Valley but we do not wish to be identified as a Barossa producer rather as a producer-retailer of South Australian wines.

The Clare Valley was settled about the same time as the Barossa Valley and its important we show respect to this long history by building a wider selection.

The three foundation regions are the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley and while you will not find it easy to separate them in a masked tasting they do have individual characters developed by the climate-weather and differences in handling the fruit.

Benjamin has been sitting on this wine for some time, letting it develop in mature oak, and it’s a very good offer as four years maturation has brought out the best. This is a great bargain for January, 2018.

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Hope Farm
McLaren Vale
Grenache Shiraz 2013

This is what I have previously remarked: ‘I reviewed our portfolio of 20 Grenache wines on Monday 13th November, 2014 and rated the Hope Farm highly with my note saying ‘substantial’.

A recent tasting 21st March, 2017 confirms the original. The combination of Grenache and Shiraz works wonderfully and if you wish to start the adventure into Grenache this is the wine to buy.

When we released this wine I placed it on drinking alert such was my view and since then it has climbed higher.

Benjamin Parker worked on a wonderful parcel of Grenache and while it showed a wide range of interesting aromas and a fragrant and delicious palate decided the Grenache needed a bit more muscle and began adding Shiraz. At 42% they said this is the sweet spot and off it went to bottling. I loved the result and still do

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Wine is a discretionary spend so always look for those with a high value for money index.

What do you expect when you buy a box of wine? I think the question should be broader since shopping for everything, apart from luxury items, means looking for familiarity, assurances and value.

I’m told the heart of capitalism is shopping and thus spending which means retailers of all forms are tempting customers as we need to get the money from your pocket into ours as that’s the game.

So let’s start from basics:

1. Shopping for essentials such as food or objects means we tend to buy where the value for money ratio is OK which sends us to Woolworths and Bunnings.

2. Wine is not a basic necessity so it’s discretionary or a pleasure purchase. Eating out and drinking are also optional activities and I believe the ‘value for money’ ratios learnt shopping for essentials begin to break down.

Thus different clues about value are developed to spot the best discretionary deals though beware as personal choice readily gets clouded with outside opinions. That is what happens in the world of wine.

Which brings us to Glug as it stands outside the established system and offers few of the familiarities that help make up your value for money clues

Our job is to convince you Glug offers what you want, the scarce, high scoring, value for money ratio. Those who try our wines against others at the same price quickly see the difference.

Perhaps try the Wednesday special as they are examples of that elusive, high value for money rating being from familiar regions noted for making many, great wines.

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.

Next wine tasting date: Glug's next Sales and Wine Tasting Event will be held in February on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

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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Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

The 6th vintage we have released and any customer who has the full sequence will be richly rewarded. The first vintage was the 1969 and the wine was made by Kee Lyn for the Kies family.

I have drunk that wine and the 1973 and both were a pleasure. The winemaker Benjamin Parker and I revived the brand in 2004 though the first Shiraz was the 2008 vintage and customers who have purchased each vintage since are very fortunate and I think wise.

Being the Barossa Valley we are blessed with vintages that while variable make good and frequently great wines. The 2011 was difficult and did not appear as Karrawirra. Like the others this vintage comes from the same block farmed by Andy Kalleske in the northern Barossa.

This is a warmer and drier part of the Barossa yet the higher elevation brings cooler evenings and this creates subtle and complex differences. Followers of the brand will enjoy this vintage and cellaring is recommended.

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Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

The Goat is one of our special wines. The Barossa Valley is a small, rare, unique piece of the earths crust and only from this spot do you get red wines which display such a powerful and unusual concentration of mid palate weight. At times the fruit is so intense as to appear sweet a feature which can make wines which live for 50 years.

The Goat Square wines come from a group of vineyards in the northern Barossa and any that look more interesting and intense than others are separated for the Goat.

The wine is named after Goat Square which is an historic location in the centre of Tanunda which in the 1840s to 1860s was a weekend market place, particularly for livestock.

This is the 8th vintage and the second and final bottling of about 150 cases. The winemaker is Benjamin Parker and we refer to Goat Square as the salt of the earth.

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Big Red Mix No.14
from South Australia

A few alterations to No 13 means a change to No 14 though the highlight is still the Village Belle Mourvedre though in second place comes the Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the P. B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rather stout Ploughman. 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. 14 from South Australia Mixed Dozen contains one bottle each of the following wines:
Oakley Adams Padthaway Shiraz 2014
Cameron County 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
P. B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Light & Finniss Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red 2012
PB Burgoyne Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet 2011
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mouvedre 2014
Farmers & Growers 'Ploughman' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Shearers 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Telegraph Road South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

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