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Stockwell Creek Barossa Versus NEW Chapmans Crossing

Two Wednesday bargains, one cheap and brilliant the other top quality and frankly cheap as well. Now I know many customers can afford the best wines and have little interest in our budget offerings. However I want it known that the effort we put into budget wines is special news. When you buy the best Barossa Shiraz the hard work we put into the basics gets transferred to the best. What I have learnt over a long career is the reverse is unlikely since those making money at the top end do not understand this transfer down. Benjamin and I do not buy into this and delight at what can be achieved with a $6 red.

Stockwell Creek
Reserve Barossa Valley
Shiraz Durif 2013

The winemaker Benjamin excels with this new release.

For decade he has been studying the nuances of Durif and how it can add complexity to richly flavoured Barossa wines.

In this wine it sits in the background though Durif is of course a variety which can run out of control.

Keeping a tight rein on its influence is required and the thought grows that the ideal blends are with similar full flavoured varieties.

Durif as a blend with a mid-weight variety would be hard to make work as it wants to dominate.

Meaning it should be used with a light touch in blending with reds from cooler regions.

Thus I conclude that of all the varieties being experimented with in the Barossa Valley, Durif may be the most promising.

I know Benjamin will keep working with this variety and suggest a purchase to compare with releases in future years.

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Chapman’s Crossing
South Australian
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

I’m over the moon with this latest creation being a blend from our considerable stocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alert readers are aware that being able to see an opportunity for a smart red, take it to the tasting bench, and shortly after have it bottled at our winery premises is creating an amazing array of wonderful reds at all price points.

It began with Benjamin and Greg cleaning up all manner of odds and ends which had accumulated for years. Since then it has moved to making an array of reds in tiny quantities, careful to preserve the difference, which give our customers a constantly changing banquet, in a way that big wineries dealing in tens to hundreds of thousands of cases can never do.

The last Chapmans Crossing was made in 2011 and to give you an idea of what to expect is was a white and a blend of Semillon, Riesling and Chenin blanc from high altitude vineyards in the Hilltops, Canberra and Tumbarumba. So expect plenty of interest from this little bargain-red not white of course.

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Haberdashery becomes a department store as range and quality expands and prices come down.

Again the winemakers have knocked out a ripper red, the Chapmans Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon which I then grabbed for today’s promotion. I match it with the gorgeous Stockwell Creek which I will keep on special for another few days. Then the Stockwell is gone!

As a retailer I nosey into all types of shops to glean what customers find interesting. I love the downmarket term haberdashery, and still use it for those large general home goods outlets, like Kmart, Big W and Target. I was in Kmart at Batemans Bay after Xmas, my first visit for a long time, so I missed the revival of the chain over last decade, and I must say the merchandising looked pretty good.

I examined the kitchen gear and was staggered at the range and quality, of a type that years back had me travelling to the Essential Ingredient in Camperdown (Sydney). What has happened? Simply put China, which has made all things possible, even fancy cooking items, and at very low prices. Over a few years they simply reset what pots and pans are worth though to find such posh goods down in the ‘haberdashery’ of Kmart left me stunned.

Maybe, just maybe, a tad off the quality of the very best but do any of us really care. The other day I grabbed a kitchen whisk from Woolworths, price-two dollars, thank you.
You know where I’m going with this but I ask again, what it is you want from a bottle of wine?

Glug is not China but by selling direct, doing most things ourselves and having no need to promote brands means huge savings are generated. It is you know possible to re-set wine prices as times are a changing.

Haberdashery be damned, while the under-tone of my tag suggests, ‘dime a dozen’ stores, they have evolved with the might of China into pretty smart outfits. At least I now understand why Myer does not stand for much.

Glug takes inspiration from the high quality found in Kmart and channel this into a range of great bargain reds, like today's specials or as I say, the Stockwell is a bargain but up in price while the Chapmans Crossing is a bargain but down in price.

Well done the Glug winemakers.

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.

Kitts Creek
Barossa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I’m not a believer in the idea that each grape variety reaches some ideal of perfection within a narrow climate-weather range. Rather I see a broad range of flavours as best suited to the varied tastes of those who fancy good wine. I refer of course to the view that a cool, maritime climate brings out the best in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yet I have enjoyed Lakes Folly Cabernets and the best of the Clare Valley and the Barossa Valley and the more variety the better, from warm or cool regions. Of course you must try Bordeaux, Coonawarra, and Margaret River but I have no doubt that a Barossa Valley Cabernet is also a great wine.

I have fond memories of Penfolds Barossa Cabernets, those from the Wolf Blass premium colour range, and startling mature Orlando Cabernets from the 1950s. Thus when given the chance to take a few tonnes of Cabernet from 2015 we leapt at the opportunity to increase our holdings. The result is this fabulous wine, plush and fruity and dripping with intense flavours-how can you go wrong.

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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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Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

Whats new to say about Barossa Shiraz? Fortunately quite a lot as Barossa Shiraz is both the beauty and the beast and while you have been happily enjoying the virtues of Barossa reds you may be surprised to find many think this way; ‘Fifteen years ago, if anyone asked me to define Australian wine..

Barossa shiraz would have been the answer. But the style of Barossa shiraz that rallied back then—jammy, huge, marked by the pungent herbal notes of American oak—is also what brought on a sort of global fatigue with Australia ..and.. just what [should] the Barossa offer the world.

Quite clearly, what it does well now—grow a lot of very ripe and uninteresting shiraz and cabernet, much of it going to Australia’s wine conglomerates—is neither sustainable nor particularly relevant as tastes evolve'.

So there you have it, though I serenely sail on and with bold confidence recommend Parkers new Bengalee. As the great Len Evans would have said to the writer, ‘I’m glad you do not like the wine as it means more for me.

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Adelaide Hills
Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This Stratus is the third release from the same source in the Adelaide Hills, a high altitude vineyard above the town of Woodside. To bring out the best of Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool climate and to get this coolness in Australia requires elevation or a southern cool region like Tasmania.

Around 1978 New Zealand released the cool tasting Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying, river terraces of Marlborough, located at the northern end of the South Island. At this time little was grown in Australia but gradually the plantings expanded.

The wines from low lying land, even when close to the cooling ocean are not as complex as those from the higher altitude vineyards. At this stage some of the best come from the Adelaide Hills and in this large region I think the ‘best of the best’ come from the region near Woodside called the Basket Range.

Differences in climates and winemaking methods from each region means those from Adelaide Hills have similarities and differences to those from New Zealand. With the Stratus you will discover a steelier, tight complexity when compared to these fruitier wines.

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Barossa Valley Rose 2016

Wine begins as confusing and ends up simple. I’m now at the simple stage. If it tastes good and the price is right I will enjoy it. Everything else makes little sense and its only how long the journey takes you, that will be the issue. Which brings me to Barossa Valley rose.

I have been attracted to the style for many decades but found few that fitted my expansive viewpoint which has a narrow definition. In a nutshell the wines were too sweet and too expensive. The Barossa Valley was also used for many decades to make popular styles like Kaiser Stuhl Gold Medal Rose and in the process the craftsmanship got lost.

It's back with a wine like the Kaldukee which was made from the best Cinsault to offer a point of difference. Note this is not like a chilled white with a bit of pink colouring, it’s the real deal and worth every penny.

To hammer home the simple point we are not interested in making a coloured, crisp, cold alternative to sauvignon blanc but an alternative taste without much skin contact-though the wine should be served chilled.

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P.B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz (second bottling) 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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Big Red Mix No.15 100% from South Australia

We move on to the No.15 with plenty of highlights though I still favour the Village Belle Mourvedre which is still with us though in second place comes the Langdorf Barossa Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the Trennert McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rish, full flavoured Kitts Creek Cabernet. 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.

Glug BIG RED Mix No.15
Contains one bottle each of the following wines:

Langdorf Barossa Valley Grenache 2013
Oakley Adams Padthaway Shiraz 2014
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Langdorf 'Kaldukee' Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Light & Finniss South Australia Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red Blend 2012
Borderland Estates 'Bush Telegraph' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mourvedre 2014
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra 5th Bottling Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
P.B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Shearers Lament 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Telegraph Road South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013

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