Drinking Younger Whites And Reds Brings Big Rewards
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Heritage Blends from the 1860s (6 x 6)

Benjamin wants to bring customers closer to the winemaking and the decisions he makes and for a few months now has been releasing tiny volumes of wines under the Glug label. From my perspective nothing like the quality of these two, for this price, can exist in any wine store in Australia. Likely the important benefit of shopping at Glug. Both are fabulous wines and will appear later as Goat Square, Kitts Creek or Crayford; the winemaker is still undecided. Limit of one mixed case per order.



Heritage Blends from the 1860s (6 x 6)

Two Parker creations which are just fabulous. I tend to drink wines younger than older as the glories of fresh-ripeness all to often evolve into undistinguished, dead-flatness. I can think of nothing better than drinking both of these regularly. Note both are premium quality and are offered so customers can be more involved in our thinking-production processes. The Barossa was settled in 1842 though vineyards only became widespread from the 1860s to 1880s. You get six of each in the box. Limit of one mixed case per customer.

Each mix contains 6 bottles of each of the following two wines:

Glug Calcutta Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache 2016
Glug Switch Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz 2016


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Younger rather than older tastes may turn your notions of
wine on its head but that’s what the facts tell me.


In general I prefer the fresh tastes of youth for pretty well all reds having found the occasional jackpot of a cellared red (10 plus years) is far outweighed by the deterioration of the others with cellaring time.

There are many reasons and here are a few:

1. As regular drinkers buying day to day know most wines are ready to drink upon release. Indeed, not surprisingly, most purchases are drunk within a few days. Would these be even better if kept for a few years or longer? No, they will alter of course but the few that improve will be outweighed by the rest that lose the bloom of youth and acquire a taste which in my view is less pleasant.

2. Even better wines that cost a lot may not improve with cellaring. Indeed only a tiny number will be improving after 10 years. My astonishing and disturbing discovery from decades of tasting verticals-a tasting of the same wine that goes back say 30 vintages-and reading the descriptions of others is that younger wines get higher scores. Even the experts favour younger wines; not the current vintage but say five years back from the current release.

3. Now for the really bad news. The greatest cellared wines, 50 to +100 years old, ever opened came from the dungeons of Scottish castles. Your cellar in most locations in Australia is too warm. For the gains of a few you will be drinking many that have prematurely aged.
On the Easter weekend I had a sumptuous Tollana TR16 Eden Valley Shiraz 1998, from a miserable standard bottle with a short cork. Back then Tollana was a failing brand so cost cuts were in order and this wine would not have cost much. A cellar in the coolish Eden Valley and a fabled vintage did the rest so for those with a decent place to house wine, keep at it as that single reward will make you smile.

Thus I prefer you to drink most the Glug red creations over the next five years. The best, if the vintage is great, will bring rewards, but only if you have a cool to cold cellar.

Which brings me to todays special which is about the glorious taste of youthful, premium Barossa reds as created with Grenache additions. These wines may be slurped; though I have just read slurp can also mean; ‘To overly admire another individual. Usually sarcastic, it is used to notify and embarrass the 'slurper' who is highly regarding or adoring the other person. Can be used if one person is good friends with another person too.

Goodness me, please pass The Switch.


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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.




Six More For Wednesday



Kincraig
Limestone Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The maritime influence of the Great Southern Ocean washes far inland making it perfect for Cabernet to shine. Good crops and little interest spells bargains.

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Oakley Adams
Padthaway
Shiraz 2014

We continue to discover our best value reds in the south-east corner of South Australia called the Limestone Coast. A great drink.

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Old Moppa
Barossa Valley
Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Nothing in the big chains can beat this offer. Indeed no retailer has anything like the equivalent.

Blending varieties is common and done well the different tastes can complement each other and provide a more complex drink. This is a complex interesting wine at a bargain price. The limit is one case of each per order.

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P. B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz (second bottling) 2015

I check conventional newspaper advertisements and on-line operators regularly and nothing equals the value for money offered by this Burgoyne.

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Crayford
Barossa Valley
Grenache 2015

How was the 2015 vintage? Well the weather over the ripening period is perfectly captured in the Crayford as we set out to make the wine with minimal winery interference. For example it was only matured in aged French oak as new oak would take from the intense, fresh flavours.

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Knotts
Adelaide Hills
Chardonnay 2017

This Knotts is a very special Chardonnay with the fineness and gentleness of the flavour coming from free run juice of very high quality.

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South Australian All Red Selection Series No.1

I put together this mixed dozen to show that under $7 we have a range of hand made, individual reds which for many customers will be all they need. Wines come and go quickly at Glug as making huge amounts and smothering vintage differences is not our way.
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The Big Red Mix No.16

This is our longest running mixed dozen because it is the most popular. It provides a balance between expensive varieties and our more general favourites plus provides a saving on buying the dozen bottles separately. A real Glug winner.
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