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It's Over - Final Day
Barossa Magic

It's All Over ~ Last Day

Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
It was not a good idea to offer out best Barossa Shiraz special for many a year on Good Friday. Too much else was happening; thus to my surprise there is enough stock to repeat as this Monday's Big Red, though this is it. Stock up and enjoy as this will be your best red drinking over the next few months.

Rich and Full Flavoured

Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

The winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a brilliant job with this Barossa Shiraz. That we can drink such riches for such a modest sum shows how blessed we are as wine consumers.

For good reason Barossa Shiraz is the most important wine made in Australia. Shiraz of course thrives in the Australian climate and is associated globally with the country.

Historically the first regions cultivated were in the warm climates though it was not till the 1950s that the real significance of warm climate Shiraz began to be recognised.

As vintage passed to vintage it was in turn apparent that regions like the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale were blessed with some extra climatic influence which lifted the resulting wines above the pack.

As the decades role on it will be much more than Penfolds Grange that shines in the World's market place. Back home today however you can drink this remarkable Shiraz at a most agreeable price.

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Not all $6.99 wines are the same as ours are hand made by Benjamin Parker plus they are from small regional areas.

I have mentioned the game has changed by which I refer to how goods are retailed compared to 20 years ago.

The changes set off by the digital revolution and creating digital commerce have a long way to run and while this erodes 100 years of building exactly what will appear is still not known.

However it cannot be argued that all these years buying a bottle of wine was hard or that customers were not given a choice or that the prices were unfair.

No, the problem was that at one end the producers tried to rort the system by controlling the supply e.g. Southcorp-Fosters Wine-Treasury while at the other end, the chain retailers e.g. Woolworths-Coles, attempted the same by owning the retail outlets.

Both of these ends have now lost control and whatever evolves will be better for consumers.

Large companies selling to large retail chains does cap prices but for wine it comes at a cost as the amount made of each wine is huge and huge means a sameness of taste, year in and year out.

We decided to tackle this head-on.
You actually can make hand-made wine in tiny volumes which sell for supermarket prices but you must sell directly to customers. All the wonderful diversity of each vineyard region can be preserved though small volumes mean costs go up.

However costs then come down as the historic distribution and sales method creates expensive sales representatives, brand managers, company cars, perks, management hierarchies, and lots of well paid executives. To be frank people are expensive.

Thus all $6.99 wines are not the same and comments like 'you get what you pay for' are now invalid.

OK today's special costs a bit more than $6.99 but no old style shop in Australia offers the value of the Crayford, a hand-made Barossa Valley Shiraz, for $8.75 a bottle.

When you shop with Glug you must reset your value for money dial.

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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.

A note to Glug customers: The Glug site is now censored and the black bars cover prohibited words. The story which began on August 17th is now posted on Glug with more to follow (click on the top banner). Thank you.

Barossa Valley
Durif 2014

Like many consumers my impressions of Durif came from Rutherglen where the Durif variety was first planted in 1908.

It was never a regular drink but at times when I felt like a concentrated red with body weight, no better variety exisits, and then out it came.

The Australian wine business is rich and complex not only with its many vineyard regions but also with the thousands of enterprises and winemakers all working to accomplish their best.

It seems to me most have a side project investigating how lesser known varieties perform in their locality.

Thus Durif has expanded far from Rutherglen and now many Barossan winemakers work with the variety. Winemaker Parker made it the strong background note in his first Brutus Shiraz Durif 2008, though this Crayford is the first 100% varietal we have released. Lovely wine and will look good on your dinner table.

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Goat Square
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

'Does any other wine delight like Barossa Shiraz with its sweet, deep middle core.'

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 we have released and the first bottling of 260 cases. The winemaker is Benjamin Parker. This Shiraz is what the Barossa is about and we refer to Goat Square as the salt of the earth.

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Auld and Burton
Shiraz Grenache 2012

Our Adelaidean project is now a reality and for these reds we use less favoured varieties such as the Italians, Grenache, Mataro and numerous other odds and sods to make an appealing field blend.

The twist to make this possible is that wines may be sourced from regions as far apart as the Clare Valley, Adelaide Plains, Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and even Kangaroo Island.

With less emphasis on the variety and the region and more on the taste and price, all manner of possibilities have emerged. Here is the third release from this interesting project.

In this case we have dipped into a large reserve purchased years ago of wines from 2012. There are only two varieties, though the final composition is from many regions.

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Big Red Mix No.12
from South Australia

To display some of our new wines the Big Red Mix rolls over to No 12. The highlights are many but the blockbuster Goat Square will thrill as will the Barbarossa. Yet the sleeper is the cleanskin McLaren Vale Cabernet which comes from a few cases left over after the labels ran out. If you purchased the 12 bottles as singles you will pay dollars more so it's a very good deal. Though as I said with the first, the joy is not the price or the saving but what is in each bottle.

Big Red Mix No. 12 from South Australia Mixed Dozen contains one bottle each of the following wines:
Dolan Sobels and Hope Pioneer Growers and Vignerons 'Squatters Three' Clare Valley Shiraz 2012
Cameron Country 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
P. B. Burgoyne Adelaide hills Merlot Caberenet 2011
P. B. Burgoyne Wrattonbully Cabernet 2013
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet 2013
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Albion Hills Langhorne Creek Cabernet 2013
Barbarossa 'The Valley' Blend Barossa Valley 2013
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Crayford Barossa Valley Grenache 2013
Langdorf Kaldukee Barossa Valley Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012
Cleanskin Remainder McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014

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A Box of Big Red Surprises

Trial Bins 510, 508, 5210, 5110 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
The story so far has taken us from experiments or trial bin reds 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 very good buying at $64 so I again draw your attention to this value.

Trial Big Reds from the Adelaidean Project

Trial Bins 510, 508, 5210, 5110 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
This special contains three bottles from four early red trials:

Trial Bin 510 Adelaidean Range Cabernet Merlot 2013
Trial Bin Bin 508 South Australia Dry Red 2012
The South Australian Bin 5210 Dry Red Blend No.2 N.V.
Trial Bin 5110 Adelaidean Range-South Australia Big Dry Red 2013

These Red Trials are made from premium regions along the lengthy, rocky arc which joins the Clare Valley to Kangaroo Island and includes the Barossa-Eden Valleys, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. This great sweep of vineyard country is as exciting as any large region on the Globe and may well be the best of them all. We refer to this wine country as the Mount-Lofty-Adelaidean range.

Great wines have been produced since the red wine trials of the 1950s by Max Schubert showed us the way. The object is to bring together wines of several varieties from many regions and produce a blend at a low price which we will call the Adelaidean. The first has gone to bottling. These wines are experiments we bottled in 2016. They are authentic, regional wines made by us and as a mixed pack offer outstanding value.

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