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Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Simply put this is one of the great Glug wines and purchase at this price is strongly recommended. Crying later for grown-up folk is embarrassing. Our McLaren Vale portfolio has been carefully selected but we have become lopsided with Barossa buyers and I’m determined to alter this. Today is the start. Limit one per order - thank you.

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Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Most if not all varieties make interesting wines across a wide range of climates. Many argue though that Cabernet Sauvignon achieves its most complex flavours in a maritime setting or near the sea. It is generally agreed that the best come from Bordeaux, France with similar complex styles being made from coastal locations at Margaret River and parts of Chile.

Like all generalities exceptions abound as we have Coonawarra, the Napa Valley of California and of course McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale is further south than Margaret River yet the Cabernets are fuller and riper teaching us that small shifts in temperature quickly move standards around.

This of course is why wine is such a wonderful beverage to study while consuming. McLaren Vale Cabernets over recent decades has won many trophies which is one of the main reason we offer so many. This is the last Cabernet inspired by Nicholas Bourke before he handed over the reins to Benjamin Parker. Limit one per order.

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Reinventing how we think will bring big changes in the wine business.

Australia bristles with technical wine knowledge which means the cask on special down at the local is a good deal, being tasty and free of faults.

Back in the 1940s and for a few more years companies protected their wine making secrets as they believed this gave them a commercial advantage. This has all been swept away in our digital age.

At all levels we drink better now and with smart inventions like screw caps you now get what you pay for, though I use the term in the narrowest sense, which is a wine free of basic faults.

The large drinks company Moet-Hennessey has recently released a new wine from China called Ao Yin for $500 a bottle. If you want to create a new luxury product it starts in the vineyard but where do you plant vineyards that will produce a unique wine? You turn to one of the best in the business, the Australian Tony Jordan, who found what was needed in the high Mekong Valley at 2600 metres.
Back at Glug the winemaker Benjamin has been doing a similar bit of lateral thinking by asking why do we do things this way?

Never bottle your own wine is the rule as specialists are needed to run the million dollar machines. This will likely remain true for the bottling of 100,000 cases of identical, factory wine but what about us?

A great coffee can now be made in the home as the machines were made smaller. Perhaps we can make a similar broad, sweeping change with immense benefits for our customers. We will see.

What I can alter today is how you drink over the next month as the Hope Farm McLaren Vale Cabernet will raise eyebrows at any table and at todays price you will weep if you miss out.

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.

Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

What's 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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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 crystallise.

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 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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Crayford 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 Worlds market place.

Back home today, however, you can drink this remarkable Shiraz at a most agreeable price.

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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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