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June Premium Shiraz Mix

All four of the South Australian shiraz nestled in this mixed dozen are excellent quality and a pleasure to open at your table. This shiraz combination journeys from the full, rich deep McLaren Vale Hopcroft and Cornock to the high country flavours of the Ariadne and on up to the Barossa Valley .. and it's a journey worth taking as it won't be repeated. Make no mistake, I'm suggesting that you rise to the occasion today as this offer won't last beyond midnight.

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June Premium Shiraz Mix

This mix contains three each of the following Shiraz, gems carefully tended by the winemaker Benjamin Parker:

Karrawirra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
P. B. Burgoyne Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Hopcroft & Cornock McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015
Ariadne Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2013

I comfortably recommend all of the wines as I was around when they were made. For $99 you get 12 brilliant hand-made wines direct from the makers. A bottle of each purchased today from the site would cost $119.88 - this means a once off saving of $20.88 today.
    Alas only one mixed box per customer order.

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We sell wines made by Benjamin Parker and Greg Liebelt
which preserve the difference as only small batch lots can.

The winemaker Benjamin Parker has found his calling making wines from the warm climate regions of South Australia. Shiraz and Cabernet are the essentials for the tool kit and to these are added the heritage varieties of Grenache and Mataro.

As well he takes in all manner of other varieties with the selection process being, if it tastes good it is likely to be purchased, even when it’s unfamiliar, such as the Bonvedro which appeared as a Village Belle.

Since I have known Benjamin he has been excited by Durif, an unusual French variety which found its way to Rutherglen, Victoria, in the early 1900s. In the Australian warm, dry climate regions Durif shows exceptional promise and as a small amount is grown in the Barossa Valley he had to have some. Thus the first Brutus Shiraz Durif appeared from the 2008 vintage while this year the first 100% Durif was released as Crayford.
At the heart of Glug are our offers of quality, 10/10 value for money, big, rich reds and we spend a lot of time searching for them. That you can buy such original flavours from $4 to $25 shows that we are blessed.

The winemaker is correct to point out this matters for nought if customers are not drinking the wines. I've collected four sensational favourite reds into a mixed dozen and selected a few more below that I want you to taste. May I suggest filling a case up with a few of our Trial Bin reds?

So here it is - a special one day offer of the June Premium Shiraz mixed dozen, priced to get them on your table though they will keep for years should you wish. Alas the offer is limited to one case of the mix per order and please, drink up.

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.

Trial Bin 542 South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
We make wine from Barossa Valley fruit while the rest of our wines from South Australia we take in bulk from people we like.

These we store at the winery in the Barossa. To make the most of the opportunities we spot we began Red Trials in 2015 which blend parcels from vineyards arrayed along the Mount Lofty-Adelaidean Range which covers about 300 kilometres in length.

Developing flexibility on regions and varieties we believe will allow us to offer keenly priced reds in a manner that is not easy when the rules dictate a wine as Barossa Valley Shiraz or McLaren Vale Cabernet.

I hasten to add we endorse label integrity as it helps protect customers interests but we ask what if we want to sell you a wine made from parcels separated by hundreds of kilometres.

This Trial Bin 542 is an example and I call it Cabernets as it has a base of Cabernet Sauvignon and some Merlot among other varieties and is from regions well apart but all from along the range I call the Adelaidean.

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Barossa Valley
Shiraz Durif 2013

The blending of these two varieties works well and the reason we are into our fifth release is because we are now very confident of this statement. Those who can afford long term cellaring will be rewarded. The releases of Brutus have been:

Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2008 100 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2009 102 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2010 125 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2012 137 cases
Brutus Barossa Valley Shiraz Durif 2013 103 cases

As with previous vintages the Durif component is less than the Shiraz at about 40%. We know the capabilities of Barossa Valley Shiraz as after all many vintages of Penfolds Grange have been over 90% Barossa Valley Shiraz but the revelation has been how well it marries with Durif. Durif arose in France but found its ideal home in Australia as what it needs is a warm to hot ripening spell and no rain. This Brutus is a great wine and in years ahead will become one of those to decant and then spring on guests as a surprise and a reward. Benjamin made 103 cases.

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Princeland Watch
Limestone Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The south-eastern corner of South Australia is known as the Limestone Coast.

It extends from the Victorian border west to the mouth of the Murray River. I know the country well and the beaches on a warm, gentle day are paradise.

Mostly though the winds from the great mega Southern Ocean sweep this country and lets just say it is bracing. The attraction for vineyards is this cooling aspect and a range of interesting wines come from Robe-Mount Benson, Mount Gambier and more famous regions like Coonawarra and Padthaway.

We find very good value in the reds offered from this region and these we hold in mature oak and when stocks have built make a blend which is released under the Princeland brand. We have been pleased with our last few releases and again strongly recommend the 2015 as you get a lot of complex flavours for a modest price.

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Village Belle
Barossa Valley
Bonvedro 2016

When we imagined the new business Glug back 2003 we wanted to support old established varieties which had not gained favour like Mataro and Grenache plus have a range of lesser known or new varieties.

The Village Belle range allows the winemaker to fulfil both of these aims though to date has concentrated on making wines from new and rare varieties or in the case of Bonvedro a surprise discovery.

We now know that Bonvedro has been growing in the Barossa Valley for a very long time having been miss-identified as Carignan. Doubts had been expressed by a visiting expert in the 1970s and recent genetic testing has shown that some Carignan is actually the Portuguese and Spanish variety Bonvedro.

Over the last few years we have been working with Grenache to achieve a complex, sappy, fresh red style to appeal at lunch and in the afternoon. This Bonvedro follows this search and we think is best consumed when young, lively and vibrant but it is Barossa so you will get ample complex flavours.

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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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Big Red Mix No.13
from South Australia

To display some of our new wines the Big Red Mix rolls over to No 13. The highlights are many but the Village Belle Mourvedre will thrill as will the Crayford Shiraz which is a blockbuster Barossa. However as we love our Grenache the best wine is likely the Hope Farm Grenache. 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. 13 from South Australia Mixed Dozen contains one bottle each of the following wines:
Auld & Burton South Australia Shiraz Grenache 2012
Cameron County 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
Blockies South Australia Barossa Valley Shiraz Mataro 2012
The Diviner South Australia Shiraz Grenache Cabernet 2012
Light & Finniss Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red 2012
P. B. Burgoyne Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet 2011
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mouvedre 2014
Farmers & Growers 'The Ploughman' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Shearers 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

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A Box of Big Red Surprises

Trial Bins 510, 541, 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, 541, 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 541 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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