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Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013
I have reported on two occasions that the wine maker yells at me when sales slip, or as he explains it 'get the bloody wines on the kitchen table' – and – 'stop fluffing around'. I feel another burst coming on so a bit of ducking and weaving has me reduce this wonderful Adelaidean red to this VERY LOW PRICE! There is not much left so please limit yourself.

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Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013

We make wine from Barossa Valley fruit plus we buy wines in bulk made by others. Generally these come 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.

Of course we endorse label integrity as it helps protect customer's 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 the range I call the Adelaidean.

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As wine makers and merchants it is a pleasure to produce the best value for money wines we can.

The job is done and the landscape of Australian wine will not alter much in the future. A few new spots will be planted but all the climatic zones of the country are now covered. Yes new varieties will appear but such a wide diversity exists that little more is needed. What will continue to alter is how you buy your wine. This is the new frontier for consumers because if you shift from the buying patterns you have learnt you can obtain better value meaning you drink better and cheaper.

The great hurdle to clamber over to bring you to the other side is equating wine quality with price. Just yesterday I read and perhaps you did as well, that a humble red sold by Coles liquor for $6 won awards at a local wine show.

Similar awards to cheap wines has been happened for as long as I have been in the wine business and they make a vital point; relating price with quality is tenuous.
The problem is without an endorsement such as the Double Gold medal won by the Coles; the perception the previous week, to all customers, made it just another cheap, red. Understanding this is the hurdle you must learn to jump. Your journey is to develop the skills to give you the confidence to make your own discoveries.

Of course I'm here to blow the Glug trumpet by arguing, we can do this for you. My working life as a wine merchant gives me special skills while the wine maker Benjamin is keenly tuned to making 90+ pointed wines for well under $10.

Does paying $50 for a bottle said by experts to rate 95 points really make sense?

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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.

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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'West Winds'
McLaren Vale
Chardonnay 2014

These days the winemaker Benjamin Parker travels down to McLaren Vale once a week to visit wineries as we never stop hunting for bargains.

All wineries have a barrel or a tank of something to sell and if we love the wine it then is all about the price. Sometimes you agree sometimes not.

About nine months ago we were able to buy an extensive mixed lot of Chardonnay and this Trennert is one of those. McLaren Vale like all our regions has many sub-regions but the prime reason for the flavours is the seaside location; so the cool of the ocean meets the heat of the inland.

Many agree that the Barossa Valley is lesser for Chardonnay as it lacks this cooling of the ocean. Thus you will find flavours which are riper than those of the Adelaide Hills but far cooler than those of the Barossa. This is a sensational all-purpose white at a magical price.

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Farmers & Growers
South Australia
Classic Dry Red 2013

The Ploughman is 100% from premium regions of South Australia from the large sweep of vineyards grown between the Southern Flinders and Kangaroo Island. I have little doubt that this is one of the great wine region on earth.

We buy parcels of wine every vintage and these accumulate over many vintages to become our precious reserves or holdings of bulk wine. From this stock we blend wines that are special for the prices asked.

This Ploughman then represents these discoveries of wines we think were undervalued in the market place The Ploughman contains a large percentage of Cabernet but also other varieties and the flavour has been lifted with a small amount of wine from younger vintages.

We want deep colours and full flavours as that is our style while the hard part is to add some mystery to the taste and this is often found by the addition of a less common variety such as Mataro or an Italian variety. We made just over 100 cases.

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Shearers Lament
'The Bluey'
Adelaidean Dry Red 2011

If you want value for money well here it is. I got great satisfaction in watching this wine being composed over several months. We had the building blocks of Shiraz and Cabernet from many South Australian premium regions so the base was easy but then the object is to build up further interest and complexity and this is done with other varieties and regions.

It is also where we go to the pantry looking for the sauce selections as tiny amounts shift the palate even further. Thus we had purchased a big, heavy Grenache which had far to much oak and it became the sauce Ben added.

Note large companies do what we do but at this price point the minimum make would be 100,000 cases. We made 297; why the great shearer Jackie Howe took the wool from more sheep than that in one magnificent day.

Also note since this is a blend of many regions I have coined the term Adelaidean for reds made with wines from the Clare to Currency Creek.

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P. B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 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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Telegraph Road
South Australia
Classic Dry Red 2013

Early Telegraphs date back to 2006 though the first of the Telegraph Roads was a 2009 vintage.

Back in my shop retailing days I was the first to see the appeal in richly flavoured, bargain priced reds and did much to build consumer awareness for Penfolds Koonunga Hill, Yalumba Galway Claret and many, many others. Thus we put a lot of effort into these styles of wines and now that Benjamin Parker is the winemaker in charge they are getting better and better.

We discovered a Cabernet, made by a famous winemaker with vast Coonawarra experience, several months ago and found it blended nicely with our stocks. On the tasting bench the wine stood out and was instantly pulled forward - as you do, (poor wines are pushed back).

The focus then is on the blend which is from many premium regions but all South Australian with a high percentage from Langhorne Creek. The result is excellent. Rated 10/10 on my value for money index.

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100% Barossa Valley Shiraz Mix

The Ultimate Premium Barossa
Mixed Pack of Shiraz

This Barossa pack is a good collection and it will prove a joy to select from 'at random' when you crave something a bit special. The Barossa Valley is our most famous wine region but if you would like a test, walk into any bottle shop and ask to see the range of 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz (please note just Barossa is not the same thing). You will be surprised and if they have one or two you will then be surprised by the price.
Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Goat Square 'Reserve' Ziegenmarkt Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Langdorf Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Karrawirra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Goat Square Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Bengalee Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
Karrawirra 'Single Vineyard' St Kitts Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
Stockwell Creek 'Basket Pressed' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Restless Farm 'The Pig' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
P. B. Burgoyne 'Reserve' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
Stockwell Creek 'Reserve' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014

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Big South Australian Reds

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 542, 5640, 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 542, 541, 5210, 5110 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
This special contains three bottles from four early red trials:

Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013
Trial Bin 541 South Australia Dry Red 2012
The South Australian Bin 5210 Dry Red Blend No.2 N.V.
Trial Bin 5640 The Jackman Red Blend No.2 N.V.

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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