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Crayford Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
You will go a long way back to find the Crayford at this price and my simple advice remains, always buy great Barossa Shiraz when offered at a bargain price. The Woolworths group (includes Dan Murphy) may have 50% of the liquor market but they do not have a special like this Crayford. Dealing direct with the wine maker makes it possible to buy bargains and pocket your gain for next time. No open slather just buy one case and we are happy. Thanks.

Rich and Full Flavoured

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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Third party endorsement on wines we leave to you and this keeps prices down.

As wine buyers we are influenced by the opinions of others. A few buyers read lots about wines though even if you don't it's likely you take note of medals on bottles or a good wine review.

Over the last 50 years the views of wine writers and show judges, compressed into tasting notes and scores, has become big business. How these opinions are used in selling I refer to as 'third party endorsements'.

So yes I think it's natural when buying wines to look for the comfort that comes from the opinion of others as it just might swing the purchasing odds in your favour.

Of course, if you seldom pay more than $20 and are happy with purchases under $10 I doubt it matters much what someone else thinks as the down side is minimal.

I suppose the sums change if you wish to buy regularly when the safest option, alas, becomes buying the same wine over and over.
It was with these thoughts in mind that we set up Glug in 2004. If we put together a wine-merchant and a wine-maker it would be possible to provide a wide variety of wine at low prices.

What's missing is the third part endorsement, though those who like to pass judgement gain recognition by dealing with high end expensive wines and we are of little interest to them. Also, our wines come and go quickly so it's pretty much left to you to act as the third party.

I guess it's worth remembering that both Benjamin and I have been at this business for a very long time and everything sold goes with our guarantee, a useful endorsement.

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.

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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Barossa Valley
Graciano Cabernet 2014

Warmth and the Barossa Valley go together and it makes sense to grow varieties which thrive in a similar climate. Recent arrivals from the warm, dry lands of Spain with a proven record are Graciano and Tempranillo.

Many European countries do not of course refer to varieties on labels however if you have ever drunk good Spanish reds it is highly likely you are already familiar with Graciano. Australian wine making tends to bring out a richer, plusher expression of a variety and so it is with this interpretation of the traditional Spanish red from lets imagine Rioja.

While adventurous growers will plant a few rows of new varieties it needs adventurous consumers to complete the loop.

There is a small core of these in Australia and many, thankfully purchase from Glug, though my long retail experience knows that pushing deeper into consumer land is hard.

Try this Crayford and I can assure you the location of the Barossa Valley with its rich style, swamps all varieties.

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Village Belle
Barossa Valley
Mourvedre 2014

The wine maker Benjamin Parker invented the Village Belle series of wine to focus on new and non-traditional varieties and alternative ways to present our old Barossa, heritage, vine stock.

The wines have the structure to keep and likely would surprise on the upside if cellared but they were created to emphasise aroma and freshness with the view that youthful tastes offer a pleasurable alternative.

With this Mourvedre the fruit is upfront and soft, has the same striking deep colour of the variety, but shows a plumpness that is not held in check with tough tannins.

Using a term like luncheon red tends to pigeon hole a wine but helps in understanding the direction taken. I strongly endorse the result and fulfils the thoughts we had when we began Glug which was to present interesting wines to a small group of consumers searching for an alternative wine merchant.

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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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