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Big Red South Australia
Ultra Bargains

Trennert West Winds McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Auld and Burton Adelaidean Shiraz Grenache 2012

An either or choice as in my value for money scale they are a dead heat. Interesting and rich with lots to mull over as you drink is not bad for these prices. We never make big quantities of anything, others can play that game, so no more than a case of each per order.

Trennert West Winds McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The grading of wine is an art and while those selling are after the highest price and those buying want the lowest price they also have different agendas so what the wine finally sells for is not a simple line joining quality with price.

The West Winds is 100% McLaren Vale and shows what we are good at which is discovering wines we can sell at prices not found in wine shops. All regions make thousands of batches of wines of many grades.

In McLaren Vale the well known names release the best of the best at prices well over $25. It's the spread from $25 down which interests us and by selling directly quite interesting wines can be offered at low prices.

We use the West Winds brand for these wines and I recommend this excellent day to day Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Auld and Burton Adelaidean 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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Pleasure and price are proven to go together but thrift can create this as well.

'According to brain imaging done during the tastings, the subjects 'pleasure centres' light up more actively as they taste the more expensive wine.'

Is that all there is? That we don't know what we are doing and simply like wines that cost the most.

I reflect on price a lot. If you are handed a glass of Penfolds Grange or Hill of Grace you are likely to agree it is beautiful wine as the pressure, the expectations, are to great to suggest otherwise. And in any case the wines are good.

Different thing when you are stopped in the street and someone asks, what do you think of this and no clues are offered.

Still I think there is a great deal of common sense shown by those who like wine but have avoided becoming fanatics or know alls.

I noted on the Dan Murphy website that the Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz, a staple discount favourite is back at the price it was in the late 1990s. At this time I was consulting to the Karedis family, owners of Theos Liquor, Sydney, and our regular discount price was $11.99 versus Dans price today of $11.33 for a six pack.
Back to where it was 20 years ago, so getting the pleasure centres in the brain to light up means the price must be well over $20 and to hazard a guess it may be over $100. This suggests the 'pleasure centre' light is hard to turn on.

I believe our common sense shopper knows what's happening. For them the brain lights up when that extreme bargain creates excitement as it drifts across the palate. The pleasure of winning.

I think Glug make extreme bargains all the time though I call them ultra bargains. Try the two sitting below $7, or spend a bit more if you are in a happy mood.

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.

Hope Farm
McLaren Vale
Shiraz 2013

This is a great wine and will fulfil its destiny if you can allow it to age.

A great friend of Glug in McLaren Vale, Nicholas Bourke, located this wine for us in February 2014.

By all of my measures it is a great, sweeping giant of a thing so it went to bottle a month later as the Hope Farm Pitches Reserve, only the second Pitches we have released.

I can tell you every detail about this wine though of utmost importance is the single vineyard origin from the premium McLaren Vale sub-region of Blewitt Springs.

When you consider that the largest selling premium Shiraz is the Pepperjack from South Australia, made in vast volume, from multiple sites, I find it very easy to recommend the Hope Farm as far better value.

As time rolls on the Pitches will increase its lead over most rivals. Buying at the farm-gate brings rewards for Glug customers.

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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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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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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, 5640, 5210, 566 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
This special contains three bottles from four red trials:

Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013
Trial Bin 566 South Australia Rich Dry Red 2013
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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