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Big Red Friday Mixed Dozen

Big Red Friday Mixed Dozen

The drinking satisfaction from well made, warm climate wines using Shiraz is special. From the world's best region, the Barossa Valley, the best are exceptional, and you can expect to pay over $15 for a starting wine. I'm sure you know the taste I'm talking about; so the Friday Mix closely duplicates this ideal at the lowest price possible. You also save $32.88 if the wines were purchased separately.
Today only and a limit of one per order.

Big Red Friday Mixed Dozen

For this Friday's Big Red Mix I wanted wines which had mid palate density. That ripeness and weight which is almost sweet with intensity was the goal, but meeting of course my value for money equation. The four I have selected go close to the $15 ideal of a good Barossa Shiraz and have enough of the right, deep, satisfying flavours to have you reaching for another glass. Buy today and you will save $32.88 on the single bottle price.

You will receive three bottles of the following four wines:
Bengalee Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Oakley Adams Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
Oakley Adams Padthaway Shiraz 2014
Restless Farm 'The Goat' Padthaway 2014

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At Glug we like rich mid palate density in a red but this never comes cheaply.

The attraction of the most famous Australian wines like Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, and a famous region like the Barossa Valley is the density of palate weight that the wines show.

Is it possible to obtain that taste at a lower price? was the challenge the winemaker Benjamin and I set ourselves back in 2004.

The quest for me went back further as I had purchased many bargains that had a resemblance to these great wines. For example in my days working with a large retailer in Sydney I found this ripe mid palate in carefully selected reds from the NSW region of Griffith.

They were best when aged in oak which added to the cost but were cheap enough and sold well. The great Wolf Blass used to often say, 'no wood no good.'

Strange to admit now but during the time in Sydney I did not explore enough the potential of the Barossa Valley the heartland for this style of wine.

Well we have arrived but the Barossa is popular for obvious reasons and the laws of supply and demand apply.
Looking further afield we like what we find from Langhorne Creek, and Padthaway. Wrattonbully can be good as can warm years in Coonawarra. Bordertown is good but plantings are small, and we like Heathcote but are yet to break our duck and areas around the town of Great Western have the right flavours.

Plus we are experimenting with our Trial Bins which use less popular varieties than Shiraz with some success.

Note that dense, robust reds cannot be made cheaply, selling at say $5 or $6, and any you find will have additions, particularly grape sugar which disguises all manner of harshness.

The Friday Big Red Mixed Dozen shows you the best of value for money reds which display this mid palate weight. As will a current favourite the Oakley Adams Coonawarra as the wine has a delightful chocolate woody character from a long time in oak.

Oakley Adams
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This new release is simply fabulous and now I am trapped as it needs a higher than 10/10 value for money rating. I give a lot of our wines high value for money ratings as when compared to what similar dollars spent in a conventional liquor store would buy the ratings are true.

This wine was purchased a few years ago and was then left in oak. One of the oddities of wood ageing is that each barrel develops in its own way though most differences are small. These barrels, of which three were bottled, are a winemakers selection, as when blended they clicked together, the whole being better than the parts.

I think many of our customers will find the taste most appealing and it marries well with the traditional cooler climate Cabernet flavours you would expect. So please reflect on the oak and the four years of quiet slumber and how this has shifted the wine away from the exuberant aromas and flavours of youth. One case per order - thanks.

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Restless Farm
'The Pig'
Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2015

'There’s gold in them thar hills' did not come true for South Australia although they did work an alluvial river flat not far from the Barossa Valley town of Lyndoch which is known as the Barossa Goldfields.

The real gold has come of course with the recognition of the Barossa Valley as a unique, world class, wine region. Finding another place just like the Barossa is unlikely as while vines will spring up in many new locations my perusal of the global geography shows the location is unique.

Barossa Valley Shiraz is a world class drink and when well priced is a must buy. The range of Restless Farm wines dates back to the 2008 vintage with the first being The Goat from Padthaway of 40 cases. The other animals down on this strange farm are the Goose, the Elephant, the Camel and the Bunny.

As expected The Pig is stout, round and soft and to bring you up to date two real Bershires called Crackle and Pop have been purchased and are growing quickly. Commence drinking now though this Restless Farm Shiraz will mature over many years.

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Trennert Reserve 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 crystalise.

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 Australian 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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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
Oakley Adams Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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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It's Back
A Box of Big Red Surprises

Trial Bins 542, 5640, 5770, 566 Adelaidean-South Australia Mixed Dozen
The story so far has taken us from experiments or Trial Bin Reds beginning 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 and 2017 very good buying at $64 so I again draw your attention to this value.

Trial Big Reds from the
Adelaidean Project Mixed Dozen

This special contains three bottles from four red trials:

Trial Bin 5640 'The Jackman' South Australia Red Blend No.2 NV
Trial Bin 542 South Australia Cabernets 2013
Trial Bin 566 South Australia Rich Dry Red 2013
Trial Bin 5770 South Australia Full Bodied Rich Blend No.3 2013

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