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PPB Premium Private Bin 88 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
It is simply not possible to find a Barossa Valley Shiraz of this quality in any retail store. Equivalents like Pepperjack will set you back $17. I praise the scientists in the CSIRO packaging division in the 1950-60s for solving the technical problems which today preserve the tiny amounts left after major bottlings of our fabulous Barossa reds (read todays notes). These bin-ends are being bottled, one at a time, and offered as PPB’s. This Bin 88 cleans up another 23 cases. Limit one per order - thanks.

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PPB Premium Private Bin 88 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Differences of opinions about wine are good though on the topic of the most popular every survey I see always leads with Barossa Valley Shiraz.

For this reason the grapes are the most expensive, and perhaps it's not surprising the most expensive wine Penfolds Grange is mostly Barossa and as a bonus they cellar for decades.

Long years behind the counter serving customers taught me that the taste of Barossa is incredibly popular and of course years later explains why we set up the Glug shop in the Barossa Valley.

This Shiraz found its way into a Karrawirra Shiraz Cabernet and a series of other Barossa reds we have released over 2016-2017 thus you get good savings on the labelled wines though it is not identical to any of them. Please enjoy and a limit of one case per order.

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Work at the CSIRO in the 1950-60s on casks saves Glug in 2017
and provides customer bargains.

A general view in retail is; ‘don’t tell the customers that, they do not need to know’. Mostly its trivial stuff and as such I also take this view. At the other extreme I have rarely come across deceit which customers should know about.

Which leaves a wide zone between some of which you are likely curious about. I have found that snippets picked up over a life of visiting wineries and drinking enhance the picture of what makes wine so interesting.

Its my trade so I guess I have to be more curious than any wine enthusiast. Thus it’s OK to switch off now as I want to tell you how the cask evolved, or more to the point the bladder inside, and what this means to you.

In the 1970s I used to pile up cardboard casks on the shop floor and sell them cheap. The problem in those early days was a percentage leaked thus when opening my shop next morning the carefully built castle of casks may have collapsed. This creates a big mess as the carboard wrapping was destroyed but being a retailer I used to sell the full bladders, ‘as is’, for attractive prices.
Decades on and a major advance is to ship wine globally in a giant bladder stuffed into a container. The bottling plants can now be built next to the overseas customers warehouses and this dramatically lowers the price.

Glug deals in a large number of small amounts of wine and after each bottling the number grows as tiny left-overs accumulate and are preserved. I have explained how the very best are retained and hang around in barrels, stainless drums and tiny vats. Then when empty each of these containers has to be cleaned and sterilised, yes like a hospital.

Recently we have begun using new, man sized, state of the art, oxygen proof bladders, which are tossed out after one use. Now marry this with our micro-bottler and we have something special for customers.

The Premium Bin Ends, PPB’s, made from the preserved remnants of our best reds, thus saved from blending away, are now bottled and offered to you at attractive prices. Customers who are comfortable about wine with slip labels and with our in-house skills should buy these and thereby drink well and save.

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.

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 Berkshires 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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Goat Square
Reserve Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

Developments are slow moving in the wine business as the single vintage a year and the need to build up stock from the first ideas takes a number of years. Last year we were able to introduce the first ‘Ziegenmarkt’ from thoughts that go back to 2010. The second vintage is now ready for your cellar.

This is how I see the wine. Knowing the source of the grapes, the weather at harvest and how the grapes ferment tells you quite quickly which batches are destined to make the best wines. Indeed up the road our large neighbour Seppeltsfield has hundreds of ferments underway at vintage and the senior winemakers tell me they know after 5 days which batches will fetch the most money-as their business is selling the young ferments to others.

Many years back the winemaker Benjamin Parker noted something similar with our intake and this developed into isolating batches for a future premium Shiraz.

He called it the Ziegenmarkt, after the old market place at Goat Square, where the farmers gathered to exchange goods back in them good old days. We produced 129 dozen which preserves the difference.

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Roxton Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
The long wait has been worth it as this is an extra-ordinary effort from winemaker Parker.

We took the wine in straight off the press such a long time ago and it has been aging quietly in barrels ever since. There seemed no need for it to be rushed into bottle as we knew from those early days it was a keeper.

Some wines are delicious in youth but not this Roxton; plenty of fruit but rather strong and muscular and would be better if just left.

The years rolled by, it was given the attention needed, freshened up by pumping into other barrels and then back again to resume its mellowing or maturation.

We are blessed by amazing quality in Australia and over the last 50 years it is astonishing how the greatness of so many regions has been able to unfold.

We like the old traditional, heritage regions of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley but also take delight in the best from so many other places.

Place a bottle of this Roxton Reserve on the dinner party table and watch the reaction.

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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 537, 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

Trial Big Reds from the Adelaidean Project Mixed Dozen contains three bottles from four red trials:

Trial Bin 5640 'The Jackman' South Australia Red Blend No 2 NV
Trial Bin 537 The Adelaidean-Adelaide Hills Shiraz 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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