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Bonvedro - Plus Mataro-Cabernedro-Grenache
I’m never happy even though Glug customers are an adventurous lot. New, odd, and old heritage varieties are often referred to as alternative varieties. Alternative to what? To us they are simply good drinks with a twist. We promote them, as drinking wisdom comes from drinking widely. Thus I admit defeat as I have not been able to tempt you at $9.99, so the Bonvedro is SMASHED yet it’s not a cheap taste but the luncheon red you need. At this price a limit of one case per order .

The BIG Wednesday Bargain Red No.1

Village Belle Barossa Valley Bonvedro 2016

When we imagined the new business Glug back 2003 we wanted to support old established varieties which had not gained favour like Mataro and Grenache plus have a range of lesser known or new varieties.

The Village Belle range allows the winemaker to fulfil both of these aims though to date has concentrated on making wines from new and rare varieties or in the case of Bonvedro a surprise discovery.

We now know that Bonvedro has been growing in the Barossa Valley for a very long time having been miss-identified as Carignan. Doubts had been expressed by a visiting expert in the 1970s and recent genetic testing has shown that some Carignan is actually the Portuguese and Spanish variety Bonvedro.

Over the last few years we have been working with Grenache to achieve a complex, sappy, fresh red style to appeal at lunch and in the afternoon. This Bonvedro follows this search and we think is best consumed when young, lively and vibrant but it is Barossa so you will get ample complex flavours.

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The Gelato no one wants, the restaurant wine no one buys, bottling the less popular varieties; discover and create the bargains.

The contrarian spirit runs deep at Glug. So I was at Bondi mid-evening last weekend and after a few at a wine bar was moved on to the, 'must have Gelato ice'. It was busy, but what to have, so I used an old stunt and asked for ‘the Gelato flavour no one has ordered all day.’ It worked a treat as I ended up with ‘triple choc chip with mint’ which went well with the fading taste of a Tassie Pinot.

Your palate changes as you get older, at least mine has as the game becomes how to keep excited. If you are in a restaurant with a great wine list and you feel confident ask the waiter for a wine from the stash that no one buys. I can assure you they will have a collection and you just might get something with age that sings with interest.

If you wish to run with the crowd or be fashionable you will pay the price as those selling what you want have detected your eagerness and will charge.
Who would buy a Zinfandel? Exactly, which means we can buy odd varieties at knock-down prices as no one knows what to do with them. Benjamin takes these, blends them with others and out they come as Trail Bin Reds at excellent prices.

To get you in the swing of broadening your drinking I offer a range of FIVE BARGAIN REDS from lesser known varieties which go with my guarantee they will appeal - as will the prices.

Keep being daring, be different, be sceptical of claims of what are the best wines and you will do all-right.

Goat Square
Barossa Valley
Mataro 2014

The winemaker has mentioned how this Mataro has been developing over the few years and I also have followed its progress and as excitement built it was recently rated good enough for the Goat Square range. The last was the 2010 and nothing since had made the grade.

If you like Barossa Shiraz you will like this wine. When we make our Barossa reds we let the climate create the flavour and the warmth of the vintage is by far the main component of the flavour.

Only after a few glasses will you see the variety unfold and with Mataro you will detect a complex, roasted meat like character on the back palate. I think at this stage it gets better again and it slowly evolves and moves away from Shiraz, not far, but enough for an experienced drinker to become excited by the difference.

Yes we are pretty proud of this wine and will last for ages in a good cellar.

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Goat Square
Barossa Valley
Grenache 2015

From the moment the grapes arrive this wine was different to all the other batches. As soon as it fermented the colour and aroma began showing intriguing differences so it was isolated and kept for special attention. If you have wondered about extending your drinking range then this is the wine to buy.

It's Barossa first then Grenache and shows outstanding perfumed fruitiness and I just have the feeling those who have advanced palates are likely to find this more interesting than Shiraz. McLaren Vale winemakers are working hard on defining Grenache from that region and are making outstanding wines and I think it would be good for consumer interst to match the best of McLaren Vale against the best of the Barossa. If so then this would be our entrant.

Since we began Glug we have been big supporters of the heritage varieties like Grenache and I see far better value in a wine like the Goat than comparable wines from the Rhone Valley that are often $60 to $100 a bottle. There is no reason at all for such a price discrepancy and just shows how diligent searching will locate value.

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PPB Premium Private Bin 87
Barossa Valley
Cabernedro 2016

If you drink red at lunch please read on. I find I’m not quite in the mood for the style of red I drink in the evening so for decades have approached the red for lunch in a different way. I want a proper wine not a light ‘wind-bag’ but real with a bit of dance on the palate.

Thus exciting and fresh meaning I go for something younger; the word light is often used but I do not like that description as it may mean weak, lacking in character, and worse dull with lower flavour. I like Beaujolais but it is so hit and miss and more miss than hit.

I find what I want in young Italian reds like Barbaresco and Dolcetto, some Spanish and native varieties from all over plus wines made using whole bunch fermentation. With this in mind we began making the Perfect Press from McLaren Vale Grenache, hit it with the Postcards Barbera and now Benjamin is off and running with this Barossa Valley Cabernedro, a blend of 67% Cabernet and 33% Bonvedro and it is sensational. Light but with 15% abv so I think you get the picture.

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Barossa Valley
Grenache 2013

Grenache is one of the founding varieties of the Australian wine industry and while it was commonly used in dry red blends its release as a varietal only dates back to the 1990s. We are champions of this variety and you will find it slots readily into those expectations of Barossa, warm, full-flavoured ripeness.

What makes the Barossa a world class wine regions is the complex flavours that build up in a range of varieties. These varieties of course must thrive in a warm ripening climate and for example Grenache is only OK from a cooler climate, producing little more than light, confected flavours, and these are often green.

Grenache then is a full throttle variety and can handle the odd heat wave and at a pinch can be left to hang and hang on the vine and the results are still profoundly interesting. Please note this is a very heavy bodied Grenache.

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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 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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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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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
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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