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Sensational New Barossa Red

Making interesting concept wines, experimenting with varieties other than Shiraz from a range of vineyards, is the idea of the Barbarossa or put another way they are field blends from the Barossa. They are a twist to the mainstream Barossa reds we list though they comfortably sit in the big Barossa taste spectrum you would expect. Alas only 80 cases and a limit of one case per order.

New Barbarossa Introductory Price

Barbarossa Valley Blend Barossa Valley 2014 #2

The new Barbarossa is released today at an attractive introductory price. As the winemaker constantly urges upon me, ‘get the customers drinking our wines’.

The Barbarossa concept gives us flexibility in the winery as they are field blends with most containing three or more varieties.

The small volumes and reviving the historical way of making wine; the original field blend being a mix of varieties which were grown in the same paddock and were all picked at the same time, brings with it my idea of winemaking freedom. Making hundreds of thousands of cases of identical wine each vintage because it is assumed customers demand wine be like beer with no variation, frankly appals me.

At Glug we want nothing to do with such a backward looking product. This blend of Barbarossa is Durif predominant with Cabernet and Grenache.

Benjamin is rightly impressed with the potential of Barossa Durif at this moment so look for a big wine with impact. We made 80 cases.

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Strange but true. A little wine knowledge may mislead.

Winemaker, Benjamin Parker’s new creation of Barbarossa is released today and rates at the pinnacle of value for money creations.

This release also made me reflect on a recent customer email suggesting ‘there has to be something common across the flavour profile of Barbarossa which helps define it as a Barbarossa’. I’ll return to this but each Barbarossa does of course vary as they are field blends and also partly experiments.

The suggestion in turn leads to a reflection that applies to all customers. Its possible that what wine knowledge you have accumulated instead of helping will just as likely mislead when selecting and I assume flows into how you taste the purchase.

So here are the fundamentals.

1. Buy good wine when it is on special or buy from unusual wine merchants like Glug.

2. Masked wine tastings show you can sort wines by quality but this will have no correlation to the price. Experts tell us quality rises about 15% above good, honest, base quality. The question then becomes, how much should you pay for each tiny gain in quality. Also while you can grade wines yours will be different to the next person and your grading will be different in one day or one weeks time-should the tasting be repeated.
3. The tendency is to buy from a narrow range however what you like changes, often quickly, and the idea that wine is about discovering what you like is non-sensical. As then is the saying ‘I do not know much about wine but I know what I like’.With a lot of drinkers this equates to a higher sugar content.

4. The different varieties are very hard to distinguish and in any case this is not the point as all you are searching for is a good drink. And this can be from any variety and any country.

The best way to think about wine is to be aware of the climate of origin. Thus Margaret River and Tasmania cannot do the Barossa Valley, and broadly speaking, in global terms, Australia does not do Germany or Austria.

Hence the query posed by our good Glug customer is answered by saying; the climate of the Barossa Valley overrides everything and the dominant taste or comminality in all Barbarossa field blends will be Barossa, one, two, and three and I bet most would say it contains Shiraz.

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Next wine tasting date: Glug's next Sales and Wine Tasting Event will be held in February on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

Barossa Valley
Shiraz 2014

The 6th vintage we have released and any customer who has the full sequence will be richly rewarded. The first vintage was the 1969 and the wine was made by Kee Lyn for the Kies family.

I have drunk that wine and the 1973 and both were a pleasure. The winemaker Benjamin Parker and I revived the brand in 2004 though the first Shiraz was the 2008 vintage and customers who have purchased each vintage since are very fortunate and I think wise.

Being the Barossa Valley we are blessed with vintages that while variable make good and frequently great wines. The 2011 was difficult and did not appear as Karrawirra. Like the others this vintage comes from the same block farmed by Andy Kalleske in the northern Barossa.

This is a warmer and drier part of the Barossa yet the higher elevation brings cooler evenings and this creates subtle and complex differences. Followers of the brand will enjoy this vintage and cellaring is recommended.

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Barossa Valley
Grenache 2014

I’m drinking my through a case of the Bengalee and very good it is. Thus I have placed it on special. The first Bengalee was a Shiraz 2008 and the first Grenache was the 2010 making this release the fourth Grenache.

All wine regions over a certain size show enough landscape variability such that it makes sense to talk of sub-regions. In this case the vineyard source was up around Greenock along the western ridges where its higher and being from the northern Barossa Valley also a bit warmer. This region also takes the brunt of the westerly weather so it is often wetter in winter.

These landscape changes are not sharp so drawing boundaries is silly but there is enough variation in the Greenock sub region to move the flavours away from the norm. Grenache was planted likely from the start in the 1840s though as often mentioned being able to buy 100% Barossa Valley Grenache is quite recent.

At Glug we are big supporters of the variety, indeed we see drawing your attention to Barossa Grenache as a duty but alas the beauty of the flavours are not widely embraced. Very simply this spells out bargain as the Barossa has a finite size and the flavours cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

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Barossa Valley
Mataro 2014

You will not find a genuine, hand made red from the Barossa Valley in old retail of this quality for under $20-that’s my promise.

The four great red varieties of the Barossa are Shiraz, Mataro, Cabernet and Grenache with Cabernet being the most recent with large plantings dating from the 1970s.

The other three I refer to as the heritage varieties as these were planted back in the 1840s and 1850s. They struck gold in the Barossa as they flourished in this rare climate. Mataro is seen as a ‘workhorse’ and gave a back palate strength to many early Barossa Shiraz and is still widely used for this purpose.

The time has arrived for it to stand alone and many artisans are now working to capture its complexity. We are champions of the variety and for a modest price this Crayford will deliver power and complexity.

Expand your range of favourites to embrace Mataro is my suggestion but not of course an example grown in a cool climate.

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Big Red Mix No.14
from South Australia

A few alterations to No 13 means a change to No 14 though the highlight is still the Village Belle Mourvedre though in second place comes the Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache. Honourable mentions go to the P. B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet and the rather stout Ploughman. 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. 14 from South Australia Mixed Dozen contains one bottle each of the following wines:
Oakley Adams Padthaway Shiraz 2014
Cameron County 'Red Post' Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
P. B. Burgoyne McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Princeland Watch Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Light & Finniss Adelaidean Bin 536 Dry Red 2012
PB Burgoyne Adelaide Hills Merlot Cabernet 2011
Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
Village Belle Barossa Valley Mouvedre 2014
Farmers & Growers 'Ploughman' South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Shearers 'Comb' South Australia Cabernet Merlot 2013
Telegraph Road South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Grenache 2013

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