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Weekend Melt Down DIRT CHEAP Mixed Dozen

It's hard making a statement after a SALE but I still have some odds and ends that need clearing out. These I have crammed into this most unusual mix and while the selection makes no sense at all, it does from one aspect: it is dirt bloody cheap. Experience from my recent buying at the local BWS suggests I would pay over $10 a bottle for this quality yet at $74.90 you also save $24.70 off the day to day Glug price. I want these out! Thus no limits on purchase.

Each box contains the following:

1 x Parawatta Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
1 x P B Burgoyne Limestone Coast Cabernet 2015
1 x Cleanskin Barbarossa Valley Blend Barossa Valley 2014 (No 5900)
1 x Trial Bin 40 Coonawarra Cabernet 2013
1 x Trennert McLaren Vale Grenache Rose 2016
1 x PPB Premium Private Bin 83 Barossa Valley Durif 2014
1 x Light and Finniss Adelaidean Dry Red 2012
1 x Trial Bin 576 Adelaidean Carbonedro NV (2013/2016)
1 x Trennert 'West Winds' McLaren Vale Cabernet 2014
2 x Andrina Langhorne Creek Cabernet Rose 2015
1 x Farmers and Growers 'The Ploughman' SA Dry Red 2013

There it is the post sale DIRT CHEAP mixed dozen and no limits.

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Just buy the wines that taste better not those you are conditioned to think should be better.

The January Sale is over and so is my stay on the south coast of NSW as it's time to wander back to the Barossa Valley and see what the wine making team have achieved.

The fishing has been good though the Tuross River lake system - south of Batemans Bay - is pretty small and by the end of January lots of good fishermen have caught the best fish and stocks are thin.

It's like this for customers when a sale is on as you need to move quickly. It also applies to wine merchants as when you get a good buying lead you must instantly follow it up. The best wines at silly prices never last long and I may add prices get corrected as the seller wakes up.

I see this on a global level as while the quality to price ratio of Australian wine is very high this has been under appreciated for many decades by overseas buyers. The worst are the supermarket buyers from the UK who want high quality for three pence.

Perceptions are altering and two trends are worth noting. Chinese buyers have a different perspective and in a remarkably short time - 4 to 5 years - have become the largest market for our best wines. Next I must show my admiration for the incredible job they are doing at Treasury Wine as sales of high quality Penfolds reds are booming and of course are fetching very high prices. Again the best market has become China and greater Asia.
In the wine game it's easy to get confused or distorted in your thinking, so you believe things that are not so. Western wine consumers have strange views about Australia yet lap up lots of rubbish about wines from say France or Italy.

The Asian consumer knows little of this background wine lore and I reckon see things for what they are.

Just buy the wines that taste better not those you are conditioned to think should be better.

Those buying from Glug get the point.

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.

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.

Borderland Estate
South Australia
Classic Dry Red 2013

I can now place myself in the category that its never too old to learn.

Not only has the business matured but so has the winemaker Benjamin and coming up fast is Greg the assistant winemaker.

Spending 2015 and 2016 pondering how to make better value Big Red specials has turned up some new ideas.

It shows in this Borderland though of great help is a special parcel of red we purchased from a grower down in Langhorne Creek which sits in the background.

We find you can make tasty interesting wines and sell at great prices if the volumes are small though we feel for those who have to gear up and make say 100,000 cases as you have to turn to the Riverland to get the base volume making the job very hard.

You will discover good value in the Tumbleweed though its place is to be part of your regular drinking.

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P.B. Burgoyne
Limestone Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

When we search for good bulk reds at value prices we start in regions that are less know which means the produce far more supply than demand –for that regions name.

The region called the Limestone Coast is a huge area in the South East corner of South Australia which abuts the Victorian border.

There are vineyards from Bordertown to Mount Gambier and west across to Robe and with outposts like Lucindale. We know this country very well and its one of our favourite regions as the grape quality is high, since it is cool maritime, yet prices sit below fair on our value for money gauge.

Enter this wonderful Burgoyne Cabernet discovered by the winemakers. So what does it taste like?

Frankly I cannot tell the difference between this Burgoyne and a similar wine from Coonawarra so you may as well pocket the difference.

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P.B. Burgoyne
Barossa Valley
Shiraz (second bottling) 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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‘The Jackman’
Trial Bin 5850
South Australia
Dry Red Blend No 3 N.V.

Winemakers like Benjamin Parker love making wines as that is what they do. This is the third Dry Red made from an interesting purchase of nine months ago. In large wineries there are dozens of stainless tanks and leading from them are multiple hoses and pipes connecting them with other tanks and barrels and things can go wrong as wine is transferred from one to another.

The Jackman was created when two wines were blended which should not have been as they were different vintages. We did not ask many questions but just focussed on the opportunity although we added other wines back at the Glug winery. The wine is not only a blend of vintages but became a blend of varieties though Cabernet shines through.

It is though 100% from South Australia and mostly premium, high quality regions. Wines like this are too hard to sell in the conventional world of shop retail but are ideal for the smart Glug customer.

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Light and Finniss
Fleurieu Peninsula
South Australia
Rose 2015

This Light and Finniss explores the cooler spectrum of flavours being from vineyards well south of Adelaide in the ranges called the Fleurieu Peninsula. Looking back I think its fair to say that rose has been the ‘next big thing’ for many decades. Sales have recently increased so we are adding several to our list.

Really they are just white wines and in this case with some skin contact though you can alter the back palate and thus the finish of the wine playing with skin contact. And in any case they look good and at times perception is everything.

I look back with fondness to Mateus and Kaiser Stuhl as they were shop favourites through the 1980s though a little heavy handed with the sweetness. We prefer them drier with emphasis on defining a back palate expression though heaven forbid this is not a light red and must not be seen as such.

This is a good wine and will find favour with the growing numbers adding this style to their drinking repertoire.

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Eden Valley
Riesling 2017

The perfect expression of Eden Valley Riesling must show that long, ‘rapier’ like fine, fruit note of pure, green citric intensity which travels along the palate and never quite expires. Well this wine has it.

I spent many years in my early life as a wine merchant exploring the lanes and by-ways of France looking for the authentic country wines which was training for the greater pleasure of searching across Australia.

To still be at it and discover wines like this is where the pleasure is found. The last Parawatta Riesling was the 2013 though it sits as a gold medal curiosity in my memory as it was nor true to style, indeed it led to lively discussion with customers, and shows though what the weather can do.

We can see from the 2017 that any description must say it was a classical year meaning you will get what you expect from the Eden Valley. In many ways almost perfect and will bring joy.

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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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