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Buy Six Bush Telegraph and Get Six Jackman FREE Worth $29.94

We do cheap very well at Glug. The best of the art of the wine-merchants and winemakers we wish to be is to make discoveries and if these can be sold for $6.99 or less then so much the better. WARNING: If money is not an issue then it is best to buy staples like the Goat Square. If though you have no problem with differences in quality then the weekend offer will have appeal as there is no downside. Limit of one case per order.

Plush and Ripe

Borderland Estate Bush Telegraph South Australia Classic Dry Red 2013

I believe all who drink wine have admiration for those who labour hard to make the greatest wines, some of which sell for $1000 a bottle. You may even envy those who can afford such wines. Back in the day to day world over 30% of wine is sold in casks and much of this is very good.

In-between these two extremes, yet under $12, is where we enjoy ourselves and spend a lot of time crafting wonderful tasty reds and whites. Large mistakes are made when wine is graded and then sold and we think we are particularly good at seeing what others miss.

At least one of the reasons is because we are prepared to buy many tiny amounts whereas a large business only deals in say 200,000 litre amounts. Smallness is good as it preserves the differences and every wine made is different to every other. This Borderland shows our strength which is to duplicate the boldness of a Barossa Shiraz for a much lower price.

You can’t of course but the art is to see how close you can go. Each six bottles goes with six FREE, 'The Jackman' Trial Bin 5640 South Australia Dry Red Blend No 3 N.V., worth $29.94.

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

We send out four emails a week which is 208 each year. Plus the ever amazing Henry rings a select group of customers offering specials he creates with his mate, Benjamin the winemaker.

The message we repeat is a simple one and distils into two thoughts.

1. Humans are wonderous animals, ever inventive and constructive. Though in areas which for most are just glancing pleasures, such as enjoying a bottle of wine, we are prone to grabbing onto the half formed views as offered by others. We also invent and add our own interpretations and with time hold rigidly to likes and dislikes which we refuse to test.

2. Wine quality starts with wine casks though the ‘value for money’ sweet spot, when buying from a reliable wine-merchant, sits in the range $8 to $15. Spend less and you will drink OK, spend more and you may drink better but are easily fooled.
Alas it took me far to many decades to reduce the wine business to this simplicity. Benjamin and I started Glug in 2004 to deliver these thoughts, represented of course by the wines we sell.

We like cheap at Glug and the weekend offer has appeal, particularly if you have guests who hang around the BBQ area for extra hours. If you only drink the best, well give the offer a pass and instead place your bets on good reds from the Barossa Valley. Or try the Great Weekend Specials 1, 2, 3, especially the Light and Finniss Rose or move to the Eden Valley Riesling as the quality is climbing quicker than the price.

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.

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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Light & Finniss
Adelaide Hills
Shiraz 2013

This Shiraz was a fortuitous purchase by the winemaker Benjamin with most used in various Trial Bin Dry Adelaidean Reds we made in 2016 though he put aside the best few barrels which are now released as Light and Finniss.

Shiraz like all varieties develops a flavour structure created by the climate-weather producing the grapes.

In this case the vineyard height is above that of the Barossa Valley, so it is cooler, yet the vineyard is on the warmer eastern side of the Adelaide Hills.

This has resulted in wonderful, warm, ripe flavours though a step removed from both McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

I introduce Shiraz flavours like this at an early stage in the dinner as they are a touch more savoury, peppery if you like, and contrast so well with the bolder wines you produce later. Brilliant drinking and diversifies your choices through the month.

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Light & 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 it’s 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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Princeland Watch
Limestone Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The south-eastern corner of South Australia is known as the Limestone Coast. It extends from the Victorian border west to the mouth of the Murray River. I know the country well and the beaches on a warm, gentle day are paradise.

Mostly though the winds from the great mega Southern Ocean sweep this country and lets just say it is bracing. The attraction for vineyards is this cooling aspect and a range of interesting wines come from Robe-Mount Benson, Mount Gambier and more famous regions like Coonawarra and Padthaway.

We find very good value in the reds offered from this region and these we hold in mature oak and when stocks have built make a blend which is released under the Princeland brand.

We have been pleased with our last few releases and again strongly recommend the 2015 as you get a lot of complex flavours for a modest price.

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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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