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Eight GO HARD Wednesday Bargains
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Eight GO HARD Wednesday Bargains

Glug has collapsed into a mid February hole. What to do? Take the advice of the great Ken Henry* (Treasury Secretary) to avoid a bigger black hole. Thus here are the very best I can rattle up and Benjamin and his team have rushed out a special red and normally will they not be rushed.

Go Hard Wednesday Bargain No.1

Borderland Estate Bush Telegraph S A Classic Dry Red 2013 (You Buy Six Bush Telegraph Get Six Jackman FREE)

We do cheap very well at Glug.

The best of the art of the wine-merchants and winemakers is to make discoveries and if these can be sold for $6.99 or less then so much the better.

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. Buy Six Bush Telegraph and Get Six Jackman FREE Worth $29.94. Limit of one case per order.

logo The price is $6.99 a bottle or $41.94 for six (with six FREE Jackman)

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Go Hard Wednesday Bargain No.2
30 Boxes First in First Out

Trial Bin TB 595 South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

First stop after arriving back from the south coast of NSW was the tasting bench to assess what had happened in my absence. Third sniff was this Cabernet; ‘wonderful where did you get this?’ Then the knowing looks and secrets began; ‘a little something we came across-not quite ready to show you this one.’

At this moment we are finding the bargains in Cabernet and often they are a blend of regions. This is such a wine and after a week of discussion a small quantity was bottled to get the February sales on the road.

I call wines like this ‘kitchen reds’, to be sipped while a meal is prepared. Limit of one case per order.

logo The price is $4.91 a bottle or $59 a case

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Many bargains are not what they appear. Always buy genuine bargains when they smell right.

Eight fabulous Wednesday bargains and I stress these specials are not made-up with vin-ordinaire but are hand-made by us and will be very useful.

This is what I thought about for today’s offer.

Part of the retail game is promoting items that are removed from the mainstream of every day needs as they offer higher profit margins. The makers of these items create them for the same reason.

Thus in stores we have endless line extensions of flavourings, colours and pack sizes which expand in good times and contract in tougher times when we are being frugal.
Mostly there is no discernible benefit and the danger for any retailer is to believe they are offering customers great products which moves them away from the simple idea of finding good value items and offering these at a fair margin.

I focussed on this point for today’s selections. Eight wines which offer you way above standard quality which I know are outstanding bargains.

Please make the most of this offer brought on by a dreadful month of sales.

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.

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.

logo The price is $7.41 per bottle

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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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Barbarossa Benjamin Parker Single Barrel Selection Valley Blend No.2 Barossa Valley 2013 14.5%
This single barrel is an early 2015 creation which was isolated and left to rest in better oak. There are 33 cases. This is what I wrote a year ago about the general concept.

It is natural for the winemakers to want to experiment. Some of these are released as Bin Numbered Red Trials. When satisfied things are right a new brand is created. This is the second Barbarossa and like the 2012 is a heavyweight, field blend packed with weight and power.

It contains many varieties though the idea of the trials is to find a natural combination of flavours which move away from single variety wines. I like the term of Valley Blend or Field Blend, less mono-culture and more as grapes were once grown as in old vineyards where the varieties are mixed and enter the winery already blended.

Shiraz has moved to very high prices so the Barbarossa is built around full flavoured varieties like Mataro which are cheaper plus others we accumulate which have no natural home. The European have been making similar combinations for hundreds of years and the Barbarossa is inspired by the field blends of the Cote du Rhone.

The wine drinks well now but has the depth to be put aside for many years should you wish. All up the winemaker Benjamin Parker has done a terrific job.

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Bin 87
Barossa Valley Carbonedro 2016

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 it must be exciting and fresh, meaning I select 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 many countries 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 Carbonedro, a blend of 67% Cabernet and 33% Bonvedro and it is sensational.

Barossa mid strength but with 15% abv so I think you get the picture.

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Postcards of the Future
'Busy Farmer'
Langhorne Creek
Barbera 2013

This wine was released on the 18th December, 2013 and developed a loyal following.

The Postcards of the Future comes from an idea of Nicholas Bourke to introduce you to new varieties and give you a glimpse of what he thinks is the winemaking future.

Of the four Postcard wines made for Glug the Busy Farmer Barbera I thought was the most technically perfect.

Part of the winemaking style of Nicholas is to emphasis the fruit and I think you will love its bright colour, inviting characters and yes that touch of the strength and purpose which Italian Barbera’s display.

Langhorne Creek is very interesting for another reason as it is our greatest unrecognised wine making region though this is about to change and wines such as this Barbera will lead the way.

So this Postcard we think is a prophesy of the future.

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Adelaide Hills
Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This Stratus is the third release from the same source in the Adelaide Hills, a high altitude vineyard above the town of Woodside. To bring out the best of Sauvignon Blanc you need a cool climate and to get this coolness in Australia requires elevation or a southern cool region like Tasmania.

Around 1978 New Zealand released the cool tasting Sauvignon Blanc which evolved from the low lying, river terraces of Marlborough, located at the northern end of the South Island. At this time little was grown in Australia but gradually the plantings expanded. The wines from low lying land, even when close to the cooling ocean are not as complex as those from the higher altitude vineyards.

At this stage some of the best come from the Adelaide Hills and in this large region I think the ‘best of the best’ come from the region near Woodside called the Basket Range. Differences in climates and winemaking methods from each region means those from Adelaide Hills have similarities and differences to those from New Zealand.

With the Stratus you will discover a steelier, tight complexity when compared to these fruitier wines.

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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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