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2014 News - Exciting Wines Arriving in the Weeks Months Ahead
Tuesday, 11th February, 2014  - David Farmer
The new 'son of Sultan', or Shazada

Glug has a busy bottling schedule for the months ahead with over 30 wines queued up waiting their turn. I highlight some of interest based on a comprehensive tasting I did with Ben on Sunday 9th February as I feel this is useful for customers.

First down the bottling line is the new Harem Rosita 2013, a wine of great style made from grenache and cinsault which moves from the status of rose to that of a very great wine. The wine is packed with complex sweet fruit but is 'bone motherless dry' with zero sugar. I promise you have never seen the like of this before.

Other new Harems include Layla (GSM); a sensational Sultan (mataro) and another mataro with a dash of shiraz which is so good it had to be included and becomes the 'son of Sultan', or Shazada; plus a new Fatima (grenache mataro).

These Harems will be released in late March to conclude our March Mataro Madness festival.

Also approved is a new Rara Avis (mataro grenache), and a range of grenache, shiraz, mataro blends which are the core of the Glug range.

I also note that Nicholas Bourke has taken on the tough task of building our McLaren Vale portfolio and to start we bring back the Hopcroft and Cornock and a new Hope Farm shiraz.

Glug is also moving further afield and appearing soon is the third vintage of the Red Post Coonawarra cabernet, a new red from Wrattonbully, which is NE of Coonawarra, and another Coonawarra Cabernet as yet un-named.

We will be exploring Langhorne Creek in much more detail this year and start with Ben's new Albion Hills cabernet which was discovered for us by Nicholas Bourke some time ago and has been ageing in oak.

That might be enough for the moment but in the background numerous others like Karrawirra, Stockwell Creek and Goat Square will roll over into new vintages, so Barossa drinkers will be well looked after.

As for the critical issue of prices we see no need to change.

And finally I mention we have a range of rich reds from $4.99 to $6.99 in production, this time based around cabernet varieties, with one highlight being the Darby Lane Adelaide Hills merlot which is an excellent quaffer.

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