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December 2019 New Wines


The red wine that has won England’s first ever International Wine Challenge Gold
Balfour Hush Heath are making some remarkable wines at the moment, and they have received a wonderful seal of approval for their limited edition “The Red Miller” 2018, becoming the first English red wine ever to win an IWC Gold Medal.

Made exclusively from beautifully ripe Pinot Meunier, usually the ‘quiet partner’ in classic sparkling blends, this distinctive wine is certainly a first for England. A short three-day fermentation on the skins, was followed by a brief time in French and American oak. With minimal filtration, the result is a delicate and aromatic red wine that is near impossible to replicate.

This is definitely a wine for food: something local, rustic, such as venison or pheasant. It would even match up to the notoriously hard to pair with dark chocolate, as well as smelly and blue cheeses.

Only 5,000 bottles were filled with this lovely liquid. We are able to offer a 10% discount to our newsletter subscribers, but in the interests of fairness we are limiting this offer to 3 bottles per person.

Use the code DEC19REDM at the checkout.
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White Castle “1581” Fortified Wine
We are so excited to have got our hands on a few bottles of this very limited edition fortified red wine from the wonderful White Castle Vineyard in Wales. It’s not allowed to be called port, but if you want a reference point… well, port would be spot on! (And Late Bottled Vintage Port specifically).

This 2015 vintage has just been released, and it has an incredibly rich, round and smooth palate, with masses of bramble and blackberry on the nose and palate, with some black plum, chocolate and sweet spice notes adding to the complexity. It is hugely approachable right from the off, and absolutely ready to drink this Christmas!

Each of the 487 bottles is hand-sealed with red wax by the wine maker, Robb Merchant.
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Charles Palmer Blanc de Blancs 2014
What English Sparking Wine will you be drinking on Christmas Day? With over 80 in our range, it’s an agonising decision for us personally. To be honest, we’ll probably be tasting more than one, but the Charles Palmer Blanc de Blancs 2014 is going to be one of them.

One of only 15 sparkling wines in the world to win a Platinum Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, this exceptional wine is in exclusive company. 

The Blanc de Blancs style is perfect for pre-lunch celebrations. Fresh but complex, this wine combines apple and lemon notes with minerality and biscuity notes from extended lees ageing.
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We have some fantastic tasting events coming up at our shop after Christmas – an Introduction to Wine Tasting, a visit from Giffords Hall Vineyard to taste through their range, and an evening dedicated to the best award-winning English wines.

Take a look at the events here >>It is December so we couldn’t finish without mentioning our Christmas Cases. We’ve created three exceptional cases of English wines for you, to help you enjoy an amazing Christmas Day.…/mixed-cases/The Select and Premium Cases contain two sparkling wines, two white wines, a red wine and a luscious dessert wine. The Deluxe Case contains two of the best English Sparkling Wines, a white and red wine, a limited edition dessert wine and an exclusive English Brandy. Each of them is perfect for taking you all the way from the pre-lunch celebration drinks to Christmas Pudding!Of course, if you want to create your own mixed case – or buy a bottle or two (no minimum order) – you can pick-and-mix to your heart’s content from our 180+ English wines.

From all of us at Grape Britannia – have a relaxing and enjoyable festive season, and we hope that you enjoy a glass or two of exceptional English wine!