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December update, offers and new wines

Last orders for Christmas delivery – Sunday 20 December

For those of you still searching for Christmas gifts or a well-earned bottle or two for yourself to enjoy over the Christmas period, we are taking orders for Christmas delivery up until the end of Sunday 20 December. Since sending our last newsletter we have begun to offer gift cards online, handy if you can’t decide – or you know the recipient likes to choose their own wine! These are delivered virtually by email so can be purchased all the way up to Christmas Day!

Our Christmas cases are proving incredibly popular – each contains six wines guaranteed to deliver exceptional Christmas Day drinking. Orders from our wider pre-mixed case list are also flying out of the door, as are the wine and cheese gift option, with wax wrapped cheese that guarantees freshness and longevity;you can choose either a vintage Cheddar truckle or a Lancashire bombor both, paired with any wine from our shop (although we list our recommended pairings for your consideration).

If your purchase is a gift, we can include a message in the parcel – simply add the message into the Order Notes section at checkout.

Below we highlight two exceptional new wines that have joined our range: another world-class red from Balfour Hush Heath to rival their legendary Red Miller, and a stunning sparkling rosé from newcomers Artelium Wine Estate.

We’d like to close by thanking you for your support during 2020. In this most difficult of years, with our physical shop and bar suffering from the various restrictions placed upon trading, your custom has been invaluable to us – thank you. 

Best wishes
Matt 
Co-Founder, Grape Britannia

GIFT CARDS

Not sure which bottle(s) to buy? We’ve finally got around to installing a gift card facility – sorry it’s taken us so long. You can choose the amount that you want to gift, and the recipient can spend it against anything that they want from our website. They are totally flexible and can be used as part payment, or can be used again if there is any balance remaining.after any order. If the recipient is local to our shop, they can utlise the card balance against in-store purchases.

NEW WINES

Balfour Hush Heath “Suitcase” Pinot Noir 2018 (£34.99) Wow, what a nose! Chocolate, chestnuts, leather, dried tomato, gamey, mushroom, petrichor, and deep, deep black and red fruit. On the palate the fruit jumps bang to the foreground with bright, light ripe red fruits, wonderful black plum, truffle, dried thyme, mint, dill seed and fennel. The finish goes on and on. The story of this wine starts when winemaker Owen Elias chose to plant the infamous Pinot Noir clones Dijon 828 and 777 on the prime Fox Ridge site above Hush Heath Manor. Clones cherished and guarded by the French for their quality, in the 1960’s cuttings were allegedly wrapped in damp clothing and illegally smuggled from top burgundy vineyards into the US and have ever since been affectionately known as the ‘Suitcase’ clones. Challenging to grow due to their small tight bunches and lower yields but renowned for their colour, flavour and great potential for still Pinot Noir. For Hush Heath, this potential was realised in 2018, a vintage which will go down in the annals of English viticulture as an exceptional year for quality and quantity. Only 5,000 bottles made. Buy here »

Artelium Wine Estate Makers Rosé 2015 (£34.99) A new contemporary boutique wine estate, Artelium works with artisan winemakers to craft exceptional fine English wines from grapes grown in vineyards across the South Downs. Artelium’s first wines are a collaboration with growers with from a longstanding partner vineyard, with similar values, styles, and varieties, while they patiently wait for their own vines to reach maturity. Both based in Sussex, their two vineyards in Streat and Madehurst were planted in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The Artelium Makers Rosé 2015 has an intense strawberry colour, is bold yet nuanced with a rich depth of red fruit flavours. It is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier; hand-picked from a single vineyard and skilfully made by celebrated winemaker Dermot Sugrue. This traditional method wine has been aged on the lees for over 48 months. The nose is clean and fresh with wild strawberries, toast and cherry to the fore. It has a round and creamy mouth-watering acidity on the palate, with lashings of raspberry, cranberry and forest fruits. Buy here »

CHRISTMAS CASES

Our super-popular Christmas cases cover all bases for Christmas Day – celebrate with the best of English and Welsh wines!