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January update, offers and new wines

#TryJanuary, #DryJanuary… 

Happy New Year! Whether you are doing Dry January, taking the opportunity to try something different this month, or it’s simply (wine-drinking) business as usual, we thought we’d help you out with discounts on some rather special wines (and meads) for you to enjoy now, or to have to hand when February rolls around.

If you’re searching for inspiration for Valentine’s Day, the obvious choice is a rosé English Sparkling Wine, of which we have a dozen for you to choose from.

Below we highlight four exceptional new wines that have joined our range: the latest vintage of Charles Palmer’s Pinot Noir, an excellent value traditional method English Sparkling Wine, an uplifting Bacchus from Kent, and a beautifully oaked Pinot Noir from Litmus Wines. 

Finally, we wanted to let you know that we’ve started to stock a couple of books about the English and Welsh wine industry, so you can slake you thirst for knowledge while sipping a glass of the product. Both Oz Clarke’s “English Wine: From Still to Sparkling” and Liz Sagues “A Celebration of English Wine” provide a fascinating and enjoyable tour of England’s burgeoning wine industry, with a little bit of history and future-looking thrown in too.

Best wishes
Matt 
Co-Founder, Grape Britannia

VALENTINE’S DAY

Of course, you could just select from the discounted wines we noted above! They are rather special, after all.

However, rosé English Sparkling Wine is the category that matches perfectly with Valentine’s Day. We have a dozen for you to choose from, from several regions of England, in different styles. Something for everyone!

Don’t forget that we have small but perfectly formed selections of English beer and spirits too, if your partner prefers either of those types of beverages.

NEW WINES

Charles Palmer Pinot Noir 2019 (£23.99) The 2018 vintage of this wine was one of our most popular red wines in 2020, for good reason. The follow-on 2019 vintage is a light-bodied but deeply flavoured Pinot Noir. The aromas of ripe red fruits are striking and uplifting, but there are also darker brambly notes in the mix, together with intriguing hints of nutmeg. As with the 2018 equivalent, the texture is notably silky and smooth, with a persistent finish that caresses the tongue. It has been lightly oaked in French oak, to enhance the textures and flavours of the wine. Charles Palmer Vineyards is a family run wine estate at Winchelsea in Sussex. The estate’s vineyards benefit from an ideal climate for vines, with its close proximity to the sea, south facing slope, and its terroir in particular. The lowest part of the vineyard is a mere 5 metres from sea level and sits above a bed of Kimmeridgian clay similar to the Grand Crus of Burgundy. Their vines were first planted in 2006 specifically with the aim of producing a sparkling wine of the highest standard. Production is small and meticulous. Every effort is made to ensure only the best grapes are produced and selected according to the family’s exacting standards. Buy here »

Litmus Wines Red Pinot Noir 2018 (£24.99) 2018 was widely seen as being the best growing season for wine ever experienced in England. Hot and dry conditions from budburst to picking produced fruit of an exceptionally high quality. 2018 Litmus Red Pinot is made from 100% Pinot Noir that was cold soaked prior to fermentation on its skins and spent 19 months in one to five-year-old French oak barriques prior to bottling. Pale cherry red with a vibrant translucency the wine displays raspberry and clove characters on the nose. The palate is light, elegant and rich, being underpinned by an earthy spiciness and a long finish. This wine will gain further complexity with further cellaring. John Worontschak is the chief wine maker, who has developed the Litmus wines range. John has been making English wine since 1988. In 2010 John decided to create the first Litmus wine, Element 20; the concept was to move away from the traditional fruity English wine styles. The Litmus range is a culmination of John’s experience and the wines are designed to highlight the very best of cool climate English style wines, promoting balance, complexity and length of flavour. Buy here »

Wayfarer Wines Wandering Wayfarer Bacchus 2019 (£16.99) This limited production wine has aromas of delicate elderflower blossom on the nose, fresh cut grass and white peach fruit characters on the palate and soft mineral undertones which evoke dewy spring mornings. It is a clean and crisp wine that is aromatic, structured, and delicate. In short, this wine showcases the fantastic complexity of the Bacchus grape. The wine is made from grapes grown on the family run Wayfarer’s Vineyard, which is nestled intimately into the Pilgrims Way in Kent. Importantly, it is created from still wine clones; this is not a sparkling reject, it was conceptualised as a still wine from the beginning, and it shows, beautifully. Buy here »

Hazel End Vineyard Three Squirrels Brut 2014 (£19.99)A delicious alternative to the usual French grapes, this lively sparkler is made from a unique blend of Muller Thurgau, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner from vines averaging 25 years old. These have produced a wine with acidity and minerality which some prefer to its better known rivals. The secondary fermentation was undertaken by the celebrated, multi-award winning Dermot Sugrue of Wiston Estate, and his magic touch is in evidence here. Displaying riper, rounder fruit than most English Sparkling Wines, it nonetheless has the hallmark freshness from bracing acidity and low dosage. Red apples and pear abound on the nose and palate, and rich biscuity notes lace through, the result of 5 years’ lees ageing. Buy here »