October has flown by for us. The October newsletter almost didn’t make it out in time. At least, coming so late in the month, we don’t feel quite so bad about starting to promote our Christmas gift offers. The word out there is that people are turning their thoughts earlier than normal to present purchasing – and from our first hand experience of relatives asking us what we want for Christmas (English wine, of course!), there seems to be some truth in it. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Cambridge Cheese Company to offer a fabulously flexible 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 bomb, or both, paired with any wine from our shop (although we list our recommended pairing for your consideration).
If you want to stick to just wine, we have gift boxes in a seasonal red, or with a Christmas scene on, in one, two or three bottle options. We’ve also expanded our range of pre-mixed cases, a couple of which are featured below.
We can include a gift message with your order – simply add the message into the Order Notes section at checkout.
Finally, we continue to refresh and enhance our range. This month we welcome three exceptional new red wines from East Sussex, Wiltshire and Surrey into our range – read more about them below. Our sparkling wine range continues to evolve and we have another multi-award winner on the roster, Black Chalk’s Classic Cuvée 2016.
If you’re buying for others, or yourself, we hope that you enjoy browsing our selection of exceptional English and Welsh wines to find the perfect bottle or bottles.Best wishes
Co-Founder, Grape Britannia
|MIXED CASE OFFERS|
|English wines performed extremely well in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, winning 150 medals in total, including two Best in Show Platinums (of which only 50 were awarded out of over 16,000 entries), three other Platinums and five golds. We’ve put together a box of wines that showcases medal winners across England’s best categories.|
|It’s not just Decanter that has awarded English wines some top gongs. Other renowned international wine competitions, such as the International Wine Challenge and International Wine and Spirits Challenge, have bestowed top awards on English wines. This case contains the best six wines available, all with Platinum or Gold medals, for a total of under two hundred pounds, at our discounted price of £199. This really is the cream of the crop!|
|Bluebell Vineyard Ashdown Boundary Block 2018 (£19.99)The first ever English Merlot! Not as jammy as Australina or American examples, it is a medium-bodied garnet with aromas of soft black pepper, typical Merlot notes of red and black plum and black cherry. It displays a soft palate, good tannins and a well balanced finish. The 2018 growing season was unprecedented – a mild spring for budburst, perfect conditions at flowering and extremely high temperatures throughout June and July, then a warm and sunny September and October provided the ideal conditions for ripening grapes. 2018 delivered clean fruit of exceptional quality with a great concentration of sugars and fruit flavours, creating aromatic wines with structure and juicy, balanced acidity. This Merlot has spent fourteen months in old oak barrels.|
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|Whitehall Vineyard Nethercote Hill 2018 (£17.99)Plenty of summer fruits, sweet strawberry and raspberry to the fore, with great texture from its time in French oak, this smart blend of Pinot Noir and Rondo combines the best characteristics of both the new world and classic wines. It is soft on the palate, with a rich ruby colour, and its good acidity levels make it a perfect match for rich foods. Whitehall Farm has been in the same family for five generations, since 1894. Their history of growing and farming evolved into a desire to take on a new challenge, to produce premium English wines. And so Whitehall Vineyard was established in 2017 with the support of a small team of planters. The vineyard is based in the fertile soils of the Avon Valley, with a favourable aspect and an underlying bedrock of permeable limestone. |
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Denbies Wine Estate Pinot Noir 2018 (£26.99)The vineyards of Denbies Estate are situated on the North Downs, in the town of Dorking, with its famous chalky soil, in a protected valley of south facing slopes. A total of 265 acres out of the 700 acre estate have been planted to vine, commencing in 1986. Crafted from grapes grown in one of the estate’s premium blocks, Denbies only make a straight Pinot Noir in the very best of years. The nose and palate are interwoven with layers of Florence strawberries and Sweetheart cherries. Seventeen months in French oak barriques leads to a gentle, vanilla finish, which pairs brilliantly with ripe soft cheeses and grilled lamb.
Black Chalk Classic Cuvée 2016 (£35.99)Orchard fruits – apple and pear – and a biscuity bite, super fresh and moreish. The use of oak barrels and time on lees – 28 months -provide this wine with depth and complexity. A perennial favourite of wine competition judges, this won an International Wine Challenge Gold and a WineGB Gold and Trophy. Black Chalk is a wine proud of its English heritage, with roots firmly planted in the chalklands of southern England. Black Chalk was used by the old masters to sketch ideas onto canvas before painstakingly creating a masterpiece. At Black Chalk Wines, wines are not rushed but allowed time to age.Buy here »