Virgin Wines unveils Platinum Jubilee sparkling wine


Wine producer Virgin wines has collaborated with East Sussex vineyard Henners to release a Platinum Jubilee Limited Edition Sparkling Brut.

The collaboration will see the creation of 500 bottles of exclusive, sparkling wine which uses a classic champagne blend of grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

“This has been a real passion-project for the whole team at Virgin Wines. It was important to us that we had the best possible wine to offer, whilst keeping it relevant to the occasion, which is why we opted for an English sparkling,” wine buyer Sophie Lord explained.

READ MORE: Waitrose partners with Buckingham Palace Gin and Moët to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

“The top winemaking counties in England share a similar climate and terroir to the Champagne region of France, meaning winemakers can grow the same grapes and follow the same winemaking methods. Our commemorative bottle showcases a homegrown wine that rivals the iconic fizz.”

The sparkling wine carries “sourdough aromas” combined with “crunchy green apple and pear on the palate”, and also a touch “toasted brioche”.

In terms of the bottle design, the drink comes in the shape of a shield inspired by a coat of arms.

The design hopes to represent the royal crest, with “quintessentially British bunting” that also draws on lily of the valley – what’s said to be the Queen’s favourite flower.

Lord added: “We wanted this bottle to pay homage to the Queen and her Platinum Jubilee.  We hope you’ll join us in gathering friends and family to celebrate this special and unprecedented achievement in history, with this exquisite English sparkling wine!”

The Platinum Jubilee Limited Edition English Sparkling Brut will be available in early May for £34.99 per bottle or £39.99 for the gift box version with free delivery.

The news comes after Waitrose partnered exclusively with Buckingham Palace Gin and Moët & Chandon to offer limited edition bottles to celebrate Jubilee weekend.

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