Launch of our New Release, the first taste of our 2018 grapes

Yes, here it is, the wine you have been waiting for. The launch of our New Release 2018 vintage, the first to be bottled using the 2018 grape harvest, which promises to be one of the best ever!

This year in the UK, and specifically South Devon, the weather conditions have been perfect for a bumper and high-quality wine harvest. Thanks to the “Beast from the East” and one of the hottest and driest early summers on record, wine makers in the UK are looking forward to a vintage to remember.

If you just want to buy the Sharpham New release 2018 Vintage just click here, if you would like to know more about the New Release and why this year’s wine vintage is going to be so good, please keep reading.

2018 promises to be a great English wine vintage, with the conditions being just perfect for a bumper harvest and high quality wine.

Duncan Schwab, Sharpham Wine & Cheese’s Head Winemaker, said “I’m sitting in the office overlooking the winery with a smile on my face and with my back reminding me of the fantastic 2018 harvest!  In short, it is the best vintage I have experienced in terms of fruit quantity coupled with fruit quality since my first vintage in the UK wine industry 33 years ago.  We are all very excited about how the wines are already tasting and our recently bottled New Release from this year’s vintage is a great example of how amazingly fruity and ripe the wines are.”

The New Release is a young and fresh wine which goes from vine to bottle in just six weeks. It is one of just a handful of English alternatives to the Beaujolais Nouveau – and the hint of residual sugar allows for early drinking with or without food.

Mark Sharman, Managing Director of Sharpham Wine & Cheese, went on to say “Harvest 2018 has been my 31st here at Sharpham and it has been the most incredible pleasure to work through. We have had other great years, but this year was just exceptional all the way from bud burst to picking. Harvesting started a full month earlier than those first vintages in the 1980’s and the New Release is a preview of what is to come from the 2018 vintage. This young, fresh wine is very special, with clean fruit aromas, intensity of flavour, perfect balance and a lingering mouth-watering finish. This wine has all the 2018 summer sunshine captured in a glass.”

Made with Madeleine Angevine and Bacchus grapes grown on the banks of the River Dart just downriver from Totnes in South Devon, the New Release, like all Sharpham wines, is vegan not just vegetarian and contains no animal derived products at all.  With more and more people asking about whether their wines are vegan, this is the first Sharpham wine to include the Vegan logo on the label.

The New Release is also the first of their wines to display the new Sharpham Wine and Cheese branding, developed with the help and guidance of White Space in Ashburton. Paul Mabin, White Space’s Creative Director said “It was clear that the new style and branding needed to be clean and professional to reflect the high quality of the Sharpham wines. Many people had heard of Sharpham Wine but were unaware of the fact that they win many awards, including internationally.” Sharpham Wine & Cheese will be revealing their new branding over the next 12 months as each new wine is bottled and labelled.

We hope you love the new design just like we do but even more importantly, we hope you love the new 2018 vintage, so why not buy a bottle or two for yourself and/or your friends and family ready for the festive period.