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23 February, 2007

l Berry Bros & Rudd

has released its Rhône 2005 en primeur range, allowing customers to secure their wine before it is bottled. Sourced by the company's Rhône buyer, Simon Field MW, the range features 25 wines from north and south of the region.

l Armit

has introduced a new range of Australian wines to its portfolio. Austin's Wines come from the Geelong region in Victoria and the vineyard has established itself as one of the largest family-owned holdings of Pinot Noir in Australia.

To satisfy a desire to produce an immediate-drinking Pinot Noir, the producer also came up with the Sixfootsix label in 2003, which now includes a 2005 Chardonnay, a 2005 Pinot Noir and a 2004 Shiraz/Viognier, all available for £9.95 a bottle or £119.40 for a case of 12.




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