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News Briefs for September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

•Bermuda-based Goslings rum has introduced a new single barrel expression. Goslings Papa Seal Single Barrel Bermuda rum was aged for over 15 years in Bourbon barrels, is at 41.5% abv, and retails at $199 a 750-ml. Each bottle features the barrel number, bottle number, and bottling date handwritten on its label. The luxury offering is rolling out to select retailers in the U.S. in a supply of 2,592 bottles. The Goslings range, part of the Castle Brands portfolio, also includes Black Seal, Gold Seal, 151 Proof Black Seal, and Family Reserve Old rums.

•Vineyard Brands is debuting a new South African wine label, Lievland Vineyards. A new project from South Africa’s Man Family Wines, Lievland will launch three wines nationally in October: Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Bushvine Pinotage, and Cabernet Sauvignon (all $19 a 750-ml.) Man Family partners José Conde and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh acquired the Lievland estate, located on the northwestern slope of Simonsberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Paarl, in 2017.

•Rémy-Cointreau’s Mount Gay Rum has launched XO The Peat Smoke Expression, a new rum finished in Islay Scotch barrels. The 57%-abv spirit is aged between eight and 15 years before blending and finishing for six months in peated whisky barrels. The cask strength release will retail for a suggested price of $250. Only 6,120 bottles will be available worldwide, with 1,200 allocated to the U.S. market. Last year, Mount Gay depleted 176,000 cases in the U.S. market, according to Impact Databank.

•Justin Vineyards & Winery has opened a new tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. Open seven days a week, the new space features a wine-tasting bar, lounge, and a full dining room offering rotating a la carte items and seasonal pairing flights. The new tasting room joins Justin’s existing Paso Robles estate, which includes its own tasting room, inn, and restaurant. Justin, a subsidiary of The Wonderful Company, is known for its Isosceles Bordeaux-style blend. The Justin brand was up 25% to 250,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

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