Beam Wine Estates has launched Harveys Fino in the company's first extension to its sherry portfolio in nine years.

The new Harveys range is part Beam's intention to redefine and re-energise the sherry category through an new product development programme in the UK.

Beam said it is aiming to revitalise the sherry category with eye-catching, contemporary packaging, as it departs from traditional sherry labelling.

The new sherry is available through Tesco, independents and on trade outlets, retailing at GBP7.79 (US$14.30).

It was produced by winemaker Beltrán Domecq, and joins Harveys amontillado, pale cream, cream and premium in Beam's sherry portfolio.

Beam's marketing director Drew Munro said: "As category leaders with Harveys Bristol Cream, we have in-depth knowledge of the market. Harveys has the highest awareness of any sherry in the UK and we are confident that the addition of Harveys Fino will recruit new consumers to the Harveys portfolio and to the category overall."