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Brand Phoenix has unveiled new packaging for its FirstCape Presidents Selection wines following a sponsorship deal with British and Irish Lions rugby.

The Lions “red tops” will feature on Chardonnay and Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon wines from next week, Brand Phoenix said today (14 December). The branding will appear on all FirstCape bottles throughout next year, the company said.

The company recently announced it will be the global sponsor of the British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia, due to kick off in June. Joint UK director of Brand Phoenix Greg Wilkins said the company has invested heavily in the partnership and has "significant plans for further promotion across all trading channels during the tour".

No financial details have been disclosed.

The Presidents Selection range is available in Morrisons supermarkets in the UK for GBP9.99 (US$16.10).

FirstCape is a joint-venture with five co-operative cellars and 200 supplying farms in the South African Cape’s Breede River Valley. Last year, Distell acquired a significant stake in UK-based distributor BrandPhoenix.