Pernod subsidiary, Wyndham Estate is to launch a new premium red wine, Bin 999 Merlot, in an effort to reflect "the increasing consumer demand for red wines and the strong growth of the Australian category".

The wine will initially be launched into the UK off-trade, aimed specifically at mulitiple grocers and specialists, retailing at around £6.99.

Sophie Gallois, marketing director for Pernod ricard UK wines said: "we believe that by launching this new varietal, we are adding notable interest to the red wine category and will add extra appeal to the range. Wyndham Estate Bin 999 will offer discerning consumers a real sense of the 'Big Australian Taste' and will increase our presence in a highly competitive market."

In a statement, Pernod also said that Wyndham would be increasing its presence in the UK, with the improved supply of Wyndham's Bin 888 Cabernet Merlot, which ran into problems meeting demand last year.