Parcel 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir in 1.5 Litre Casks

Chris Ayson and Richard Starr operate Cave du Cochon, importers of quality grower Champagnes. (I’ve tasted a range of these and you can read my report on them from last year by clicking here.) However, Chris and Richard also dabble in a selection of other wines. One of their successful trials was the importation of a Cotes du Rhone sold in 5 litre bladder cask for the on-licence trade. From this developed the idea to extend the offer of cask-box packaged wine to the consumer.

Generally cask wine has a lesser image than bottled wine, but there are notable exceptions. The ‘Parcel’ range of 1.5 litre cask wine was devised to offer bottle quality wine, in a packaging with proven benefits. For the consumer is the ease of opening and ability to keep and store the wine in a convenient form, as well as a very good life once opened, in the case of the ‘Parcel’ wines, 6 weeks! For the producer and reseller are the advantages of easy display and higher profit margins. And for the planet, bag-in-the-box casks have a lower carbon footprint than bottles.

The key to the success of the cask wine is their quality to value ratio, and Chris and Richard have made efforts to access wine that will offer that. They consider the wines to be at the level of quality grocery wine. Here, I review the 2016 Parcel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Canterbury Pinot Noir. The wines were packaged at a Canterbury facility before send being sent north to the Cave du Cochon warehouse.


  • Parcel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Parcel Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015

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