Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has unveiled the latest product in its Male Millennial wine range, “The Banished”, and added an Augmented Reality app for its 19 Crimes range as it looks to drive popularity with males aged 18 to 34.
“The Banished” is a dark red blend, produced using extra tannin extract, which TWE says leaves a taste with enhanced darker fruits and dark chocolate notes on the finish. It is the latest addition to TWE’s 19 Crimes portfolio – the 19 crimes referring to the various offences which could lead to people being transported for life to Australia during Victorian times.
Each of the wines in the range features a different real Victorian who suffered transportation for life on its label. “The Banished” features James Wilson, a convict who was found guilty of treason in the 19th Century for involvement with the Irish Fenian movement and sent to Australia, although he later escaped to America.
With the launch of “The Banished”, TWE is now making a big push in the run up to Hallowe’en. 19 Crimes will be supported in retail over the coming weeks with a neck collar promotion which features a new 19 Crimes app, which uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology. The app brings to life two of 19 Crimes’ criminals-turned-colonists. Hovering a mobile hand-held device (e.g. mobile phone or tablet) over the bottles will bring the character on the label to life, sharing their stories of rule-breaking that sent them across the ocean to Australia.
TWE says Male Millennial wines are one of the growing success stories in the wine sector. Kantar recently outlined a significant gap in wine consumption amongst men aged between 18-34, with their insights showing that only 34.4% of Male Millennials drank wine purchased in the off-trade each month, the lowest of any demographic group.
In the 12 months leading up to July 15th this year, the Male Millennial segment has shown 95% value growth, and TWE claims that 19 Crimes is performing extremely well.
Since its launch in the UK in 2015, the brand has grown significantly with latest figures showing the brand enjoying a 86% year on year value growth in total off-trade in the 12 months up to July 15th, while in grocery it has a rate of sale over four time higher that of its nearest competitor. At the same time, it has added significant value to the overall wine category, with an average price of over £7 a bottle.
Tom King, Managing Director, TWE Europe, says: “This is a very exciting time for the 19 Crimes brand. The latest market insights show that there is strong demand for our wines amongst this very important market segment. So it is a perfect time to launch “The Banished” in the UK, a wine that perfectly targets our core consumers.”
King adds: “We are also hugely excited by the launch of our Augmented Reality app across the whole 19 Crimes range. Our insight clearly shows that millennials like brands with real and authentic stories and our AR innovation brings the 19 Crimes story to life. There is nothing else like it out there in the market and you really have to try it to see how good it is. It speaks directly to our target consumer and is yet another string to the bow of this fantastic brand.”
19 Crimes is currently the wine sponsor of the London Craft Beer Festival – a series of three consumer Craft Beer events that are taking place across the UK this summer – namely in Edinburgh, London and Bristol. At each event, the brand has an active presence with both the Red Blend and “The Banished” served at the “Barrel and Wheel”, a bespoke wine bar, which matches the wines with a selection of cheeses.
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies, with a portfolio which includes Penfolds, Lindemann’s, Wolf Blass, Beringer, Gabbiano and Greg Norman Estates. TWE is focused on portfolio premiumisation and brand-led marketing and its wine is sold in more than 70 countries around the world.