Police are appealing to anyone who has been offered or has seen on sale distinctive bottles of wine that have been stolen from Mid Sussex.
At 8.45am on Friday (27 February) a burglary was reported at a vineyard in Foxhole Lane, Bolney.
More than 5,000 bottles of wine with a total estimated value of more than £110,000 were stolen by intruders who broke into a warehouse between 6pm on Thursday (February 26) and 8.45am on Friday.
Among those stolen were more than 1,300 bottles of Linter’s Red, which have been produced specifically for Marks and Spencer but have not gone on sale yet.
Also taken were a total of 840 bottles of Lychgate White, which were withdrawn from sale several years ago and cannot be purchased, along with 540 bottles of each of Sirius Rosé, Blanc de Blanc and Bolney Bubbly as well as 206 bottles of Cuvee Rose.
More than 1,000 of the bottles stolen were two types of High Clandon, an English sparkling wine. They have distinctive designs on their bottles and had a total value of more than £31,000.
The High Clandon bottles stand out especially with their silver or gold neck collar, oak leaf pattern and words Quintessance of England on it.Detective Constable Mark Butcher
Detective Constable Mark Butcher said: “The High Clandon bottles stand out especially with their silver or gold neck collar, oak leaf pattern and words Quintessance of England on it. Apparently there is nothing else like it in the UK. We are appealing to anyone who might have seen these bottles on sale in the last week or who has been offered the chance to buy them.
“We are also investigating the theft of 350 cases of Bottega Gold sparkling wine and 20 to 25 cases of Bottega Rose from a warehouse in Pease Pottage over the weekend (February 27 to March 2).
“The Bottega Rose are 75cl pink bottles but the Bottega Gold bottles are gold coloured and are only 20cl each so are also very distinctive.”
Anyone who has any information about these incident is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 258 of 27/02, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.