Constellation Europe is launching a quirky range of premium Aussie wines that are inspired by the exploits of a 19th-century outlaw.

The Bandit range, available from next month, will join Constellation's Houghton portfolio to add some "quirky and unique" appeal to the wine fixture.

Named after the Aussie jailbreaker Moondyne Joe, also known as The Bandit, the wine labels tell the story of the rogue's last night of freedom and his capture in the Houghton wine cellars in 1869.

The range comprises Shiraz Tempranillo 2008, Chardonnay Viognier 2008 and the unusual Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Gris 2009 (rsp: £8.99) a rare combination of grapes designed to appeal to a drinker who "likes to experiment now and again", said a Constellation spokeswoman.

The range will be available from Ocado, and the Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Gris from The Co-operative.

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