Howzat! It’s A Six From Sir Ian Botham
One of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game, Sir Ian Botham, has now turned his attention to the wine industry. Choosing specially selected parcels of grapes from his favourite wine regions, Sir Ian has created these amazing ranges.
The All-Rounder Range
Named for Sir Ian’s skill as both a bowler and batsman, the all rounder range is just that, an all rounder. The price? Normally £8.49, but down to £6.99 for the duration of the Cricket World Cup.
Our opening batsman is The All Rounder Pinot Grigio. Blending the best parcels of Pinot Grigio from all over South Eastern Australia this is a perfect example of new world PG.
A classic pale straw colour the wine has delicate pear and green apple notes on the nose. This is balanced in mouth by a zesty, fresh flavour with a refreshing acidity.
This chardonnay is ideal for those who like a fresh, unoaked Chardonnay. 30% of the grapes used for this wine were picked in the Margaret River region which is world renowned for it’s Chardonnay production.
Fresh with melon, peach and citrus on the nose, it is rich and full in mouth. Pair this with it’s juicy grapefruit and peach flavours and it’s definitely one you’ll revisit.
A surprisingly drinkable young Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the pair for the All Rounder series. 30% of this wine was sourced from the Coonawara region.
Normally a Cabernet of this age would taste very closed and it would need to be aged to bring out it’s potential. In this case the aromas of blackberry and black cherry are very apparent, and the palate is plush and inviting.
It is very well balanced with finely integrated tannins.
The Botham Series
The Botham series is the next step up from the All Rounder series. Carefully blended with a selection of head winemakers from some of Australia’s finest wineries, this series contains 3 offerings.
Normally these wines are £14.49 each. For the duration of the Cricket World Cup we’re knocking them down to just £11.99 each
The 76 series marks the year Sir Ian first scored 1000 runs in a season, playing in Australia for Melbourne Cricket Club. This is a full bodied, in your face chardonnay with well integrated oak.
White peach and citrus on the nose, drifting amongst the toasty oak aromas. In mouth the wine is rich and buttery with lashings of stone fruit and cirtus flavours.
The 80 series marks the year Sir Ian became the first player to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same match.
The nose is intense with a lot of ripe fruit and earthy cedar character. The palate is dominated by dark fruit flavours such as black cherry and plum with hints of mint.
The balance is already incredible but this wine will mellow and develop in bottle over the next 2-4 years.
This wine represents the ‘Botham Ashes’, where Sir Ian led the England team to ashes victory over Australia.
It’s a typical Barossa Shiraz, with spicy chocolate and plum aromas. Flavours of blackberry and plum are interspersed with sweet spice and chocolate.
The 81 Series is a really full, well rounded wine, and deliciously soft.