Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

Sir Ian Botham Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The final wine in the current line-up is sourced from Botham’s great friend and winemaker Geoff Merrill, who the cricketer has worked with for almost 20 years under the Botham Merrill Willis label, shortened to BMW.

In fact, Botham admits that the Cabernet he was shown by Merrill for this range-topping red was so good, it was the only wine in the line-up that the cricketer didn’t “tamper” with.

And one can understand why, with this particular offer being a highlight in the range, combining intense blackcurrant fruit, and a hint of mintiness, along with notes of dark chocolate and cedar.

Although it is a powerful wine, it doesn’t show too much sweetness, or alcohol warmth, and has a mouth-cleansing fine dense tannic structure. It may be from the 2014 vintage, but it still seems youthful, with plenty of years ahead of it to evolve and develop further complexity.

Score: 95

RRP: £30

ABV: 14.5%

Closure: Natural cork

One Response to “Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated”

  1. Well, it is interesting. Liam Steevenson MW just got his first lot produced in India, naming it Yaatra. I would have wished there were collaboration between Sir Botham and Sula -firstly because he has been a very popular cricketer in India and his name would sell. Secondly, his friend and colleague Nick Pringle was working for Sula Vineyards in Nashik as COO. But he quit the company On August 2. With that thread gone, the process would be delayed anyway. But I hope he can work with Indian producers one day. Jean Charles Boisset of Burgundy/ Napa has launched 3 variants with Fratelli Vineyards, which were written about recently in your magazine. A lot of interesting wines are now being produced in India. KRSMA is a boutique producer which has been exporting to the US, selling at over $30 a bottle. Cheers! Jai Ho!!
    Cav. Subhash Arora

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