Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

The Botham All-Rounder Chardonnay 2017

The entry level white in the range is made from Botham’s favourite white grape: Chardonnay.

Using wine from right across Australia, this Chardonnay was blended by Botham to meet his taste for ripe styles, be they white or red.

Speaking exclusively to db, Botham said that he had created the wine from a choice of 450 different Chardonnays, and had insisted the final blend contained 30% white wine from Margaret River in Western Australia, which is famous for its high-quality Chardonnays, often with flavours of stone fruit, such as peaches and apricots.

The rest of the wine comes from a range of parcels in South Eastern Australia.

Considering this is a white that retails for £8 in the UK, it is a high standard of Chardonnay, with lots of peach and apricot fruit along with a touch of apple and grapefruit, giving it a fresh sensation on the finish. It’s not an especially complex wine, but has an appealing youthful fruitiness and balancing acidity. Certainly a good introduction to Botham’s tastes.

Score: 88

RRP: £8

ABV: 12.5%

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5 Responses 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

  2. Ruth Ratcliffe says:

    Bought a bottle of your Cabernet Savignon – never again. Promoted by The Wine Rack.Stick with cricket commentating. Your wines leave a lot to be desired. Not recommended.

  3. Rodney Smith says:

    Very sceptical when offered both red and white Botham wine at the Wentworth PGA golf today.
    I thought they were spectacular. I would definitely recommend wine lovers to try them.

  4. David Humphreyson says:

    Just tried the Chardonnay loving it . Wouldn’t mind this in a cask for out on the gin terrace for the ladies .

  5. Jeff Dakin says:

    I confess I am not a cricket fan, but having just had a trip to Australia thought I would try a bottle of the ‘all rounder’ by Ian Botham. Cant tell you how disappointed I was. Not one to take to a party and own up to it!

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