Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

The Botham 76 Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2017

Moving up in terms of price and quality, the next three wines in Botham’s new line-up are all regional expressions of Australia’s signature grapes – Chardonnay, Cabernet and Shiraz.

This tier, price at £12, has been named the Botham Series, with each wine celebrating a year that Botham performed a remarkable cricketing feat.

Starting with the 76 Series Margaret River Chardonnay, this represents the year he first scored 1000 runs in one season and played grade cricket for the illustrious Melbourne Cricket club.

As the name shows, this Chardonnay is sourced entirely from Western Australia’s Margaret River region, using fruit from two specific vineyards, one closer to the sea for more citrus flavours and the other further inland to bring more stone fruit characters.

The result is a structured, bright, medium-weight style of white wine with ripe fruit. Combining flavours of lemon and apple with apricots and melon, along with a note of peanuts from lees stirring and barrel maturation, this is a wine with many layers, and enough power to serve with a range of foods.

Score: 91

RRP: £12

ABV: 13%

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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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