Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

The 81 Series Barossa Shiraz 2017

Representing the year that Botham led England to victory in the Ashes, later dubbed the ‘Botham Ashes’, this red hails from several vineyards in the Barossa, and has, like the other wines in the line-up, been blended by Botham to create a wine he would be happy to serve at home.

This is another lovely and typically Australian expression of Shiraz, with masses of black fruit and an attractive plummy and gently spicy edge, although, unlike the All-Rounder, this has a touch of chocolate from barrel influence, and more power and persistence due to the superior grape sourcing, with some old vine fruit employed in the blend.

Score: 91+

RRP: £12

ABV: 14.5%

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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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