Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

The 80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Named to represent the year that Botham became the first player in test history to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same match, the 80 Series Cabernet comes entirely from Coonawarra, which generally produces a relatively restrained style of red wine from this grape.

And, this wine certainly has plenty of classic fairly cool-climate Cabernet characters, from blackcurrant to mint and cedar. Indeed, it is typical of its source region, and has a medium-weight feel, with some dry fine-grained tannin to ensure a dry, mouth-watering finish. It is youthful and ready to drink, but has potential to evolve and gain complexity with another 3-5 years in the bottle.

Score: 92

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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