Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

Sir Ian Botham Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

While the All-Rounder tier represents a blend of wines right across Australia, and the Botham Series comprises a selection of wines from particular regions, the range-topping Sir Ian Botham wines are made up of special parcels, made in partnership with renowned Australian winemakers.

So, the Sir Ian Botham Chardonnay hails from one of the greatest places for this grape in Australia – the Adelaide Hills – and has been made with one of this region’s most respected names, Marty Edwards from The Lane Vineyard.

The wine is delicious, with a mix of peachiness but also citrusy brightness, along with a touch of toasty, slightly smoky oak, and a hint of lemon curd. It is still youthful, with layers of distinct flavours, and, although hard not to drink now, has the potential to age and improve.

Botham told db that he asked Marty to put the wine back into oak barriques for a further six weeks to give the Chardonnay more creaminess, making it a top-end white in keeping with the cricketer’s liking for fuller styles of wine.

Score: 94

RRP: £30

ABV: 13%

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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