Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated

Sir Ian Botham Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Hailing as one might expect from the heart of the Barossa, Sir Ian blended this Single Vineyard Shiraz with Nick Badrice, head winemaker at Dorrien Estate, using fruit from its Estate Koch Road parcel, which is just south of Tanunda, and contains vines over 30 years of age.

The result is a wine with inviting scents and flavours of black cherry and ripe plums, complemented by a touch of vanilla and coffee notes from maturation in French oak. It is juicy but not fat, and gently spicy while ripe, and, although concentrated, it has a nice lift on the finish. Delicious.

Score: 93

RRP: £30

ABV: 15%

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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