Always a bit sceptical about celebrity endorsed wines but in this case the man himself cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is renowned as a passionate wine lover especially the Aussie stuff and was deeply involved with the creation and actual making of these wines working closely with award wining wine makers Nick Badrice, (Chief winemaker Dorrien Estate, Barossa valley) Marty Edwards (The Lane vineyard, Adelaide Hills) and Geoff Merrill (McLaren Vale).
There are 3 in his ‘All Rounder’ range a Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and three in his ‘Series Range’ a Margaret River Chardonnay, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and a Barossa Shiraz.
The Series referred to are for his career cricketing achievements, 76 series (Chardonnay) for the year in which when he played for Melbourne and scored 1000 runs, the 80 series (Cab Sauvignon) for scoring a century and taking ten wickets in a match and the 81 series (Shiraz) the so called ‘Botham Ashes’ leading the team to victory against Australia.
At the moment I’v only tasted two of the range both Chardonnay’s, first one from his entry level ‘All rounder’ series and the second from his Series range.
Botham ‘All Rounder’ Chardonnay
This is his entry level Chardonnay from South Eastern Australia, a smart looking bottle with its Cricket stump logo and what turned out to be a smart tasting wine. A fairly muted nose nose of tropical fruits but with a citrus twist, taste wise this was more on the fruity side and rather less on the buttery, oaked flavours but for a refreshing white wine this really hit the spot with citrus flavours of grapefruit, gooseberries, lemon, a hint of tropical, including peaches and pineapple. As in the man himself this is a real crowd pleaser and for around £8, great value. Waitrose and others for around £8
Botham 76 Series Chardonnay
Premier range Margaret River Chardonnay.
Nose of tropical fruits and lanolin, much more noticeable aroma than the ‘All Rounder’ more noticeable citrus flavours in the taste, including Lemon and lime but with lovely fresh acidity and a nice dollop of creamy buttery oak to finish with. This really is a step up quality for just a little more money but well worth it. Waitrose £10.99
Really impressed with both of these especially the 76 Series, so arise sir Ian Botham top cricketer and now top wine maker, good on yer’ mate.