As I’ve said in an earlier review of celebrity endorsed wines I’m always a bit sceptical but I must say in this case that scepticism is unfounded, the Botham range of wines in which I have now tasted three, are well made and for the price more than hold there own against similarly priced wines.
Sir Ian Botham, as well as being one of England’s all time best cricketers is also a passionate wine lover, especially fond of Australian wines and set up a venture with renowned Aussie wine makers Nick Badrice, (Chief winemaker Dorrien Estate, Barossa valley) Marty Edwards (The Lane vineyard, Adelaide Hills) and Geoff Merrill (McLaren Vale).
The ‘All Rounder’ range consists of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, the last two of which I have tasted are well made entry level wines. There are also three in his premier ‘Series Range’ a Margaret River Chardonnay (which I have reviewed see here) , 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.
The ‘All Rounder’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This is Ian’s entry level Cabernet and I must say for the price this was a pretty decent effort. An attractive cricketing theme label adorns the bottle, when opened the wine was dark purple in colour along with aromas of dark fruits, blackcurrants, blackberries, vanilla, cedar and menthol. The Black fruits continue in the taste with along with a touch of vanilla and wood. This was lovely easy drinking with fine tannin’s and a lingering finish.
For around £8 (various Outlets) this is fantastic value for money and I enjoyed it a lot. Still got to taste the Pinot Grigio (‘All Rounder’) and the Cabernet and Shiraz in the (‘Series Range’), very much looking forward to trying them and I will post a further review (the 3rd Test) with my thoughts.
Being a Cricket fan myself I love it when we are bashing the Aussies but I’m also a big fan of their wines and well done Ian for bringing us this range of Australian wines, “Good on ya’ mate“