English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham launches Coonawarra Cab Sav

English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham launched his range of wines (which includes a Coonawarra Cab) with a lunch matched with his wines at the Members Pavilion at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday, with Today Show sports presenter Tim Gilbert as MC.

"Cricket has been and gone. But cricket gave me the springboard to do what I've always wanted to do, and that's getting involved with wine," he said.

The Botham Wines collection includes seven wines across three different tiers – ranging from $11 to $100 per bottle – all made in Australia’s premium wine regions.

The Botham 80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 16 represents the year he became the first player in test history to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same match.

The Cabernet Sauvignon’s tasting notes reveal a great depth of rich fruit with typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of black cherry, mulberry, aromatic cedar, touches of mint, pepper and earthiness combine with integrated French oak. A full bodied wine with a highly structured palate of balanced tannins and a fine acidity, producing a wine of great intensity, complexity and length.

Sir Ian Botham has spent over 40 years both playing and commentating on international cricket. During this time, he has travelled the world, and spent time nurturing his other passion off the field; wine, and the art of creating it.

“My philosophy going into this was simple. I knew the style of wine I was looking for, and I wanted to offer exceptional, but reasonably priced, wines. I truly believe the wines we’ve brought to market are exceptional varietal examples from their respective regions,” Sir Ian said.

The wines were made working closely with award-winning Australian winemakers, including Nick Badrice, Chief Winemaker at Dorrien Estate in the Barossa, Marty Edwards, Head Vigneron at The Lane in Adelaide Hills and his old friend, Geoff Merrill of Geoff Merrill wines.

The wines are available exclusively through Cellarmasters, with a single bottle of the The Botham 80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 16 retailing for $17.99 and a case of six retailing for $215.88.