BEEFY WINES

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Sir Ian Botham is well known for his crick­et­ing prow­ess but dur­ing his time play­ing in and against Aus­tralia, he fell in love with our wines. He’s now re­leased his epony­mous range ex­clu­sive to Cel­lar­mas­ters and Dan Mur­phy’s, with pric­ing from $11 to $100. Here’s three from the mid-tier price range cel­e­brat­ing great crick­et­ing sea­sons for ‘Beefy’. THE BOTHAM 76 SE­RIES, CHARDON­NAY, 2017

Grapes from Mar­garet River give a nose of ripe stone­fruits, creamy butter, bread crust and grape­fruit cit­rus. Plenty of oomph for big chardon­nay lovers with toasty vanilla oak, sweet peachy stone­fruit and a clean fin­ish. Rat­ing: 7.5/10 RRP: $17.99 Alc: 13% THE BOTHAM 81 SE­RIES, SHI­RAZ, 2017

Barossa by the book. Rich plum and black­berry, lash­ings of choc/vanilla oak, cracked pep­per­corn and some crushed ant (naturally oc­cur­ring formic acid). Medium to full bod­ied, plenty of ripe fruit and spiced, licorice fin­ish. Rat­ing: 8/10 RRP: $17.99 Alc: 14.5% THE BOTHAM 80 SE­RIES, CABER­NET, 2016

From Coon­awarra, this de­liv­ers va­ri­etal black­cur­rant fruit, cedary oak, fresh turned earth and wild mint. Re­splen­dent with tight dark berry flavour and plenty of chewy, teeth coat­ing tan­nins. Fin­ishes with lin­ger­ing choc/mint. Rat­ing: 8.5/10 RRP: $17.99 Alc: 14.5%

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