| Sir Ian Botham, President of LLR, is marking this extra special 25th anniversary of his first walk, with two very special vintage releases of Botham-Merrill-Willis wines. |
Cricket legends and fellow wine buffs Ian Botham and Bob Willis joined forces with one of Australia's top wine makers, Geoff Merrill, to launch their own range of fine wines. Botham Merrill Willis wines - BMW for short - was born out of the cricketers' mutual love of Australian wine, developed over many years during their tours Down Under with the England team.
Geoff Merrill took the leading role in selecting the grapes and blending the wines. Ian Botham and Bob Willis were consulted at each stage of the process, trying a variety of samples before agreeing on a final blend.
The palate displays fresh fruits and a silky texture with very fine tannins. Toasted smoky oak, well balanced acid and concentrated fruit flavours provide a great structure to this wine. Youthful and vibrant, the complexities that only bottle age can bring are just beginning to develop. Although drinking well now, the rewards of cellaring will add new dimensions to the enjoyment of this wine.