Legendary cricketer Allan Border is releasing a wine.
Partnering up with Heathcote's Sanguine Estate, the ex-test captain will release a limited edition (2,000 bottles only) red known as the 2021 Sanguine Estate Allan Border Maiden Tonne Shiraz.
AB was apparently quite involved in this wine's production, too, as he explained this week:
'I am proud of the Maiden Tonne Shiraz.' he said.
'This is not just a wine that I have put my name to. I have been actively involved in the entire process, from picking the grapes right through to the blending and final tasting'.
'I would really like to thank Mark (Hunter, Sanguine winemaker), who allowed me to come up with a wine that I can genuinely say is unique and very special to me.'
It seems that having your own wine is clearly a thing for Australian cricketing greats, with AB joining the likes of Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne (RIP) with their own vinous release, with Ricky's Ponting Wines arguably the most successful.
More broadly, cricket and wine seem to go hand-in-hand, with English cricketers Geoff Willis & Ian Botham involved for some time with McLaren Vale winemaker Geoff Merrill on the Botham Merrill Willis range, and South African legends Jacques Kallis & Mark Boucher also released a selection under the Rietvallei label back in 2012.
If you want to score a bottle of Allan Border's Shiraz, you're going to need to enter the ballot on the Sanguine website (open until the 15th May). Each bottle will set you back $150 + shipping.