A chocolatey and indulgent Aussie red

2008 Botham Merrill Willis, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

2008 Botham Merrill Willis, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia (£16.55, Christopher Piper Wines, 01404-814139; Park Vintners, 020-8944 5224; York Wines, 01347-878716; Cheers Wine Merchants, 0845-226 3253, ; The Wine Reserve, 01932-866682; The Naked Grape, 01420-562060).

I sat next to Geoff Merrill and Bob Willis the other day at a big winey event at Australia House and we drank a few flagons of top Aussie red.

I have known Geoff for years – he is a superb winemaker and what one would call a top Aussie bloke. He is a prodigious party animal and it is not surprising that he partnered up with his two best mates and cricketing chums to create a delicious range of wines.

Bob is an experienced wine lover and Beefy is an accomplished drinker and my featured wine is their finest current release.

Made from a blend of Coonawarra and McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon, this is a stunning cassis, eucalyptus and mint-leaf-imbued wine. The texture is chocolatey and indulgent.

Fire up your barbie, knock the top off this delicious red, and raise a toast to these heroic lads.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

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