Cricketer Ricky Ponting and winemaker Ben Riggs have collaborated to release a wine range called Ponting Wines.
Each wine in the range “reflects Ricky’s life” has been carefully crafted using grapes from a variety of his favourite wine regions.
Riggs is famed for his Mr Riggs Wine Co, founded in 2001 after he spent decades creating vintages at McLaren Vale’s Wirra Wirra.
“Ben and I spent time together in South Australia and travelled to Northern Tasmania to personally select this range of wines,” Ponting reveals on the official website.
“We are proud to bring to you our first release under the Ponting Wines label, with more exciting wines coming on line soon.”
Ponting 366 is the “pride of the collection”, a testimony to the cricketer’s 168 Tests, 13,378 runs and 41 magnificent centuries. Riggs has crafted a classically Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet from McLaren Vale and Coonawarra grapes.
The Pioneer Chardonnay and the Mowbray Boy Pinot Noir are born from the cricketer’s love of Tasmania. These wines acknowledge his family heritage and his formative years at the Mowbray Cricket Club as a child protege, who would one day captain his country.
The Pinnacle McLaren Vale Shiraz honours the most famous of all cricket battles, the Ashes. Ponting played 35 tests played, captained 18, scored eight centuries and 2476 test runs.
The Close of Play Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon acknowledges the tradition of raising a glass with team mates at the end of a match.
Prices of each wine start from $149 for a case of six bottles.