Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has launched a wine collection, paying tribute to his Northern suburbs roots with a "fine, elegant" pinot noir called Mowbray Boy.
Partnering with the award-winning winemaker Ben Riggs, the 45-year-old, who notched 168 tests in his playing career and 13,378 runs, has prepared the Ponting Wines range for public release.
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"Ben and I spent time together in South Australia and travelled to Northern Tasmania to personally select this range of wines," Ponting said. "We are proud to bring to you our first release under the Ponting Wines label, with more exciting wines coming online soon."
The 2019 Mowbray Boy pinot noir ($199 per six pack) is a highlight among the collection, in which each wine represents a different aspect of Ponting's life.
"As a boy I learned about cricket and life listening to the stories of my dad and the men of the Mowbray Cricket Club," Ponting said.
Riggs said Mowbray Boy was "fruit-driven, dripping with savoury cherries and ripe strawberries".
"[It's] a perfect wine for duck, preferably barbequed," he said.
The pinot noir, which was selected and blended in the Tamar Valley, is said to showcase "characteristics of savoury spicy red cherries", according to Ponting Wines' website.
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