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Friday 12 May 2023

Border aims to hit a six with maiden wine release

Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border has joined a growing number of sportsmen endorsing collectible wines.

Border joins the likes of golfer Ernie Else and another former cricket star in Ricky Ponting in playing  the wine game.

Border’s shiraz - to be known as Maiden Tonne - has been released by Sanguine Estate Winery in limited numbers via an online ballot.

Only 2,000 bottles will be released of what is the first entry into wine for Border and the first collaboration for Sanguine.

The wine is named for Border’s maiden Test century in 1979 against Pakistan at the MCG.

“I am proud of the Maiden Tonne Shiraz,” Border said in a media statement.

“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.”

Sanguine Estate is owned and run by the Hunter family in Heathcote, Victoria.

The wine will cost $150 per bottles and there will be a limit of two bottles per person. See

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