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Saturday 9 September 2023

Meet the Formula One ace roaring into the wine industry

Meet the latest celebrity wine release: a most unlikely one.

Finnish Formula One driver Valterri Bottas has combined with winemaker Corrina Wright from Oliver's Taranga to craft a McLaren Vale shiraz he is calling Ihana.

The name Ihana is Finnish for wonderful or fantastic and is a word Bottas uses for "the truly exceptional".

The collaboration has been tagged Valtteri Bottas x Oliver’s Taranga.

Bottas says "a wine made by two such driven perfectionists was only ever going to be ‘Ihana’."

The F1 racer spends a lot of time in Australia - his partner is Australian professional cyclist Tiffany Cromwell - and has apparently fallen in love with the bold reds of McLaren Vale.

A two-bottle gift box of the 2022 Ihana Shiraz costs $160 and is described as a limited release collectors item. Each bottle is individually numbered.


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