The Ponting Wines Story
Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated modern-day cricketers, Ricky Ponting, and Ben Riggs, an award-winning Australian winemaker known for uncompromising, high quality wines. Masters of their craft, their partnership has been forged to celebrate their dedication and achievements. Who is Ricky Ponting? In addition to being an Australian icon, Ricky Ponting is arguably one of the most successful cricketers of all time. As captain, Ricky won two consecutive World Cup titles and remains the second best Australian batsman after Sir Donald Bradman. Today, with his wife Rianna, he has helped raise in excess of $10 million to help young Australians fight cancer, and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2012.    Who is Ben Riggs? Ben Riggs, otherwise known as Mr Riggs, has been in the wine industry for more than 35 years and founded his eponymous Mr Riggs Wine in 2001. During over 45 vintages, Ben has worked in the vineyards of Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece and Italy, earning him over 100 trophies, recognition as McLaren Vale’s “Bushing King” twice as well as two nominations for Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the Year.  Where are Ponting Wines from? Each wine reflects Ricky’s life and has been carefully crafted by Ben to ensure flavour, structure and complexity are of the highest quality. Through extensive contacts with growers, Ben’s winery in South Australia has access to premium fruit from the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale. The result is unpretentious wines that reflect the unique terroir of each region.  The Ponting Milestone 127 Shiraz marks Ricky’s milestone innings of 127 - his first Ashes Test and maiden Test century. Ben captures this milestone through hand-selected parcels of Shiraz from the Barossa Valley.  The Ponting Close of Play Cabernet Sauvignon honours the tradition of raising a glass with team mates at the close of play - “the special moments”, Ricky calls them.  The Wine Collective is proud to share these two great Australians and their partnership which celebrates combined dedication and achievements through the highest quality wine. 
Why's this wine for you?

What happens when you cross an International Cricket Superstar and one of the most renowned winemakers operating in the industry today? Turns out you get some pretty spectacular wine.

The Wine Collective have been championing these wines since day one and now immensely proud to be hosting this new round of releases. We’ll be celebrating these hits all week long and until (DATE) will be offering you the chance to win some spectacular Ponting memorabilia. Each bottle of any of the four wines purchased gives one entry into the draw to win a Kookaburra bat signed by Ricky himself alongside a bottle of the pinnacle of the collection, the 2018 vintage of the Ponting 366 McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz replete in it’s own (also signed!) gift box.

That classic Australian blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, this one is blended from fruit from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale then aged in a blend of a new and older oak. It’s been hitting the critics for six, including the Decanter World Wine Awards Panel, who awarded it a Platinum trophy.

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How's it taste?
A treasure to enjoy now or savour in decades to come, this classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet from the famous regions McLaren Vale and Coonawarra is tradition and power in a glass. Aged in new and older oak and blended to create a style of enduring flavour, structure and finesse.
How was it made?
A traditional style, following the traditions of wine making. The wine is elegant, textured with great structure and lovely savoury fruit characters. A treasure to enjoy now or savour in decades to come, this classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet from the famous regions McLaren Vale and Coonawarra is tradition and power in a glass. Aged in new and older oak and blended to create a style of enduring flavour, structure and finesse. Grapes sourced for this wine came from 30 years plus vineyards that define the classic expressions of these two famous wine regions.

*Note - the bottle featured above has been personally signed by Ricky Ponting. While we'd love to be able to get Ricky to ink every bottle we send out, the wine you receive will remain unadorned (unless you can hunt him down at the MCG or SCG, then you've definitely got yourselves a collector's item).
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97 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards
Platinum Award Winner. Intense black fruit perfumes on the nose, and a sweet, luscious palate, with vanilla, cedar and leather and beautifully integrated pencilly oak. A layered, poised and confident wine with purity and restraint. One that will age gracefully.
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95 Points
Ralph Kyte-Powell - The Real Review
This blend of McLaren Vale and Coonawarra shiraz and cabernet is a wine of some finesse, and finesse isn't always associated with Aussie wines in toe-breakingly heavy bottles like this one. It has appealing aromas of cassis, plum cake, gentle spice, cocoa, and skilfully-handled oak. It's smooth and lush in the mouth, full-bodied and lingering in flavour, with soft, ripe tannins folded through in excellent balance. A classy example of the big South Australian red.
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93 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
It’s a hefty wine in flavour terms but it’s coated in vanilla cream, so it feels soft. There’s a lot of fruit and a lot of oak here, both, but it feels well-integrated and harmonious. Mint, dark chocolate, blackcurrant and scorched plum flavours work deliciously, if brutally, well. There’s a firmness to the tannin, less integrated than the fruit-oak but it still manages to sit well. It’s a bruising encounter right now though of course there’s a time and place for that. But it should hold and mature over the long-ish term
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