Wines to watch the Ashes with

Jim Barry The Cover Drive cabernet sauvignon 2011, Conawarra
Jim Barry The Cover Drive cabernet sauvignon 2011, Conawarra

Australia's experimentation with grapes is paying off

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The Ashes may well have been retained, but with the last test starting at the Oval next week, here are a few wines to enjoy while watching the cricket.

Firstly, what could be more appropriate than an English fizz produced at Hambledon – a place that will forever be associated with cricket.

Hambledon ‘Mill Down’ Brut 2010 (available from the vineyard, £24.95, and Hermitage Cellars) is the first release following extensive replanting of the vineyard and investment in a new winery.

If this is a sign of things to come, we are going to be very grateful having wines of this calibre on our doorstep.

It has a lovely nose with notes of cox apples and citrus fruits, including orange and some lovely richness.

This is followed by a sleek well-balanced palate leading to a long finish.

Jim Barry The Cover Drive cabernet sauvignon 2011, Conawarra

The vineyard, where most of the grapes come from for this, actually sits on an old cricket pitch. The nose has cedar, herbs and cassis with a hint of mint, followed by a rich palate with soft tannins. From one of Australia’s great wine families, this is beautifully presented.

Morrisons £11.49, Majestic £13.74, but it’s £10.99 each if you buy two.