James Anderson launches wine collection

From left to right - No.11, No.54, No.81
From left to right - No.11, No.54, No.81

England fast bowler James Anderson is his country's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, has launched a beer in his own name and has now launched a collection of wine inspired by his own career.

The Numbers Collection features a red, white and rose wine made in the Languedoc.

Anderson worked with fifth generation family producer Robert Vic Domaine Preignes Le Vieux based in Beziers and the names of the wines hold special importance for Anderson.

The No.11 Reserve Blanc 2014 is a blend of 65 per cent Vermantino, 20 per cent Sauvignon Blanc, 5 per cent Chardonnay, 5 per cent Viognier and 5 per cent Columbard.

"I have batted in every position in Test matches for England, apart from number 1 and 2," Anderson explains.

"No. 11 is where I have been used most, and I scored my highest score, 81, at No 11, a record for an Englishman.

"But even after this feat, numbers 1 and 2 still elude me."

The No. 54 Reserve Rosé is made from 65 per cent Cinsault and 35 per cent Grenache grapes.

Anderson explains: "I went 54 England test innings from my debut without being dismissed for a duck (O).

"This is a world record; not one I’m overly proud of, but a record nonetheless."

The No. 81 Reserve Red 2014 is a blend of 45 per cent Grenache, 30 per cent Cinsault and 25 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.

"I scored 81 for England against India in 2014, my highest score in any form of cricket," Anderson says.

"This innings was part of a world record 10th-wicket stand of 198 with Joe Root at Trent Bridge. 

"A hundred is surely just around the corner!"

The wines are available at £9.95 (RRP) through independent wine merchant Milton Sanford Wine's online retail website winecellarclub.co.uk.

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