“Raising a glass with team mates at the close of play, when the game was done and the crowd was gone, they were the special moments.” - Ricky Ponting
This is a wine that honours that tradition and is the perfect ‘finale’ for any get together.
“Soft and silky in style, this wine shows generous red berry fruits with touches of mint and clove. Langhorne Creek is famous for wines of pure drinking enjoyment and this is a wine of great character and style.”
Close of Play is a wine of great character and style. Showing generous red berry fruits with touches of mint and clove. The palate has great depth, is soft, silky and wonderfully balanced.
Ponting Wines is a collaboration between one of Australia’s most celebrated 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.
Each wine reflects Ricky’s life and has been carefully crafted by Ben to ensure flavour, structure and complexity are of the highest quality.
Langhorne Creek has a cool maritime climate, this is due to a wind known as the Lake Doctor coming off Lake Alexandrina travelling across the Antarctic and Southern Ocean to the Langhorne Creek vines. Soil throughout the region is predominantly deep, alluvial sandy loams, with patches of black, self-mulching clays.
2021 Vintage was a great year. The reliable, cooling southerly breezes most evenings during the summer and autumn ripening periods made the difference yet again, allowing good flavour development and excellent quality.
Fruit for Close of Play was destemmed and crushed into 5-tonne open fermenters. The wine underwent maceration for 8-11 days and was then pressed straight into oak, a 30% new French and 5% American combination, to complete malolactic fermentation.
The perfect wine worth sharing with family and friends as a ‘finale’ at any get together.