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Heavy metal legends Motörhead release wine

Rock legends Motörhead have released their own wine, an Australian Shiraz loaded with attitude – as well as fruity aromas and rounded tannins.

Motörhead Shiraz 2010 is produced in Southeast Australia by Broken Back Winery.

The wine has already enjoyed some success in Scandinavia – where the band also has a huge following – and is now being released in the UK.

According to a statement released by Motörhead’s publicist, the wine has been ‘carefully selected by the hardrock legends’ for its ‘fruity aroma, flavours of vanilla, blackberries, plums, eucalyptus and liquorice…[and] soft rounded tannins.’

The band recommends drinking it with grilled lamb chops with garlic and rosemary, although it comes with a warning from Lemmy (pictured), legendary bassist and founder.

‘My advice is – approach it with caution. I mean, wine is deceptive, anything can happen.’

Ewen Cameron of distributor Great Wine Online said, ‘This is rock ‘n roll’s grape number one, and just like Lemmy it can survive just about anything.’

Motörhead, formed in 1975 by Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilminster – who had been sacked from his previous band, Hawkwind, for ‘doing the wrong drugs’, as he put it – is one of the most enduring and greatest bands of the 1970s English heavy metal scene.

The Virgin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music describes their ‘fearsome barrage of instruments topped off by Lemmy’s hoarse invocations’ and pays tribute to the frontman’s ‘highly sensitive lyrical and vocal scope’.

With album sales of more than 30m worldwide – 1980’s Ace of Spades is one of many classics – they continue to tour with Lemmy as the only member of the original lineup.

Motörhead currently consists of Lemmy on bass and vocals, Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums). They tour the UK this autumn.

Written by Adam Lechmere

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