ONE BOTTLE IN SEPTEMBER: We asked Vinomofo to match a wine to every team in the AFL finals -- here they are

With hints of leather… Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Finals are upon us. Even if you’re not a footy fan, the idea of a public holiday should be enough to get you cheering, and what better way to celebrate both a day off and 44 fellas running in circles than forgetting your tips and grabbing a tipple.

To celebrate, we’ve matched the Top 8 with a few of the ‘Fo’s favourite Collaboration Series wines. These are the vinos made in partnership with rockstar winemakers, the All-Australians of the wine industry, and you can grab ‘em at Vinomofo just in time for finals.

Sydney Swans – ‘Art of War’ Barossa Shiraz

No team nails the Art of War like the Swans. Having made finals 19 times in the last 22 seasons and comin’ back from 0-6 to make it again this year, whoever heads up strategy for the Bloods would be a welcome addition to any war room. Or cellar. Remember: make wine, not war.

Richmond Tigers – ‘Bisou Bisou’ Sparkling Blanc de Blancs NV

Ah the Tiges. The epitome of a sparkling wine, they start so brightly but once the lid is off you know they’ll fall flat. Pair them with our Bisou Bisou sparkling – trust us, it’ll sparkle a lot longer than the Tiges. There may be nothing to celebrate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like a winner.

Greater Western Sydney Giants – ‘The Orgy’ McLaren Vale GSM

When it comes to GWS, you can’t go past a solid GSM and the first that comes to mind is The Orgy. Much like the Giants, these grapes were just thrown together and now, a few years later, they’ve really come into their own. They’re knockin’ on the AFL’s door with an open mind and a sh*t ton of confidence; a fresh-faced heavy-hitter with serious legs.

Essendon Bombers – ‘The Don’ Upper Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

The Bombers will be flying high once they’re drinking The Don, a performance enhancing pinot from the Upper Yarra. Side effects of consumption include increased levels of charm, confidence on the dancefloor and a penchant for breaking the rules. Supposedly. They also have the same name, so you know, there’s that too.

Port Adelaide Power – ‘The General’ Barossa Shiraz

You want power? Salute The General. Forget Elon Musk and his batteries, The General is made of 100% Barossa shiraz and has enough power to keep South Australia on the grid for thenext century. Or at least until the preliminary.

West Coast Eagles – ‘Fanny Limehead’ Clare Valley Riesling

Fanny Limehead is no ordinary riesling. Signs you’ve fallen for Fanny include weak knees, sweaty palms, bursts of euphoria and riesling stains on the sheets. You probably experienced similar symptoms while watching West Coast stitch up the Crows and sneak into finals. Anyone for a cheese board? Thought not. Anyway, when you’re feelin’ the September sun and the Doctor is yet to blow through, the only cure for feeling a little hot under the collar is a cool, crisp Fanny.

Geelong Cats – ‘Old Money’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

The second oldest club in the league, the Cats are rolling in Old Money and we can guarantee Skipper Joel has a few bottles in his Sellar. Selwood. Cellar. It works (we can’t actually guarantee anything). Steeped in history and notorious for consistent quality, the Coonawarra Cats are big and they’re bold, but they’re known to enjoy a good roast – just ask the Swans about Round 20.

Adelaide Crows – ‘Duck Sauce’ Upper Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Birds of a feather flock together, and though ducks and crows aren’t quite species bros, the Crows had the rest of the competition Duckin’ for cover this year. That Rory Sloane is a Saucy number too. From the classiest part of a very classy region, the minor premiers deserve nothing less than the best. To win would be the cherry on top of a fantastic season, but if they fail, they’ll still find plenty of cherries in this spicy little pinot.

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