Afternoon Joch! Wanted to let you know that I opened a bottle of your 2004 Shiraz that had been in my cellar for a decade. It was just excellent. Black cherry and plums in the sun, plush in the mouth but still with solid fruit, alcohol really well balanced. A little like Côte-Rôtie but more sophisticated. Made us absolutely murder a rack of lamb.
Dave Axel Kurtz, Maine, USA
Joch Bosworth is a complete muppet and he smells too. It’s true.
Louise, McLaren Vale, SA
We visited your winery over the Christmas break purely for the name; my wife is a member of the Richard the III Society and so into the history surrounding him and that period. I was always going to buy one bottle of white boar – purely for the name but we came away with a mixed case and two glasses. The wine is some of the best we have tasted in SA and that is saying something. We look forward too another visit soon.
Russell Fuller, North Adelaide, SA
Battle of Bosworth 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – great wine….purchased 30 bottles… can advise this wine did not disappoint and is excellent….
Graeme Greeves, Oak Park Melbourne
I just wanted to write briefly and thank you for a fantastic experience at the cellar door on Saturday. I have been to a lot of cellar doors with groups of all sizes, but have very rarely felt so welcome as Georgie made us feel (even though she was busy with multiple groups at once!). And all the wines were great too – we all came away feeling that we’d found a new favourite! It made the perfect end to a wonderful day.
Liz Hobart, SA
My third and fourth carton of BoB Shiraz arrived safely and we’re “tucking” into it! My friends are amazed that a 2013 Puritan Shiraz can taste so good for such a young wine! My son-in-law is a vigneron here in the Canberra district and he introduced us to BoB…great find!
Ron Forrester, ACT
The thing that appeals to me about Bosworth (apart from your amazing wine) is that it’s relatively small and intimate and quiet with beautiful surroundings….
Amelia Zander, Belair, SA
I received my latest delivery of Poppy Pinot Grigio. Love the freshness of the wine AND that its name is the same as my beautiful 3 yo…Poppy. She hasn’t tried it yet but loves the labels.
Phil Beekhuizen, WA
Thanks so much for your email. My box of wine arrived earlier this week – I was quite excited! My partner and I were in Adelaide earlier this year (we live in Sydney, but I am from Adelaide originally) and took a drive to McLaren Vale. We had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful cellar door, it was our favourite by far! It was intimate and welcoming and the wines and knowledge of the staff was fantastic. My partner has a dog just like your groodle, so he enjoyed playing with her and we bought a copy of your Wine Dogs book too! We particularly enjoyed the Aster Pinot Noir, and with Ben’s birthday/our anniversary coming up I thought it would make the perfect gift.
Claire Pelham, NSW
I have never ordered wine online before – indeed I have never ordered a case of wine before! A couple of months ago, a friend and I drank a bottle of your Shiraz at a French restaurant in Darlinghurst. It was so delicious that I asked if I could take the empty bottle home so that I would not forget to drink it again. Thank you for making such beautiful wine!!
A quick news alert to inform the faithful that we have released the new vintage of Spring Seed ‘Scarlet Runner’ Shiraz and ‘Poppy’ Pinot Grigio at cellar door. Roll up, roll up ad try these delicious wines at our rustic… Read more
If you’d like to catch a sighting of the big man (Joch) in the flesh, you could do worse than buy yourself a ticket to the Battle of Bosworth wine dinner at the 3 Weeds Hotel in Rozelle, NSW on… Read more
In another news (and apologies to the late David Bowie’s Thin White Duke) I can announce the imminent return of the Battle of Bosworth ‘Clarence’ Sticky Semillon from the 2017 vintage. After a break of some 6 years, conditions were… Read more
A hero shot is defined in the urban dictionary as ‘A shot of a thing or person with framing, composition, lighting and setting intended to make it look as good as possible.’
Well, you can only work with what you… Read more
And just for something completely different and because Joch doesn’t think we have nearly enough wines, we are looking forward to introducing you to the Gypsy and the Wanderer (or the Itinerant, as our QLD distributors have already nicknamed it).… Read more
We released the 2015 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay on the weekend just gone. This is the 6th vintage of this wine and I gather from the murmurings I have heard from both Joch and Nairn, the best one yet. Available… Read more
At the risk of becoming like my former much-loved employer, d’Arenberg, we have a new wine here at Bosworth Wines. Welcome to the Tourigal Nacional, Portuguese by birth, but happily transplanted here in Australia and thriving on Denton’s block on… Read more
It’s that time again. You can hear the dreaded starlings making their high pitched keening whine, Australia Day is nearly here and the old yellow UR harvester has emerged from the harvester shed (imaginative, eh?!) to have its post -Xmas,… Read more
Great news from Friday the 31st October’s 42nd Annual Bushing Lunch, where all the trophies and awards were announced from the McLaren Vale Wine Show – our new Spring Seed ‘Morning Bride’ Rosé won a Gold Medal and Trophy for… Read more
News hot off the press is that our cellar door will open 7 days a week as of Wednesday the 1st October! Exciting news for us – and far easier for you, our wonderful cellar door customer. I think we… Read more
We have just released the new vintage of the Battle of Bosworth Shiraz, the 2012 wine. This is shaping up to be a fantastic wine and has already received a whopping 95 points from James Halliday in his 2015 Wine… Read more
The newly released 2014 Battle of Bosworth ‘Puritan’ Shiraz has made it into the Adelaide Advertiser’s Top 100 wine line-up, compiled by Tony Love, in the ‘Light Red’ section. The comment on the wine is as follows:
‘Organically grown and,… Read more
Well, I tried. The dessert I made for the Sips in the Sticks luncheon held recently at Sue Bell’s historic Glen Roy shearing shed in Coonawarra was unplaced. I am already working on strategy for next year’s event, when apparently… Read more
I will let the article speak for itself, but if you don’t have time to read it the key point which can be drawn from Huon’s piece is that McLaren Vale dodged the 2011 vintage bullets (it was unseasonally wet… Read more
We are pretty pleased that in his most recent Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday has awarded Battle of Bosworth Wines a 5 Star Rating, which according to the books legend makes us an ‘outstanding winery capable of producing … Read more
A nice bit of press for the 2011 Spring Seed ‘Scarlet Runner’ Shiraz in Tony Love’s Top 100 Wines today in the Adelaide Advertiser! We’re in the lift out with a nice bottle shot, as well. My very amateur… Read more
In a remarkable feat of getting organised, we have bottled and released the newest vintage of the ‘Puritan’ Shiraz, a wine we make without adding any preservatives. This is the 4th vintage of this unoaked , lighter styled red, and… Read more
Well it’s almost time for last orders at the bar here at Battle of Bosworth for 2016 and what do we have to show for it? Water, that’s what, and lots of it. We had rain in epic, almost biblical proportions this winter, a far cry from last winter which was the polar (excuse vague weather/ climate pun) opposite. In fact, the rain has kept coming even this far into spring, almost summer. It can stop any time it likes now. See Celia doing some thoughtful wading just in front of the harvester shed.
In staff news we have had some movement here at Bosworth. We were sad to see Crème Brûlee the cream rooster leave us unexpectedly one night after someone forgot to lock the chickens in. However we quickly found a replacement via the miracle of Facebook, and so a big welcome (and a bucket load of good luck) to Papa Lazeroo who started almost the next day. He is a mixed breed with a hint of Wyandotte, for chook aficianados. As for the name, League of Gentlemen fans will know exactly what I’m talking about, and shudder.
Bron the book keeper had a ripper of a result at the Barmera Murray(Wo)Man competition held in the Riverland, a half ironman type triathlon which involves running, cycling and swimming (in open water) ludicrous distances. Bron took the trophy in her age category, and obviously we don’t ask what that category was now do we? Big ups Bron!
Well the wind has changed and like a cross between the swallows of summer and Mary Poppins, we have lost dodge plough master Leon Koch to the grain harvest up on the Eyre Peninsula, or was it the Yorkes? Anyhow, we look forward to seeing you again soon Leon when the wind changes once again.
We have had plenty of visitors in the last few months, and at the same time both Joch and I spread our wings and went a-visiting. Joch headed off to Japan for a look-see and spent time with Shunji our importer in Tokyo and Osaka. He helped man the stand at the Wine Australia/ Austrade Grand Wine Tasting in Tokyo too. He really enjoyed the food and as you can see if you look past Shunji here, looks like he’s been enjoying the sake too! Thanks for looking after him and sending him home safely Shunji, we do worry a little when we let Joch loose.
I went to Hong Kong to catch up with our importers and do a few dinners and tastings, but sadly fell sick over there (not alcohol related) and was confined to the hotel room before shuffling back home to spend some time being waited on hand and foot in bed for a week (Joch loved that). I did manage to catch up with James Busby alumni Zachary Yu at one tasting, before I retired off the field, hurt.
Here’s the dinner I would have been doing had I been match fit! Sorry to the team at North East for piking, and for Darren Rathbone for standing you up!
Tim Wildman MW and his international team of wine people on the James Busby tour arrived for some organic instruction and tasting. Naturally enough, we loaded them onto the grape trailer with 1930’s pews as seating and trundled off to Chanticleer and Dutchmans blocks to taste the single vineyard wines produced from those vines. Tim said a little prayer for us, which was answered – perfect weather.
We then went back to cellar door for more tasting and Joch and I were introduced to dabbing (a term my kids are familiar with) – it’s all the rage with young folk I gather. Here’s the Wiki definition ‘… a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing’ Awesome. My kids saw the video of us doing a group ‘dab’ and screamed incredulously. Here we all are ‘dropping the mic’. You google it. Cool, eh?
Laura Jewell MW and Mark Davidson from Wine Australia brought a terrific group of WSET students (past and present) from all over the place, and Joch gave them a very in depth look at organic viticulture and sustainability.
The flies were shocking and it was pretty humid but everyone cheered up after a home made scone (my pleasure) and a drone flying session. The drone never fails to entertain. Questions about the legality of flying it without a license or night flying were quickly brushed off. Joch had also attended a Shiraz speed tasting for the same WSET people where he showed off the 2016 Puritan and the 2014 Bosworth Shiraz. That’s Gary Schueller from the USA testing Joch’s knowledge. I think Bozzie is making something up there, look at his face.
We all went off to the annual Mclaren Vale winemakers lunch (the proper name is way too long – but I hereby acknowledge all of our wonderful viticulturists, and the tourism operators!) and had a ball. We were hoping for a trophy with our 2016 Battle of Bosworth Touriga Nacional, but got pipped by a Montepulciano. Still, we are very happy that the 2016 Touriga got a gold medal, as it is only it’s 3rd vintage. So fresh and floral. The 2016 Graciano got a bronze as did the 2016 Spring Seed Rose. Below you can see the girls from BoB – and Woody.
The worst dressed award was fiercely contested but I think Joch carried it home with his stunning and utterly authentic Hawaiian shirt. Runner up was my former boss Zar Brooks from Dandelion Vineyards with a stained polo shirt. Class was bought to the photo by the glamorous lady to the left, who was she?
The theme of the lunch was Agriculture so there were a couple of Kubota tractors parked up, but someone left the keys in them. I can’t quite see who that is stepping out of one of them.
When we went back next day to collect my ute we found a mysterious crop circle. Donut anyone? Very funny to watch.
Finally a good news story in that we have made a small move back into the USA market. We have just shipped a small consignment of Puritan Shiraz over to California where it will be making its debut on the shelves of Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a family owned high end group of stores located all over California and some in Nevada too. Raley’s just won 2016 retailer of the year award in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I hope the new political arrangements in the USA are conducive to our market foray!
We have some new vintage wines in cellar door which are well worth a visit to try – namely the 2016 Spring Seed Rose, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, the soon to be released 2013 White Boar and 2016 Bosworth Chardonnay. So many wines….
Best wishes for the end of year and over Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at cellar door (open every day other than Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) or hearing from you.
Where did the time go eh? As of tomorrow, Friday the 12th August, our lovely rustic little cellar door has been open for 5 years. It still feel like yesterday that Roxie was pushing Joch and I along in order… Read more
It’s back! The fourth Sips in the Sticks is being held at Sue Bell’s magnificent Glen Roy shearing shed in Coonawarra, on Sunday 19th June. The theme for this splendid lunch is the impact on rural communities by Italian migrants.… Read more
Hold onto your hats and advise the local gendarmerie because the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society is hosting a dinner with Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines at Matilda Bay restaurant on Thursday the 2nd June.
Our wines have been… Read more
If you’re kicking your heels about wondering what to do this Sunday 4th January, why not head along to the splendid Star of Greece restaurant on the Esplanade at Port Willunga from 5pm. There will be bags by Miss Margie,… Read more
Aussie Wine Month is a celebration of Australian wine (which lasts for a month!) and we are taking part in the proceedings by joining forces with Sharon and David at Fino just round the corner in Willunga. We have been… Read more
If you fancy a run to the country for lunch, look no further; as one of the closing events of the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival, Sips in the Sticks at Sue Bell’s Glenroy Shearing Shed is sure to be… Read more
We have a few events coming up in the next few weeks which you may want to ponder on and commit to the Filofax. Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines will be heading to Light Square on Friday the… Read more
Roxie and I are heading down to the Adelaide Cellar Door festival again this year. Located at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the festival runs for 3 days from Friday the 14th February to Sunday the 16th. There are well over… Read more
For those of you based in Adelaide at a loose end this Sunday, why not schlep over to 1 Holland Street (just behind the Gilbert Street IGA store) and try out ‘The Market Shed on Holland’. Sunday marks the grand… Read more
Calling all Sydneysiders: Bozzie is coming to town for one night only in December. Joch will be pulling out his best Hard Yakka and heading over for a wine dinner at the Pelicano Bar and Restaurant in Double Bay on… Read more
Slide into a relaxed Sunday Session at Willunga restaurant Fino on Sunday 29th September, from 12-4pm. Tickets are $40.00 per person.
There will be a DJ, excellent Fino tucker and of course wine from a few producers who fly under… Read more
More dates for the diaries, this time for Sydney-siders. There are a couple of events coming up which we are involved in which are part of the Syndey International Food Festival 2012, or as us tweeters would have it (using… Read more
Attention, Ladies of Brisbane:
Come and taste the Spring Seed Wines (including the new 2012 Spring Seed ‘Poppy’ Pinot Grigio) with Louise, and Sommelier Sarah Ramwell at ‘The Laneway’ 181 Mary Street Brisbane from 6-7pm.
The price includes canapes and… Read more
A date for the diary for Melbourne dwellers – Battle of Bosworth as part of Winemakers Without Borders is going to be at the Queen Victoria Market on the evening of Wednesday the 15th August for one of their Winter… Read more