A quaint cellar door, great staff (Jane is so adorable), a long tasting list, and huge rewards for the patient… The wines start light, but as the range matures into depth, the wines are spectacular.
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 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
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
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
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
We just wanted to thank you very much for existing. I found your wine in a local boutique wine cellar in Sydney CBD late last year and cannot get enough. The Poppy Pinot Grigio is to die for. My best girl friend and I are such a fan of your wine that we are going to make a trip down to your vineyard sometime this year. So look out for two extremely excited city girls.
Belinda Baker and Jane Meakins, NSW
Joch Bosworth is a complete muppet and he smells too. It’s true.
Louise, McLaren Vale, SA
I actually took a bottle of White Boar along to The National’s concert last week in Adelaide as I was catching up with the band pre-show. The lead singer is somewhat of a wine buff and had never tried organic wine – he was very impressed with it so hopefully it results in some orders to Brooklyn NY!
I have been summoned to Melbourne to do a wine dinner at Panama Dining Room and Bar on Tuesday 28th August.
For more details and bookings, please contact the Panama directly here. The cost per person is $89.00 which includes… Read more
Joch and I feel a little bit like Christopher Robin and Alice, sort of, in that there has been a changing of the guard here at Buckingham Palace, AKA Bosworth HQ. We have a new winemaker, Kirk McDonald who started… Read more
Nothing stays the same it seems – we are in the middle of building a cellar door on our Springs Road Vineyard in the Menzies locality of Kangaroo Island (about 10 minutes from Kingscote). We will be releasing wines from… Read more
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
So that’s another vintage (harvest) under our belt as the fruit of the 2018 harvest goes into barrel for some time to mature, or into bottle (whites, Moscato and Rosé). Winery and vineyard folk can relax a bit. I asked Joch what he thought of vintage 2018 and in customary bullet point style I got this, yelled at me from the kitchen:
Cool, moderate temps, incredibly dry, no rain at all during harvest period. Average yields. 2018 has turned out to be an exceptional vintage. Amazing colour and intensity and balance in reds, very good white vintage too.
So there you have it, straight from the horses mouth. We needed a photo to break up the text, so you will see a shot of Jen Pedder here driving the truck, above.
The Battle of Bosworth end of vintage party was conducted aboard Tom Steele’s 44 foot yacht, Cedar Party, which he kindly skippered for our vintage crew from Wirrina further down south on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The theme was nautical, and this was before the team knew what the order of play was going to be. Jen nailed it with the red and white, Spencer perhaps more so with his sailor’s hat. Hornpipe, anyone?
Luncheon was taken at Leonard’s Mill down at Second Valley, and all sailors were all accounted for, present and correct at the Victory Hotel when I collected Joch later that afternoon.
If your eyesight is good enough, you will notice that in some shots the team were drinking beer from a familiarly labelled stubby: the new Battle of Bosworth Pale Ale. The Bozzy Pale Ale is available now from cellar door, online and at the Star of Greece cafe at Port Willunga. The tasting note Joch wrote tells us that the Bozzy ale is ‘a balanced, malty and slightly floral ale. It is a light to medium-bodied Pale Ale’. A crowd pleaser in anyone’s language. Made using the malting barley Joch grew in the paddock in front of the winery.
We sent a case of the ale to our wonderful state based wholesale distributors for them to taste and enjoy, and Joseph Burton from Hobart in TAS sent back this photo of him having a cold one. Battle of Bosworth Pale Ale; so good it will make your hair stand on end. Or something like that.
We have new vintage releases of a couple of our reds in cellar door now, just in time for winter, if it ever comes. The 2014 Battle of Bosworth ‘Best of Vintage’ is a Shiraz/ Petit Verdot blend this year (90%: 10%) and was rated 95 points by Halliday in his 2018 Wine Companion. The 2014 White Boar is a Shiraz/ Cabernet blend again, although this vintage there is 90% Shiraz, the balance Cabernet. Both are absolutely delicious of course.
The Kangaroo Island wine project keeps moving along. We still have to come up with a name for the soon-to-be-bottled wine which we made from the 2017 vintage (and made over here at the winery) and the cellar door needs to be built sooner rather than later. This will keep us busy. Here you can see Joch, Spencer and Senne all loaded up with bins and the construction materials for the cellar door. The bins were brought back full with the KI cabernet (last pick for both KI and Battle of Bosworth) and of course the materials for the construction of cellar door were left there. Logistics, eh?
Don’t forget the 1485 cellar club if you keep forgetting to buy wine. You can choose a white, mixed or red dozen pack which you will receive twice a year along with tasting notes. You can click here to find out more about the wine club.
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