We visited your cellar door last Wednesday during a week long visit to SA – after our car GPS guided us carefully to Binney Road, we rang and found Gaffney Road – apparently we were taken to one of your vineyard blocks! Anyway, we arrived there bang on 11 am, proceeded to taste some reds and for me, the KI Shiraz stood out immediately. I bought just one and a couple of other bottles plus a tea towel. Great to see where it all happens and the property looked just brilliant.
John Bell, Bathurst NSW
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
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.
I’m looking forward to trying this new vintage. I’ve just put my order in. My partner & I love your wines (probably a little too much lol!) so fantastic to find such great quality organic wine.
Kerri Wilson, NSW
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!
Sam Kelton, Adelaide SA
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 also wanted to say that 2 weeks ago I enjoyed a bottle of your ‘Best of Vintage’ 2010. All I can say is, Great bottle of wine!! Keep up the amazing work.
Matthew Bliss, South Australia
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
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!
It’s that time of year again, when winemakers start getting restless and have a faraway look in their eye… it’s time for the annual James Halliday Wine Companion awards. We haven’t featured that highly in the awards in recent years,… Read more
2016 Battle of Bosworth Single Vineyard Shiraz
We have released our 2016 Single Vineyard Shiraz wines, namely the 2016 Battle of Bosworth Ding’s, Chanticleer and Braden single vineyard wines. These are made in very small volumes.
The wines … Read more
We had a few nice reviews for BoB and Spring Seed from US wine man James Sucking (jamessuckling.com) and his Australian off-sider, Nick Stock. We met them both for lunch (with a bunch of other Vale stalwarts) at the magnificent… Read more
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
This year has been a busy one, as you can see from a few snippets from the year below. So, in no particular order;
Vintage seems so long ago now, it is hard to remember what happened. I guess the grapes ripened, we picked them, fermented them and then either sent them to barrel or to bottle, depending on colour, variety and intended style. We seem to do this every year. My abiding memory is of the big old yellow Hyster (with the S handwritten in texter on the front) getting bogged in front of the winery. No-one owned up as I recall. Joch reckons 2019 was good, but with reduced volumes due to the drier than average summer.
Joch K-pop sensation
We sent Joch off to Korea to a big trade show organised by Dan who handles our export to Korea. We have a super importer who loves our Spring Seed ‘Gypsy’, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. We sent Joch to show Korea our Springs Road Kangaroo island wines, and he you can see him doing just that. Wearing his trusty King Gee blue work shirt, he looks as if a mysterious force picked him off a tractor in Willunga and set him down in Seoul at a trade tasting.
New online wine shop
After years of putting it off and doing anything but work on this project (clean linen cupboard, sharpen pencils, pick fluff off jumpers etc) I finally galvanised myself and we made a new online wine shop, with a very powerful ‘back end’. This means nothing to you, our lovely customer, but lots to us, and may in fact result in improved service for you! All wines from Battle of Bosworth, Spring Seed Wines (from McLaren Vale) and our new Springs Road wines from Kangaroo Island are available to purchase from the http://www.bosworthwines.com.au super site! Yippee
534th Anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth
Every year on the 22nd August someone reminds us of the anniversary of the English battle (where Richard of York was killed – the last English king to die in battle), and every year we discuss making something like the Carpark Cabernet (remember Richard III’s body was discovered underneath a Leicestershire pay and display council car park?) and then we forget again, till the next year. I guess we drew a fairly long bow in making the connection between this decisive stoush of the War of the Roses and Joch’s family name (Bosworth), so we don’t discuss things historical too much. Till next year!
5-star Halliday Wine Companion
Battle of Bosworth got 5 stars in this year’s (2020) edition of the Halliday wine Companion, which makes me happy. This means we make awesome wine. You can be the judge 😊 It gives us the right to put this logo on our website, which is nice.
Goodbye Petit Verdot
Joch finally got the shits with the Petit Verdot, a late ripening variety which hails from the Bordeaux region of France. It’s great for Bordeaux the region, which has a very variable climate; if everything goes to pot, you can rely on the PV, because it ripens about 2 weeks later than everything else. Well, no more, the unkindest cut of all was made on the 3 acres we had on the hill near cellar door. More Shiraz anyone? Because that’s what Joch’s grafted it to.
Another day another wine
Joch has done his best impersonation of Chester Osborn from d’Arenberg (they have about 70 + wines, maybe more?) and indulged his love of the old block of Semillon at Edgehill, by making a single vineyard, early picked Hunter Valley-esque dry white wine. So, another wine eh Joch? There’s nothing like production lead marketing (I have heard rumour that there is a barrel of fortified Shiraz sitting in the winery…)
New wine for Springs Road
While we are on the subject of new wines, we released a new Springs Road KI wine called ‘Terre Napoleon’. It is named after the first detailed map of Southern Australia (‘Carte Generale de la Terre Napoleon’) which was drawn by Baudin’s cartographer, Freycinet. Napoleon is a sublime Shiraz and is a selection of Joch’s favourite barrels from the 2017 vintage. It comes with its own rather splendid gift box. Usually we only ship wines in multiple of 6 (and obviously prefer to send in multiples of 12!), but because we are good types, we will send this wine as a single in its box because it will make a magnificent gift.
Springs Road Kangaroo Island Wine reviews
We got some awesome reviews for our Springs Road Kangaroo Island from US/ Aussie duo James Sucking and Nick Stock on http://www.jamessuckling.com. 95 points for the Springs Road Ki Shiraz 2017 and 93 for the Springs Road KI Cab! Yippee
Spring Seed ‘Forget-me-not’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Joch managed to get his noggin into the USA’s big hitting wine magazine, Wine Spectator with our juicy little Bordeaux-style white blend the Forget-me-not SBS. Great review too! (better points than Bindi and Grosset 😊)
Visitors from the West
The team from Grape and Grain (who sell our wine in Western Australia) came over in the depths of winter; it was chucking it down and freezing. That didn’t stop us from making them go out and sing for their supper by pruning some of the Road Shiraz. Maria was an awesome pruner, but when Joch offered her a job pruning all winter, she didn’t seem that eager. She seemed far keener to repair to the Salopian Inn for refreshments. Joch also took them through some of the 2019 barrels of Shiraz from both the Willunga vineyards and the Island as well as a cheeky look at the aforementioned fortified Shiraz… which I had up until this moment thought was a myth. Apparently not.
New sausage dog
Finally, and probably the most important news of all, we have a new (6 months old) Sausage Dog, Tigger the standard Dachshund, who came from all the way from Lewiston north of Adelaide. For those that remember Connie the black and tan standard sausage, Tigger is chalk to Con Con’s cheese. She is extremely friendly, sometimes to the point of wee-ing on your shoes. Look out! Even Joch loves her and he was never a fan of the Conster, mainly because she wouldn’t give him the time of day. Uncle Oscar the Labradoodle has been a very patient babysitter, bless him, though we did notice Oscar did learn how to growl when the puppy was hanging off his beard. Welcome Tigger, customer service dog!
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