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 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
We had a bottle (or 3) of the Battle of Bosworth 2013 Pinot Noir at a restaurant in Sydney at the weekend and were blown away by it. If you could let us know how we can get our hands on a case that would be awesome as we’re having withdrawal symptoms.
Jonny Richardson, Sydney NSW
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
Battle of Bosworth…work a strong organic seam in traditional shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and also produce an increasingly relevant Battle of Bosworth ‘Puritan’ Shiraz with no added preservatives. The wine has an exciting crimson-purple sheen, ultra-primary fruited fragrance, has beautifully succulent and medium-bodied fruit energy as well as fascinating savoury layers….
Tony Love, The Adelaide Advertiser
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
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
You make the best Shiraz in the world. > I have never tasted better. Thank-you !!! Sarah
Sarah Breakspear, via email
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 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.
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
It’s all go here at BoB with wines and vintages. We have sold out of the 2016 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay here at cellar door (you might be able to find some out there in retail land, or on a wine list). We are keenly awaiting the release of the 2017, but have to wait for the wine to be tasted and approved by Joch before we let it loose on our adoring public.
We have also run out at cellar door of the ever popular Spring Seed Pinot Grigio (2017). One of our domestic distributors rang to ask me when the 2018 vintage would be out. He’s keen – we haven’t even picked it yet!
The 2015 Bosworth Shiraz is getting low in stock too, as new horizons open up for BoB. We have a new market about to open up in Russia and they love the Shiraz, so a fair chunk of the Bozzie Shiraz is heading to Moscow later this month. Ditto New Zealand, we have a new market opening up there, after a period of absence. The 2016 Shiraz is bottled and ready for the off, again, waiting for the seal of approval from Joch before unleashing it and sending it forth.
The Spring Seed ‘Forget-me-not’ SB/S and Spring Seed Shiraz are about to debut in the Lone Star State (that’s Texas in the US of A if you didn’t know) which is exciting, especially as you can fly direct from Adelaide to Houston now, apparently. I’ve always wanted to visit Texas.
A market for Spring Seed Wines is about to open up in South Korea, which is very exciting. The Spring Seed ‘Gypsy’ and the Spring Seed ‘Cockscomb’ Cabernet Sauvignon are about to make their debut into this market. Another trip for Louise maybe?
It wouldn’t be right to do a post about the wines without letting you know about another wine we are about to release. More like d’Arenberg every day, we are. It’s a blend of Touriga Nacional (a Portugese variety), Graciano, which hails from Rioja in Spain and good old Shiraz which does best here in McLaren Vale. Named ‘Heretic’; not because we intend burning it at the stake, but because it’s an unorthodox blend. And delicious, too. It awaits the Joch Bosworth seal of approval before release.
That just about covers all movement in the wine department. Vintage, or harvest is knocking on the door. We know this when we see certain things happening. Firstly the grand old dame of grape picking, the UR harvester comes out of hibernation and gets some TLC. Leon is applying the healing hands here.
Then you start seeing pesky starlings gathering on the phone wires overlooking the vineyards. This makes Joch very cross. Starlings are not a native species and like the fox, have adapted well to their adopted home. As soon as the sugar levels start to rise in the grapes, in come the starlings. We do fight back however! First line of defence is Woody, Drone Master. He’s not just looking up into the wide blue yonder for his health, but he’s watching the flight of the drone. Starlings hate the drone.
Another sign that vintage is just around the corner is seeing various bits of winery equipment being dragged out and cleaned and checked. Here is Jen with a rocket. Don’t think you’re getting out of here that easily, Jen.
We’ve had a couple of visitors through the place too, even this early in the year. It will always be visitors from the northern hemisphere at this time of year, for obvious reasons. We had a bunch from the Finnish governments alcohol buying department the other week, and treated them to a vineyard tour in the back of a grape trailer using a pair of 1930’s former church pews as seating. Sadly they didnt see a kangaroo during the tour, which i sort of promised them, but they did see some kangaroo poo, which a couple of them took a photo of. They loved the Gypsy Blanc de Blancs and the Spring Seed Forget-me-not SBS. Anything is better than -20 deg C I guess.
It’s Busby time: Tim Wildman MW bought his ‘Beyond Busby’ group through McLaren Vale on a perfect blue sky day, for lunch and tasting on the deck overlooking the Gulf St Vincent at the Star of Greece, Port Willunga. Best ever place for a tasting. Most of these eminent wine professionals had been on a Pied Piper wine tour with Tim before, and here they were, back again. I brought out the new as yet unreleased ‘Heretic’, the 2017 Puritan and the Spring Seed ‘Morning Bride’ Rose. I was holding a bottle of the Wirra Original Blend in the photo for some reason, however.
OK, more next time, see you during the circus that is a winery/ vintage during vintage.
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