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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!
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
The only Shiraz I have tried in a long time was your additive free organic I can’t remember what it was called but we ordered 2 bottles of it at the cellar door and it was amazing but it is the only Shiraz I have had that I didn’t have the urge to vomit after tasting. Robert, 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.
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.
Battle of Bosworth 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – great wine….purchased 30 bottles… can advise this wine did not disappoint and is excellent….
A very quick Bosworth update: We finally had some decent rain in June, then apparently we have had the driest July on record. The vineyards look green and lush however, and the pruning is almost all done now. We have had more rain this month which again, dull as I sound to myself by talking about rain what seems all the time, is terrific. More please even though the cold weather is beginning to wear a bit thin.
Some people had warm weather recently, however. Joch was whisked off to Darwin by mates for his 50th birthday celebrations. One chum had to stay behind as his 2nd baby is due imminently, but he came along as a cut-out on a lolly stick for the ride. …
In breaking news, we have retained our Halliday Wine Companion 5 star rating for 2021, which is great news.
Organic Vineyards – 25 years
I was mulling over things while having a taste of the new Puritan Shiraz – (vintage 2020) and did the maths and realised that it is 25 years since Joch starting running our vineyards organically. It’s only taken me 6 months to wake up to the fact! I must have had other things on my mind.
McLaren Vale’s First Organic Wines
We produced McLaren Vale’s very first organic wines at BoB. Our first releases were the 2001 Battle of Bosworth Shiraz and 2001 Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon. Under cork, too. That all changed in 2005 when we went to Stelvin.
We released another range of organic wines under the Spring Seed label in 2008, a chardonnay and a Shiraz destined for the USA, just in time for the Global financial crisis! We now have 10 SkU’s in Spring Seed range, which include the ‘Gypsy’ NV Blanc de Blanc, the ‘Cockscomb’ Cabernet Sauvignon and the ‘Poppy’ Pinot Grigio.
Organic Vineyards in McLaren Vale
Joch began the conversion process in 1995 with a small block of some 25 acres of Chardonnay, Cabernet and Shiraz. Over the last quarter of a century he has converted all of our vineyards to organics, as well as our barley paddock for making our pale ale.
Joch is very modest about his vision, but I like to think of him as an organic and sustainability trail blazer in McLaren Vale. Or, as UK wine man Matthew Jukes said way back in 2005, that Joch is regarded by his peers as an ‘off the wall viticultural genius‘ which is lovely, although I know full well that’s not the only thing they say about him.
How about those youthful curls, above? About 2004 I think. Much greyer now, I might add.
The soursob (oxalis pes caprae)
This quarter of a century of organic viticulture is testament to Joch’s vision and slightly unorthodox approach to weed management without the use of chemicals. Who would ever have thought that a noxious (though pretty) weed would have been a force for good?
Joch’s off the wall genius (!) saw him harnessing the soursob by encouraging them to grow undervine and smother other weeds. They grow quickly with the onset of the winter rains but die back in spring and summer and so don’t compete with the vines for moisture or nutrients.
Springs Road Kangaroo Island
Never mind COVID, our KI wine brand Springs Road has had to survive Bushfire too. For those that don’t know, Joch was having an early mid-life crisis and bought established vineyards (Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet) in 2016 on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s 3rd largest island which is about 3 hours door to door from our Battle of Bosworth McLaren Vale vineyards.
Kangaroo Island Fires
We built a cellar door and released our first vintages back in December 2018. Forward to December 2019 and January 2020 and KI got hammered by fires which burned out the western parts of the island which tragically included most of the Flinders Chace national park, and then headed east towards us, driven by insanely strong westerly winds.
I think in reality what saved us was our neighbours who are farmers. They took it upon themselves to use their big earth moving equipment to carve out huge fire breaks about 5km to the west of our vineyards. I still owe them a bottle or two of wine to say thank you.
OK that’s about it for now, other than a bit more showing off about a couple of wines from Battle of Bosworth which both scored 95 points in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion (the wines were judged by Jane Faulkner).
Both our 2017 Bradens and 2017 Chanticleer Single Vineyard Shiraz scored 95 points. I hope this makes you want to buy some, even more so when you read about them:
2017 Chanticleer ‘The wine is polished yet refined in its own way. Savoury tannins have a velvety plushness, fruit really succulent and spicy and the palate full-bodied but not unwieldy’ (Jane Faulkner)
2017 Bradens ‘Fabulous inky purple and the pleasure doesn’t stop with its colour. The fruit in this is gorgeous – intense flavours infused with baking spices and clove/cedary oak. Yet it remains buoyant with almost sweet tannins. Impressive.’ (Jane Faulkner)
Nice one Joch.
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