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
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
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
Joch Bosworth is a complete muppet and he smells too. It’s true.
Louise, McLaren Vale, SA
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 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
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
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.
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
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!
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 “Changing Guard at Battle of Bosworth”
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 “Kangaroo Island Dreaming”
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 “Return of the Sweet White Duke… of Clarence”
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 “The Joch Bosworth hero shot”
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 “Spring Seed Sparklings”
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 “2015 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay”
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 “Ola, Bosworth Touriga Nacional!”
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 “Vintage count down”
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 “We Won a Trophy!”
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 “2012 Battle Shiraz now available”
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 “ABC Rural Radio segment on Sips in the Sticks”
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 “Battle of Bosworth a Halliday 5 Star Winery”
Well we’ve certainly upped the ante here at Battle of Bosworth, as we now make wine from 2 regions, one of which is overseas. Well, it’s Kangaroo Island, but you still have to negotiate Backstairs Passage (that expensive and often wild stretch of water between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw) to get to the vineyard. This requires planning and $$$$! You can see Oscar waiting for the KI Connect Fast Cat. He’s on his way to do a couple of days of cellar door work at Springs Road. He’s always organised is Oscar.
Joch, Woody and Spencer are over at the moment to pick the KI Shiraz. Our KI vineyards seem to run about 2-3 weeks behind McLaren Vale, with their cooler nights and longer growing season. This suits us just fine; we don’t want all the fruit coming in at once, as Kirk in the winery would have a melt down!
We have to bring a fair amount of equipment over to harvest in KI, including bins (To pick into) and a tractor to do ‘pick up’ – which means it drives in the vine row next to where the harvester is picking and collects the grapes. No-one was keen to drive the tractor down the ramp off the truck – it’s steeper than it looks. Well done Woody! Spencer wasn’t game apparently.
When the red wine grapes get to the winery, whether from KI or our Willunga vineyards, they all go through a fairly standard (and old-fashioned) winemaking process. They go through the crusher, and then are fermented in small open vessels. Pump overs occur twice or sometimes three times a day, where the fermenting juice/ wine is drained off the skins then pumped over the ‘cap’ of skins to get as much flavour and colour out of the skins. You can see Joch on his birthday doing pumpovers. Onya Bozzie!
Once fermentation has just about finished (the part where the grape sugar turns to alcohol) the wine is pressed off the skins and transferred to barrel to finish off fermenting. Then some poor sap has to dig out the skins from the open vessel. Here are Woody and Beatrice dig, dig digging! No need to go to the gym after doing this all day.
The skins and seeds are then taken off to be composted and will be used later as fertilizer in the vineyard. The great cycle of life!
And what have we been picking I hear you ask? Well, the usual suspects both here and on KI – Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay, a little Sauvignon Blanc, a little Touriga, Graciano, some Petit Verdot, some Pinot Grigio and Mataro (or Mourvedre). Joch has also got his own way AGAIN, and is making a small volume of early picked Semillon (a la Hunter Semillon). We tasted the just fermented juice recently with members of the Melbourne trade who came over with our distributors, and it tasted amazing – you’ll be hearing more about this wine later on this year. We might even do a late release of the wine. This wine will be bottled under the Bosworth label. See the prototype below.
In new vintage wine news, we have the 2018 Battle of Bosworth Touriga Nacional now available. You can taste it in cellar door or buy it online. We pick our Touriga lighter and leaner than they would in its home country of Portugal where it is used predominantly for making Port (Touriga is the anchor variety). We love the bright floral characters of the variety when picked earlier and made as a dry red wine style.
Well that’s all for now, I’ll do a end of vintage wrap once it’s all over, which looks like it will be well before Easter. Yippee, Easter egg hunt for all of us!
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 “Cellar Door 5th Birthday”
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 “Dates for your Diary”
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 “Cellar Door Festival 14-16th February 2014”
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 “Laneway Ladies of Brisbane Wednesday 12th September”