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
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
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
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
Hoping to come down again around Xmas and buy some more of your fabulous wine and some more glasses. I broke one last weekend (devastated).
Helen Hayes, 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
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
We received the wine and are loving it. My wife has previously ordered some of your chardonnay and I bought another dozen for her birthday. Happy faces all round!
Mark Wiese, Marsfield 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.
Phil Beekhuizen, WA
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 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
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
It’s raining outside, the creeks are running and there’s a heap of gum trees down all over the vineyards after the storm that came through last night. It’s winter, and it’s raining, which is great. I know I am like a broken record when it comes to talking about rain (especially given my English origins – fond memories of camping in Devon when it rained non-stop for 2 weeks..) Here’s snake creek, halfway down the drive way.
We had a visit from the team from Grape and Grain who sell our wines in the west. It was pouring, so we made them look at the house and the winter creek as it ran over the gum tree bridge.
We also made them do some vineyard work – well, we made Maria do some pruning on the Road Shiraz block. We also tasted some wine in barrel from the 2019 vintage wines, as well as Joch’s single barrel of fortified Touriga – hoping to be bottled before Father’s Day, without wanting to gender stereotype or anything like that.
Joch got his photo in the US wine magazine Wine Spectator with a review of the 2017 Spring Seed ‘Forget-me-not’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. It got a great score (91 points) which is no surprise to us, we have been saying for years what a wonderful Bordeaux-style blend it is.
The wine is still available at cellar door or online. A tangible result of Bozzie’s mug shot appearing in the WS was a message on our Facebook page from Chris Dowsett, an old mate of Joch’s from his gap year in the USA. Chris and Joch worked together at Mondavi back in the Paleozoic era, well before Battle of Bosworth times.
Winter means pruning (and rain, see above) and so we measure the passing of the seasons by the coming and going of Harley the fisherman. Harley turns land lubber in the winter months and comes and prunes the Hill Shiraz in front of cellar door, and other blocks too. Harley has shaved his beard off I noticed when i went to get my annual shot. Onya Harley!
A final wildlife update – Woody from the winery sent me a video of a kestrel in the barrel hall. Woody reckoned it was escaping the storm that was brewing, I reckon it loves a drop of red. Video not good enough to post sadly, but as an old twitcher myself it was awesome to see.
A final bit of showing off from the James Suckling Australian wine reviews was for our island wines, and specifically the Springs Road 2017 Shiraz – a whopping 95 points! If you are interested this wine is available (and the other SR KI wines) for the moment on the Battle of Bosworth/ Spring Seed online shop until our new you beauty shop is up and running. Click here to buy all of our wines!.
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