April 2011


So, to set the scene: lovely winter rains, a relatively cool growing season without any heat waves (along with some more lovely rain). This all preceded a bit more rain in March when in fact we had had more than enough, thank you. What started as a nice easy vintage spawned a period where I think Joch picked for about 72 hours with barely 8 hours sleep at one stage. At the time of writing we still have Graciano, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet sitting out there enjoying the nice Autumnal weather, but it was a little frantic for a while there. We had a guest tractor driver bringing some Sydney glamour to the proceedings one Joel Amos who came for dinner one night, but then was drafted in to do pick up and worked till 2am. Thanks Joel. Expect terrific whites and some excellent parcels of red from Vintage 2011, or V2011 as my twitter friends call it.

Joel and Spencer do tractor pick up. Dinner next time Joel

Channel 9 Today Show’s Karl Stefanovic interrupted a very earnest Cairns teenager as she discussed her award winning science project on sulphur in fruit wines, with a massive plug for the Battle of Bosworth Preservative Free Shiraz. Nice one Karl and thanks for the support – and wine orders. I got lots of calls from McLaren Vale locals demanding to know what I had done to get such splendid publicity and I told them, quality will always out!!

In the US, Wine Editor of ‘Food and Wine’ Ray Isle reviewed the Spring Seed ‘Scarlet Runner’ Shiraz in his Wine Tasting Room section, under ‘FIVE GREAT ORGANICALLY FARMED WINES’ Food and Wine is a monthly magazine published in the US and was founded in 1978. Ray Isle is the Wine Editor of Food and Wine, who has previous form with our Spring Seed wines, presenting the Spring Seed ‘Four O’clock’ Chardonnay on the US Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda. The annual Food and Wine Guide also featured the Spring Seed ‘Four O’clock’ Chardonnay. If ever we meet, we definitely owe Ray a couple of beers.

Mike Bennie is a freelance wine writer and journalist from Sydney who is writing for various publications, and has recently joined the www.winefront.com.au team of Gary Walsh and Campbell Mattinson. Mike reviewed the 2010 Spring Seed 'Forget-me-not' Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – and us as well. Ding dang genuine delights? Does he mean bumpkins I wonder?

Good people those Bosworths. LHS and Joch are a couple of ding-dang genuine delights who show little affectation from their gradual rise and rise in popularity. Certified organic vineyards produce fruit for their wines, but for them it’s all about quality rather than the kudos of the piece of paper. ....the wine is frrrrreessshh. All primary fruits in the bouquet with limes and mandarins doing a little dance. The palate has a grassy affectation, some grapefruit acidity, a pinch of spice then mandarin juice and tropical fruits come back to the fore. It’s not complex or layered with detail, but it is the kind of smashingly refreshing drink that a bargain seeking nation wants in its cups come BBQ day or pool party...in the end, a fully organic, pure of fruit and very clean white wine… at all of $15? Win’. Click here to buy this wine.

With the Australian dollar being so strong many of you might be thinking of a foreign sojourn. If you are heading to Vietnam and are thinking of treating yourself then the Nam Hai is for you. Located on the mid coast of Vietnam, it is an exclusive resort which is now featuring the Spring Seed – ‘Scarlet Runner Shiraz’. Well done Alex Sitaru - our man in Nha Trang.

The word is that the Battle of Bosworth cellar door may very well be open for business on or about 13 May 2011. Glacially slow progress with regard to disabled facilities and some other minor details appear to have been resolved and we are good to proceed. In the meantime we have built a big fence using the plantation gums which did not make it through the drought. The fence will steer our customers away from the house and up to the cellar door.

The new fence and the ‘Folly’ before it becomes Cellar Door

The 2010 Battle of Bosworth Sticky Semillon (‘Clarence’) is finally labeled and ready to go. This is a delicate floral sweet wine with a hint of botrytis and is quite delicious in taste and price  - $15.00.

We are proud to release the 2010 Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay which is also now available ($25.00 per bottle.) Made in very small quantities, this wine has been treated to the best of everything in terms of winemaking process: 100% barrel fermented in the best French oak (50% new), it was allowed to start fermentation naturally with indigenous yeasts and remained on lees until bottling. What all this means is we have made a wonderful Chardonnay showing citrus, tree fruit and oak in perfect balance, with a long, fine acid length.

The 2009 Battle of Bosworth ‘White Boar’ is also now available ($45.00). This year it has approximately 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in it, but certainly maintains the style of the wine from previous years. My take on Joch’s take on the wine? ‘on the nose dark fruits, marshmallow flower, fresh chorizo and a touch of old Jamaica. Red and black fruits on the palate, underwritten with supple tannins’  

The new vintage 2010 Spring Seed ‘Scarlet Runner’ Shiraz is also available and is an excellent wine from a very strong vintage.

You can buy online HERE.

We have been inundated with visitors which is always great fun. We have had Jamie staying in the Folly (soon to be Cellar Door). Jamie is a Pommy chef who is cooking at the Currant Shed restaurant in McLaren Flat for Hamish and Emily. Jamie’s claim to fame is that he went to school with the future Queen Catherine of England. A lovely gal apparently. Jamie amazed the girls by being spotted sunbathing on a brisk 17.5 degree day in a valiant attempt to get a tan before returning home at the end of this month. Mad.

Mad dogs and Englishmen – Jamie in the garden in very unbalmy 17.5 deg C

Stuart George lobbed into town for his annual visit and very much enjoyed the Adelaide test and wore his MCC jersey down to dinner after it, which amused Joch not at all. Stuart is a journalist who works for a US-based auction house and writes occasional pieces for the Langton’s auction website.

Louise and Roxie went down and manned the stand at the Adelaide Convention Centre’s inaugural Cellar Door festival
from Friday, 25th-Sunday 27th February. It was great fun and
we had some good sales and showed the wines to a lot of
people, many who had not tasted the wines before.

Love was in the air at the Vineyards when James Brandwood
and partner Simone tied the knot in the garden on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. James works for World Wine Estates
in Sydney, which sells the Bob and Spring Seed Wines. Given that there is a bigger % of males on my mailing list than girls, I have put the photo of the Monaro the bride arrived in, and not the happy couple. Congratulations James and Simone and have a great honeymoon.

Simone’s hot bridemobile

Come and join us at Paxton’s cellar door on Sunday, 17 April for a lunch catered by Ann Oliver. Hop through to this link and you can see the menu and booking form as well. Joch will be there on the day to talk a little, and pour a lot of our wines, along with Paxton’s and the Walter Clappis Hedonist range of wines. This biodynamic and organic feast is only $80.00 per head.

Battle of Bosworth now features on the new McLaren Vale smart phone app which provides a terrific
overview of McLaren Vale’s wineries, restaurants and
all general information. Click here to download the app from the iTunes store for FREE! It is a great tool if you are coming for a visit.

Louise is working on the new website which should be launched within the month. With the help of designer Mel Terrett (who worked on the Spring Seed Labels) and Michael Major who has created more websites than you’ve had hot dinners, there will soon be a sleek new online presence for BoB and not before time. As much as I like the old and original one, it is certainly time for an update.

Cheers and look forward to seeing some of you at our cellar door very soon.

Joch and Louise

PS please do not hesitate to send this email onto a friend who you think might be interested in our wines – there will be prizes for the recommenders! Make sure your friend mentions your name when ordering.

Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines
Edgehill Vineyards
Postal Address PO Box 11
McLaren Vale SA 5171
(Gaffney Road Willunga SA 5172)

T:   +61 (0)8 8556 2441
F:   +61 (0)8 8556 4881
E:  louise@edgehill-vineyards.com.au
W:  www.battleofbosworth.com.au and www.springseedwineco.com.au

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