Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wine News

September 2010

Good afternoon everyone. Please find what I consider to be a short newsletter which I have slipped in prior to our Christmas newsletter which should arrive about mid November. I wanted to take advantage of some smashing press we have had very recently and take the opportunity to brag a little. Joch is OS right now spreading the Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed word in the USA and then the UK, so knowing how modest he is, I have used his absence to get my three penny’s worth in without running it by the boss…..We hope this newsletter finds you well.

The Battle of Bosworth South Australian Wine Awards Double
The most exciting thing to have happened since our last communiqué is that Battle of Bosworth has won a ‘double’ at the 2010 South Australian Wine of the Year Awards held on Friday the 10thof September at the Intercontinental Hotel. The Battle of Bosworth 2010 Preservative Free Shiraz won the professional judges award, and the Battle of Bosworth 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon won the consumer judges’ award, both in the newly created organic category.

The awards are presented annually to recognize the very best wines produced in South Australia. They are judged by an independent panel of the state’s leading wine judges and are unique in having a separate set of amateur consumer judges who taste a selection of the best wines first chosen by the professional judges from more than 1000 entries.

Both wines were reviewed in the Taste section of the Advertiser (15 September 2010):

Battle of Bosworth McLaren Vale 2010 Preservative Free Shiraz

‘In the inaugural class for certified organic/ biodynamic wines, the professionals were quite excited by this new vintage, freshly styled red. It shows great vibrant colours as well as bright, juicy, crimson, raspberry fruit flavour, a dash of spice and even a light tannin dusting. It’s ready to drink and worth exploring for being a good McLaren Vale red as much as for its organic and preservative-free status.

Battle of Bosworth McLaren Vale 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

‘What a double for the creative McLaren Vale crew behind this fruit-driven cabernet with classic cassis and a faint hint of mint. The consumers were entranced by their selection, which showed the best organic wines are going great guns.’

You can order these award winning wines here.

Vale Cru Tasting Sunday 19th September 2010 at the Victory Hotel from 2-5pm
A late call to arms for all South Australians: if you are kicking your heels this Sunday with nothing planned, hop on line at and book your ticket to the annual tasting of some of McLaren Vale’s high quality, small batch winemakers. For $40.00 you get to taste some 70 wines from more than 20 producers, hear wine writer Philip White and Drew Noon MW talk about the region, get a free glass, tasting guide and finger food all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Gulf St Vincent. Louise will be on deck showing the two South Australian Wine of the Year award winning wines (see above) amongst others, and be dispensing good humour and bonhomie throughout. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vineyard Visits
Since last we talked, we have had two vineyard visits from state based distributors. Chanda Rice and the team from Chace Agencies who sell the Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed wines into South Australia ventured down from Kent Town SA to have a look about. They tasted the wines, looked at the organic vineyards and were attacked in Joch’s ute by a vicious 3 year old who leapt up onto the bonnet from out of the hedgerow. No-one was harmed in this incident and the Chace team left hopefully inspired by Joch’s organic endeavours, the beautiful spring day, and the fact they got away unscathed from Peggy’s assault.

The newest member of World Wine Estates, who sell our Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed wines into NSW and our Spring Seed Wines in Victoria, James Brandwood came down and visited us on a trip to SA with his wife-to-be visiting potential wedding venues. James managed to sneak off and come for a vineyard tour at BoB and have a look at a couple of wines. James also works a couple of shifts at Jimmy Liks in Sydney, which has been a solid supporter of our wines over the years. Go forth and sell James!

The circle of life
Driving back to the house the other day I suddenly noticed something strange was happening. The Orchard Chardonnay was beginning to stir; budburst was here and in fact more than that, there was a leaf! So it starts again. After a fabulously wet winter and start to spring (we had 27.5mm last night) the new season begins. Fingers crossed for a terrific 2010/ 2011 season.

Online occurrences: what ‘they’ are saying about us
There have been a couple of nice reviews and articles about us.

FP ShirazJames Halliday in the (online) Wine Companion reviewed the 2010 Preservative Free Shiraz;

Extraordinarily deep purple-crimson; the dense fruit bouquet and palate follow on logically; bypassed oak barrels altogether. Paradoxically, needs a year or two to settle down, but a very good example of preservative-free wine.90 points’ has a terrific Q and A session with Joch. In ‘musings of a wine hack’ Patrick Haddock starts off complimenting Louise on her social media content (always guaranteed to please) but then manages to sneak the q and a’s past the official sensor (Louise) so we get this amusing little snippet. Surely some mistake?

You’ve just produced a preservative free Shiraz, was that borne out of curiosity or a consumer demand?
We had been working on a ‘Joven’ style for a few years and this year realised it could be done without sulphur. Curiosity first, figured demand would follow if it was good. We are not very scientific on new wines/products; Louise (my partner) is not a good focus group, if I suggest something generally she swears at me. So now I make it then tell her later.
Have a look at the article in full at

Online ordering
To order any of our Battle of Bosworth or Spring Seed Wines please order online, or head to the website or and download an order form and mail or fax the old way. Have a wonderful spring and we will be in touch again before Christmas.


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

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