The Independent Wine Review Thursday 4th October 2012

White Boar 2010

 ‘This 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” is one of the top wines of the Battle of Bosworth estate and its production was inspired by the production methods behind Amarone – North East Italy’s most iconic wine.
 
60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” saw the grapes destined for it dried before pressing and fermentation (as is the case for Amarone). This two week drying period which occurred on the vine, after the cordon to each bunch of grapes had been cut (differently to Amarone where the grapes are dried in lofts once harvested) allowed a concentration of flavours and sugars to occur. Fermentation of this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” in old oak followed.
 
An intense ruby colour in the glass, the elevated alcoholic content of this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” hints at the grape drying technique that was used to concentrate sugars before this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” is even tasted, with 15% abv clearly displayed in viscous alcoholic legs.
 
Pronounced and impressively complex on the nose, this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” is an utterly beguiling blend of winemaking cultures and styles. Aromas of ripe damson and jammed strawberry rise from the glass of this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar”, accompanied by a gorgeously sweet spice consisting of clove, cinnamon and vanilla. Dried fruit aromas are also in evidence, with a hint of cigar box and coffee showing the developing influence of oak.
 
Full bodied and rich in the mouth, this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” exhibits layers of concentrated plum and over-ripe red cherry fruits, interwoven with those gorgeous spices and dried fruit nuances from the nose. A fairly muscular structure of tannins is beautifully integrated and this, along with a balanced level of acidity offers potential for further bottle maturation.  Intense, complex and long, this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” lingers impressively on swallowing with sweet spice remaining. This is a stonkingly good wine.
 
Already drinking well, it is possible to consume this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” either as a “meditation wine” (as per the traditional use of Amarone), or this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” will pair well with rich meat dishes. Put a few bottles of this 2010 Battle of Bosworth “White Boar” away and it will likely develop through to 2020. 2970 bottles produced.