Preservative Free Shiraz 2010

Vintage

We recorded just about average annual rainfall over the year, which resulted in healthy crops of Shiraz and Cabernet. Unseasonably warm November weather interfered with the Chardonnay during flowering and has resulted in small crops of this variety. The weather then remained almost perfect for the rest of vintage. The general consensus amongst winemakers in the Vale is that 2010 marks an exceptional year for both red and white wines.

Winemaking

As much as we like to think we are mavericks at Battle of Bosworth in our habits of marching to the beat of a different drum, in reality we made this wine using fairly standard winemaking techniques. Fermentation occurred in a combination of both tank and open fermentation vessels. The main divergence from red winemaking SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) is that we bottled this Shiraz immediately after malolactic fermentation finished, so we could capture the youthful and vibrant Shiraz fruit characters. The wine did not spend any time in oak, and of course we made and bottled the wine without using any preservatives (sulphur dioxide).

To sum up:  "It was the style of the wine that came first, for me, and the preservative-free aspect came second," Joch says."The important thing is it's a good McLaren Vale shiraz," he says."Everything else follows after that."

Tasting Notes

The Battle of Bosworth Preservative Free Shiraz is our take on a Spanish 'Joven' style which refers to a wine that has been made with little or no oak-ageing and is designed to be drunk when young. Once again you might be hearing the BoB wheels heading off road onto a slightly different path, as our BoB PFS is not made using Spanish varieties, (such as Tempranillo or Grenache.) only SHIRAZ. A super vibrant black/ purple colour in the glass heralds a lively dark forest fruit and black cherry nose, as well as a lushness and hints of liquorice and spice. The wine has a rich, textural and even palate tied together with beautifully structured tannins. This is a medium to full-bodied style of wine.

Technical Details

Picking Date24th Feb 2010, 2nd March 2010 and 5th March 201
pH Level3.65
Alc/Vol14.0%
Bottling Date21st May 2010

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