‘Puritan’ is young, very young, and the colour reflects its youth – it is bright, vibrant purple. There are black cherries and violets on the nose with a hint of liquorice weed. On the palate there are black and red fruits with a blueberry and black cherry finish. The wine is bright, zippy and even. Think fresh upfront fruit, almost as if you’ve taken a glass and dipped it into a vat of fermenting Shiraz, it’s THAT fresh.
We had a very early start to vintage in 2015, with generally mild conditions throughout. We had only a handful of hot days, which allowed natural acids to develop nicely. This was a very short, sharp vintage, with most winemakers finishing their vintage well before Easter. Yields were down, somewhere between 10 and 30% depending on variety. Joch’s take on the whole affair? ‘Fast, early and pretty’.
We have modelled the Puritan on the young Tempranillos that come out of Rioja in Spain. Puritan spends no time in oak and is bottled as soon as it has gone through malolactic fermentation, which occurs after the sugar to alcohol primary fermentation. We have shamelessly copied this model, except with ‘Puritan’ we bottle the wine without any added preservatives, so it’s as fresh as a daisy, with nothing added. It is also made from Shiraz, too.
The Wine Front 28th September 2015 Gary Walsh
Puritan is their young wine style, and bottled without SO2.
Juicy black fruits, something a little pretty here too – a perfume – some licorice and sweet herbs. Plush, juicy mouthful of sweet squished berries and cherries, balanced acidity, light dusty chalky tannin and bright boysenberry freshness to the finish. Easy to drink. They make a very good fist of this style at BoB.
Adelaide Advertiser's Summer Hot 100 with Tony Love
Ticks plenty of 'now' boxes; certified organic, no oak, no preservatives. Winemaker Joch Bosworth nails this style with a youthful and perky shiraz showing surprising depth of darker berry flavours unhindered and excitingly pure to taste. Cool is as well if you wish and it hits the spot on a hot Sunday barbecue.
Nick Stock's McLaren Vale Report #2 on www.jamessuckling.com
A preservative free shiraz that has a very attractive nose that is saturated in ripe red and purple fruits, as well as a good dose of earthy regional chocolaty notes. The palate's richly flavored but lightly textured, delicious
The Weekend Australian 'Life' Dec 26th and 27th 2015, Max Allen
Are you riddled with self-loathing for buying into the rank materialism of the modern capitalist Christmas complex? Salve your conscience by drinking ethically: the 2015 Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz (AUD$20.00) is certified organic, preservative-free, and offers oodles of delicious McLaren Vale Shiraz blackberry goodness at a very fair price. Good for the planet, good for your body and good for your wallet. Feel better already, don't you?
Vineyards: Denton's, Edgehill, Cox's and The Hill Shiraz (in front of cellar door)
Picking Date: 18th, 21st, 24th and 26th February 2015
Bottling Date: 19th May 2015