This is a warm, rich, multi-layered red which is built for enjoying alongside winter braises such as osso bucco, or with a hunk of hard cheese by a roaring fire. The 2018 version is 100% Shiraz, and shows the same raisiny fruit (not jammy), chocolate, sweet dark fruits (plums) and a wonderful earthiness as previous vintages do. At the same time, it has a characteristic Bosworth freshness, too. The palate is full, even and soft and extremely long and layered.
We had above average winter rainfall and although we had a dry June, we recorded decent falls in July and August. Below average rainfall was recorded in spring, and we experienced some warm spring nights. Summer rain tally was also below average despite a wet December. McLaren Vale experienced warm a warm Autumn ripening period with low rainfall. Overall vintage in McLaren Vale produced wine of excellent quality and while total tonnages were down for the season, compared to a wet and fertile 2017, the reports from winemakers on wine quality has been almost universally positive.
We owe our creative inspiration for the White Boar to the Amarone wine style from Valpolicella in Italy. We don’t dry and concentrate our grapes on racks like they do in Italy, however. When Joch deemed our Shiraz grapes to be flavour ripe, their canes were cut and they were left to dry on the vines for about 10 days. The grapes were then hand-picked before undergoing a very slow fermentation in old oak. The drying process concentrates flavour, sugar and acid.
Picking Date: 14th March 2018
Bottling Date: 1st October 2019