Dark ruby/ purple with a whiff of floral (lavender) and blueberry. White Boar has a rich palate and plush, too as we expect from this style of wine. Whilst rich, it still has delicate hints of floral and anise spices. Gentle but supportive tannins and a hugely long and lingering finish.
We didn’t think things could get much better after the 2021 season, but we were wrong. It was almost spooky: average winter and early spring rains, a cool summer and gentle ripening conditions throughout the 2022 season. This ripening period was also dry, and we didn’t experience any heat spikes at all; everything ripened in order and with a break between the varieties.
Veraison (the stage of grape development when the grapes change colour as they get nearer to harvest) was later than usual, and picking across all varieties was a little later than usual, too. Overall, 2022 was a terrific vintage, with super quality whites and reds too.
We have cane pruned 3 rows on our Chanticleer block, as opposed to the spur pruned vine training system that we use throughout most of the Bosworth vineyards. This allows us to train a dedicated fruiting cane every year on which we grow the Shiraz for White Boar. Once the grapes are flavour and sugar ripe we cut these sacrificial canes and allow the Shiraz to dry and concentrate on the vines for 6 days before harvesting and a slow ferment in open vessels. Once through ferment White Boar matures for approximately 12 months in larger older oak before bottling.
The Real Review
Dense ruby to purple colours shining through the glass. Blueberry and lavender bush aromatics. Rich and plush purple fruits fill the mouth, hints of florals and anise spices come in from the edges offering interest. Tannins sit in the background to guide it gently and it flows long and lingering to the finish. 31 DEC 2023
Picking Date: 17th March 2022
Bottling Date: 7th August 2023