Battle of Bosworth is one of the most exciting producers from the McLaren Vale, owing its fame to a series of outstanding single-vineyard wines made from estate-grown fruit. Owner, Joch Bosworth, is regarded as a brilliant organic farmer as well as a top class winemaker, and the Bosworth vineyards are among the most beautiful we have ever seen. Joch plays down his impeccable green credentials, arguing that he is doing nothing new: ‘A lot of what we do in the vineyard is simply old-fashioned grape growing; essentially, our vineyards are run as they would have been 50 years ago before synthetic pesticides and fertilizers became available.’
A pretty little flower called the soursob is Joch’s partner in crime to combat weeds. So important is the soursob that it features on the Battle of Bosworth labels, too.
"Fancy winemaking for our Bosworth Chardonnay; pressed straight to the very best French barrels from a variety of coopers, all of them expensive. The wine goes through a natural ferment; that is we don’t seed it with any commercial yeast but rely upon the natural yeast from the vineyard to start the process. The wine stays on high solids (sur lie) which helps to add subtle textural characters. High solids means we don’t rack off the old yeast cells but allow the wine to sit there in and amongst them."
The Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay has a complex nose of hazelnut, stonefruit skins and the merest hint of shotgun. The palate shows white stone fruit and some citrus characters. It is a medium-bodied full favoured delicious wine.
This Reserve Chardonnay has generous aromas of white peach, beautifully balanced by spicy oak with toasty undertones of vanilla and mocha. A rich and toasty palate shows pineapple and peach fruit with hints of cinnamon, which lingers to create a lovely wine with a long and persistent finish.
Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards Rhone Section (see blue link below).
Pale yellow with green tints, lemon rinds, herbs and honey aromas. Citrus and apricot flavours followed by vanilla flavours from barrel maturation. Creamy and lingering palate.
The Three Graces represent three of the noblest white grape varieties: Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne. The grapes were picked early to retain their freshness and fermented separately in stainless steel vats with a small portion of each variety both barrel and wild fermented followed by nine months' maturation on lees.
With The Three Graces Marsanne Viognier Roussanne I have been able to bring to life my passions: art, cricket and winemaking. With a nod to the works of Canova and Raphael this wine is dedicated to W.G. Grace, "The Champion", who had two brothers, E.M. and G.F., who also played cricket for England, including one test together against Australia in 1880.
This synergistic trio of Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne seamlessly combines the beauty, charm and joy only achievable in a three-way blend. Stone fruit, honeysuckle, apricot and bright lemon zest are in abundance in this medium bodied wine with a subtle glossy feel. The Marsanne brings elegance and texture, the Viognier finesse and flavour and the Roussanne grace and structure.
High in natural acidity and bone dry, this wine is fresh and bright with intense smells of lime skin, citrus blossom, green apple, ripe guava and cinnamon spice. On the palate, there is crisp lime sorbet, stone fruit including apricot and classic mandarin, developing into rich lemon meringue. Wonderful racy minerality.
The nose of this wine displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavoursome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. These sweet flavours evolve through the palate into more savoury flavours reminiscent of raw almonds and spice. A generous, textural wine with a surprising finesse on the finish.
The nose exhibits a whole array of characters from stone fruits and tropical notes through to nuttiness and an ever so delicate hint of Indian spice. The palate is robust! A luscious mix of pulpy fruit, green mango and papaya. These full flavours gently give way to honey blossom nuances and savoury pistachio notes which linger to a very long finish, adding refinement to the palate.
The wine displays lovely peach and creamy notes, with an oyster shell minerality that runs through the palate. Full flavoured and textured but with a vibrant acidity and a long lingering finish, this wine delivers a plethora of stone fruit, blossoms and savoury notes. The oak influence is minimal allowing the true flavours of the fruit to shine.
Melons, yellow peach, pear and stone fruits on the nose give away the style of this fresh easy drinking Chardonnay. The palate picks up from the nose with refreshing tropical fruits and more yellow peach and pears. The mid palate is beautifully creamy with good weight and the small amount of barrel fermentation adds a touch of integrated spice.