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.