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Battle Of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

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.

The winemakers at Battle of Bosworth use traditional tried and tested wine making techniques year in and year out. They pick the Cabernet when it is flavour and sugar ripe, then crush it and ferment it in small open vessels. Fermentation finishes in barrel using mainly old oak (about 70%) and the balance in new mainly French hogsheads (300l) barrels. They then blend back some of the cordon cut, vine dried Cabernet to the wine just prior to bottling, a practise which has been undertaken since they began making the wine.

The Battle of Bosworth Cabernet has red/ black fruits on the nose, so think redcurrants blackberries and blackcurrants. There is a freshness which verges on mint. Overall the wine is lively and medium-bodied and very fresh. It has a structured but accessible palate and for those that have patience it will cellar very well, but if you haven’t got time for all that waiting, it will drink well now. Decanting before drinking would be a good idea to give the wine some air and give it time to release all of those aromas…. 

£15.40

Battle Of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz 2016 (6x 75cl)

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.

They 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. They have shamelessly copied this model, except with ‘Puritan’ where the wine is bottled without any added preservatives, so it’s as fresh as a daisy, with nothing added. It is made from Shiraz.

The 2016 Puritan is bursting with life, as it should be, given it has barely time to turn around from being picked, fermented and then put immediately to bottle. There are soft plums on the nose and the palate is utterly delicious with black and red fruits, soft tannins and a wonderful finish. Drink alone and enjoy Puritan’s ‘joi de vivre’ or have with a juicy steak.

£86.52

Battle Of Bosworth White Boar 2013 (1x 75cl)

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.

‘White Boar’ is their version of Amarone, a style of wine made in the Italian region of Valpolicella using 3 indigenous varieties which are picked and then dried on racks before being fermented.  The process has been adapted so that they cut the canes of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to sever the water and nutrient supply from the vine, so that the leaves die and fall off and the fruit dries and concentrates on the vine. The grapes are picked after about 10-12 days and fermented slowly – the sugar content after this period of drying is pretty high. The wine is fermented to dryness however. They mature the wine in old larger format barrels and then bottle it. White Boar is a long lived wine.

White Boar has a nose of well-worn leather, dark fruit, dark chocolate, with a full soft palate and fine grained tannins. 

£26.64

Battle Of Bosworth White Label Pinot Noir 2015 (6x 75cl)

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.

In deference to the warm climate they pick the Pinot early and make it more like a Beaujolais than a Burgundy because they want to make a wine with soft tannins and gentle aromas on the strawberry end of the spectrum. To do this about 30% of the grapes are put through carbonic maceration. The grapes are hand-picked and allowed to ferment (without being crushed) in plastic bags in apple crates. The balance of the grapes are processed in a fairly standard red winemaking fashion; crushed, fermented, pressed off skins into (predominantly older) oak before blending back to the ‘cab mac’ component and bottling.

There are beautiful ripe red fruits on the nose – think plums and strawberries along with a light, alluring spice. The Bosworth Pinot Noir is a middle weight wine with red fruit running through the palate and framed within lovely tannins. This wine goes very well with cheeses, chicken dishes and charcuterie.

£86.88

Bianchi `Famiglia Bianchi` Organic Malbec 2014 (1x75cl)

Intense red violet colour. Red fruit notes such as raspberries mix with prunes, spices, tobacco, chocolate and a hint of coffee on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with rounded tannins. Notes of coffee and bitter chocolate from the oak ageing add complexity to the mature red fruit character on the long, well-balanced finish.

£15.00

Bisceglia Aglianico Del Vulture Gudarra 2012 (1x75cl)

Intense red and black fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of spice, showing fantastic balance between its tannic structure and fruit.

£16.35

Cazes `Ego` Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2013 (1x75cl)

Served at 15°C. The nose reveals great aromas of ripe black and red fruits. On the palate, these melt with leather and liquorice notes with soft, velvety tannins. This is a round and rich wine with a wonderful balance as well as a nice and refreshing acid

£15.85

Chateau De Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2012 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Provence (see blue link below). 

Pibarnon 2012 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

The vineyards overlook the valley, facing the sea, covering terraces upon terraces up to 300 metres altitude, on slopes forming a vast amphitheatre, sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards means cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The Château de Pibarnon vineyard is planted on very old and highly calcareous, Triassic ground. This limestone enhances the bouquet in the wine. It also allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is this which causes the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary type and flavour. Château de Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located at the summit of the estate including Bel Air, Jourdan, Pointes-Blanches and le Cirque.

The icy winter had little effect on the vines. The winter ended with a dry month in March. The months of April and May provided the necessary rainfall that the grapes need in order to thrive.  In July and August, the nights were very cool (sometimes 15°C early in the morning).  The fermentation was followed by a very long maceration (about 3 weeks) before running off. The wine was then aged in oak for 20 months.

2012 is a vintage revealing firmness as well as great elegance. It has less powerful tannins than in 2011 - these are distinguished by their velvety texture and finesse. This wine seems to offer juicy fruits from the first sip, it then reveals unexpected depths and lengths with subtle spicy and minty notes.

 

£29.80

Chateau Du Cedre Cahors 2013 (6x75cl)

Whilst young, Chateau Du Cedre Cahors is already tasting delicious and no doubt has the legs to last. Beautifully pure, soft fruit with pepper and oak-smoke; nice and restrained in spite of the deep concentration. The palate has fantastic balance and the tannins are soft and the body of the wine of the wine is just as restrained as the nose. If Ron Burgundy were a wine, it would be this one.

£100.15

Chateau Tour Des Gendres Bergerac Rouge Le Classique 2014 (1x 75cl)

Whilst we make every effort to ensure our information is up-to-date where the current vintage is not available this will be replaced by the next available vintage. We will of course endeavour to contact you where this is the case before dispatch.

£10.26

Conterno Fantino Barbera Dalba Doc Vignota 2004 (6x 50cl)

A wine ruby red in appearance with cherry reflections. Elegantly scented with pleasant notes of cherry and sour cherry. Very rich extractions on the palate, persistent but simultaneously soft.
£64.80

Conterno Fantino Barbera Dalba Doc Vignota 2015 (1x 75cl)

A wine ruby red in appearance with cherry reflections. Elegantly scented with pleasant notes of cherry and sour cherry. Very rich extractions on the palate, persistent but simultaneously soft.
£16.14

Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna Del Gris Docg 2010 (1x 75cl)

A powerful, concentrated, complex and commanding nose. The palate is full and structured but surprisingly well rounded with black fruit, liquorice and mocha flavours, hints of rose petal and a defiant finish.

£64.14

Cullen Diana Madeline 2012 (1x 75cl)

Deep red with strong purple tinges. Very attractive blend of violet and redcurrent aromas on the nose. Fresh redcurrent flavours with a touch of plum are in perfect balance with the firm but unobtrusive tannins. Great length and persistence. An elegant yet substantial wine.

£51.72

David Reynaud Crozes Hermitage 2013 (1x 75cl)

The 2013 is deep cherry red in colour. The vibrant cassis, blueberry and liquorice character on the nose is followed by appealing, juicy, primary fruit flavours. The wine is full and refreshing and has excellent purity of fruit which is supported by very fine-grained tannins. The finish is long, with lingering blueberry, blackberry and liquorice.

£16.50
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