Battle of Bosworth Wines

About

Battle of Bosworth makes single vineyard, organically grown wines from our family vineyards. The aim is to produce balanced and flavoursome single vineyard wines that best express the qualities and characteristics of the site, in a wine style that we, and hopefully others, enjoy drinking.

Location Description

Our cellar door is an old (1850s) converted chaff shed and stables which has elevated views over our vines looking north to McLaren Vale and west to the Gulf St Vincent.

Features

  • Australian Certified Organic.

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Winemaker

Raised in the clean fresh air of McLaren Vale, Joch Bosworth spent his formative years helping in the vineyard and pestering local marine life in the crystal waters off the St Gulf St Vincent, 7 km to the west of Edgehill Vineyard. No sea creatures were safe from the young Bosworth’s hunting and gathering tendencies, though the bivalves could breathe a sigh of relief once Joch had translated a couple of viewings of the movie ‘Jaws’ into real live terror of the deep. This restricted his fishing activities to what he could achieve from the boat.

Following successful study at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales in viticulture (Associate Diploma 1988-1990) Joch embarked on the quintessential vinous world tour. After spending a season working for Robert Mondavi in the Napa, he then went on to do a vintage or harvest in Oregon, at Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Returning home, Joch was drawn east of the border to Goona Warra, a small Victorian winery in the Sunbury wine region, where he worked for several years. After three years as resident viticulturist and winemaker (including some practice at making Grappa in the lab) Joch returned home to Edgehill Vineyard in 1995 to take over the reins from father and founder, Peter.

Joch’s commitment to organic principles in the vineyards began with an increasing sense of discomfort about using synthetic chemicals on his soils and at the same time, that using natural, old fashioned farming techniques was utterly feasible in a climate as benign as McLaren Vale’s.

Max Allen in his book, The Future Makers; Australian Wines for the 21st Century, describes Joch as one of the ‘most important organic winemakers in Australia’.

Including the 2003 Battle of Bosworth Shiraz in his annual hotlist of 100 Best Australian Wines, UK Wine journalist Matthew Jukes said that Joch is regarded by his peers as ‘an off the wall viticultural genius‘. It might be worth talking to some of his peers to find out exactly what they meant by this statement, but as it stands, it’s a pleasing observation.

Joch was named McLaren Vale’s grape grower of the year at the annual McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association’s (MVGWTA) Wine Industry Awards in September 2008. The award recognises best practise viticultural management in McLaren Vale, as well as commitment to innovation, environmental sustainability and grape growing excellence.

History

Located in Willunga, to the south of the McLaren Vale township, Edgehill Vineyard was established in the early 1970s by Peter and Anthea Bosworth. Willunga itself was settled in approximately 1837 and Bosworths have been growing grapes in the district on and off from the late 1840s. Son Joch Bosworth took over the management and day to day running of the vineyards in 1995, and set about converting the vineyards to certified organic viticulture from this time.

Traditionally a region of mixed agriculture from the earliest pioneer days, Willunga grew wheat, sheep, stone fruits and barley, as well as dairy cattle and almonds. Almonds were an important part of the local economy in the 1950s and 1960s, but Willunga was unable to compete with the Riverland region’s unrestricted access to water for irrigation and cheap land for almond growing, and the industry fell into decline. Many of the commercial almond groves became derelict as a result, and Edgehill Vineyard was established on one such property.

Battle of Bosworth Wines was established in 2001 by Joch and partner Louise Hemsley-Smith and wines are made from vines that were planted in the early 1970’s by Joch’s parents.

The Team

Louise landed in Australia on St Valentine’s Day 14th February 1997 fresh from the UK, with a personal tradition of lengthy and largely unimpressive university study and long vacation travel. She worked on her cousin’s vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, but found the bracing morning temperatures during grape picking a bit too reminiscent of home, so moved down to McLaren Vale.

Night study for a Masters in Marketing at the University of South Australia gave her time to make her early mistakes in wine marketing and sales at various McLaren Vale wineries (Tatachilla Winery, d’Arenberg and Penny’s Hill) during the day. Officially retiring from working for ‘the man’ in 2005 she went back to the Bosworth family vineyards to work for the Man – Joch Bosworth – where she took over all aspects of sales, marketing, administration etc. of their wine labels, as well as a sideline of looking after the next generation of Bosworths, Celia (vintage 2004) and Peggy (vintage 2007).

Practices & Techniques

The aim is to produce balanced and flavoursome single vineyard wines that best express the qualities and characteristics of the site, in a wine style that we, and hopefully others, enjoy drinking. Battle of Bosworth makes a Chardonnay Viognier blend, a Sauvignon Blanc, a dry Cabernet Rosé, a Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a very limited volume of our Amarone inspired White Boar Shiraz.

As organic producers we can’t use blending components from other vineyards, or indeed other regions, even if we wanted to. We have to create our own blending components in the vineyard and winery in various ways to add complexity to our wines.

Joch constantly experiments in the vineyard using different regimes – pruning, trellising, water regulation, crop thinning and other techniques, which, if they prove effective, are adopted. The use of cordon-cut Amarone style grapes in the red wines has come about as the result of one such trial. We experiment in the winery by manipulating fermentation time, fermentation temperature, the type of oak used, the time spent in oak, time on lees and a host of other processes, to best achieve the desired Battle of Bosworth style.

This constant spirit of experimentation in the vineyard and winery, along with traditional vinification and natural minimal processing, combined with organic and sustainable viticulture allows us to capture the purity, integrity, texture and flavour of the vineyard in our wines.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyards are located in the southern foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges which form the eastern boundary of the McLaren Vale region, and are some 7km due west of the sea. Our vineyards are approximately 130m above sea level.

Soils comprise predominantly Urrbrae silt loams from the Quaternary period. They are variously red brown to chocolate brown clay loams with slate/ quartz gravel over red brown, very stony and well-structured clay with up to 50% soft carbonate. This all means that the soils are very well-drained (vines do not appreciate ‘wet feet’) and at the same time, have excellent water holding properties. Supplementary drip irrigation from underground water is used in the vineyards when required.

Vines:

The Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vines are all trained to a two wire vertically shoot positioned spur pruned trellis. The ‘cordon cut’ rows from which we get the vine-dried Cabernet and Shiraz blending components (and from the Shiraz, the ‘White Boar’material) are trained to a single wire cordon with spur and cane vertically shoot positioned. In terms of clonal selection, the Cabernet Sauvignon vines are LC10 and LC 14 and Shiraz a mixture of 1664 and a very old and unknown McLaren Vale clone. Vines are approximately twenty years old. The Chardonnay plantings are made up of the I10VI clone and the Viognier a mixture of Montpellier and HTK. Rows are approximately 3.35m wide in the vineyard and space between vines about 1.8m Vine densities average at about 664 vines per acre across all varieties.

Joch combats any weeds in partnership with the Soursob (oxalis pes-caprae), the pretty yellow flower which also features on the Battle of Bosworth label. Growing rapidly under vine with the onset of winter rains, the Soursob out-competes other weeds in winter and forms a natural weed mat in spring and summer. The lifecycle of the Soursob fits very well with the grape vine as it uses water in winter when the vine is dormant and dies off in summer as the vines’ water requirements increases.

Awards

BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2012 ‘PURITAN’ SHIRAZ {NO ADDED PRESERVATIVE}
Battle of Bosworth 2012 ‘Puritan’ Shiraz {no added preservative} wins Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Preservative Free Wine of Show at Australia and New Zealand Organic Wine Show 2013
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2011 ‘PURITAN’ SHIRAZ {NO ADDED PRESERVATIVE}
Battle of Bosworth 2011 ‘Puritan’ Shiraz {no added preservative} wins Gold Medal, Highest Pointed Shiraz and Best Preservative Free Wine at Organic Wine Show Australia New Zealand 2011
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2010 ‘CLARENCE’ STICKY SEMILLON
Battle of Bosworth 2010 ‘Clarence’ Sticky Semillon wins Judges and Consumer's Award at SA Wine Awards 2011
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Top 100 Wine and Editor's Pick at Advertiser 'Taste' Top 100 Wines
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Gold Medal and Vinpac International Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at 2011 McLaren Vale Wine Show
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2010 PRESERVATIVE FREE SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Preservative Free Shiraz wins Professional Judges Choice in Certified Organic Section at SA Wine of the Year Awards, September 2010
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2010 SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Shiraz wins Top 100 Wine at Advertiser 'Taste' Top 100 Wines
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Shiraz wins Professional Judges Winner at South Australian Wine of the Year Awards 2012
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2010 BEST OF VINTAGE
Battle of Bosworth 2010 Best of Vintage wins The Adelaide Review Hot 100 South Australian Wines 2012
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Battle of Bosworth 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon wins SA Wine of the Year Awards 2010
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Battle of Bosworth 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Top 100 at Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2010
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2006 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Battle of Bosworth 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Top 100 at Sunday Times Top 100 Winter Wines Peter Forrestal
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2005 CHARDONNAY VIOGNIER
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Chardonnay Viognier wins Highly Commended at 2006 Sydney International Wine Competition
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Chardonnay Viognier wins Top 100 at Best 100 Australian Wines Matthew Jukes 2006
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Chardonnay Viognier wins Decanter World Wine Awards 2006
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2005 SHIRAZ VIOGNIER
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Shiraz Viognier wins Top 100 at 100 Best Australian Wines Matthew Jukes 2006
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Shiraz Viognier wins Gold Medal and Trophy and Best Wine in Show at 2006 Australia and New Zealand Organic Wine Show
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2005 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Top 100 at Courier Mail Top 100 Wines
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2005 SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2005 Shiraz wins Top 100 wines at Adelaide Advertiser Top 100 Wines November 2007
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2004 SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2004 Shiraz wins Top 100 at Adelaide Advertiser Top 100 Wines November 2005
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2004 WHITE BOAR
Battle of Bosworth 2004 White Boar wins Top 100 at Matthew Juke's Top 100 Australian Wines 206
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2003 SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2003 Shiraz wins Top 100 at Matthew Juke's Top 100 Wine (UK) 2005
BATTLE OF BOSWORTH 2002 SHIRAZ
Battle of Bosworth 2002 Shiraz wins Gold Medal at International Wine Challenge 2005

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

PO Box 11
McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171
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