McLaren Vale’s first Australian Certified Organic vineyards.

Battle of Bosworth was established in 2001 by Joch Bosworth and Louise Hemsley-Smith.  The wines take their name from the original Battle of Bosworth, fought on Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England in 1485. The roots of the Bosworth family’s battle were planted in the early 1850’s with their first vineyard in McLaren Vale.  The modern day Battle of Bosworth saw the conversion of ‘Edgehill’ vineyard to organic viticulture by Joch Bosworth in 1995.

Joch and Louise have been growing their grapes organically for 21 years this year.  Joch’s vision saw him convert 24 acres of vines to organic viticulture in 1995.  In 1999 they gained their organic certification from ACO P/L (Australian Certified Organic).  This process represented a big leap of faith in many regards, not least because in those days ‘organic’ was not the buzzword it is today.  Their vineyards were the first in McLaren Vale to achieve organic certification, too, and they were the very first winery to release an organic wine. Hats off, Joch.

Battle of Bosworth Organic ‘Puritan’ Shiraz 2017

Organic, no added preservatives and no oak – the Puritan! “I used to call our Puritan a ‘Joven’ style red, a term which refers to young fresh red wines that come out of Rioja in Spain, which are made from Tempranillo.  I think I might change now to what Tony Love, wine correspondent from the Adelaide Advertiser called in in…

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Battle of Bosworth Organic Shiraz 2014

Joch and Louise aim to please with their Bosworth Shiraz. Their objective is to make a well-balanced, delicious, medium-bodied wine with strong regional characters and to this end we keep winemaking techniques simple, and traditional.  They pick the grapes on flavour and sugar ripeness, then crush them and send the ‘must’ to open fermenters.  During fermentation they pump the juice over the ‘cap’…

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