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 Chardonnay 2020

The Bosworth Chardonnay is never short on flavour – ours is a stone fruit, cashew style of Chard which is framed within the super French oak we use (about 30% new oak), and all the better for it we think. We don’t allow the wine to go through Malolactic fermentation (we don’t want a buttery style of Chardonnay) so the…

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Battle of Bosworth Organic ‘Puritan’ Shiraz 2021

Organic, no added preservatives, no oak and vegan – 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…

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Battle of Bosworth Organic Shiraz 2018

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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Battle of Bosworth Pinot Noir 2021

The colour is classic Pinot; bright and light red. This is the eleventh vintage of our Pinot Noir and we reckon we have just about nailed this wine, style-wise. We have made an even, light to middle-weight wine with good length and balance.

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Battle of Bosworth Sauvignon Blanc 2020

We don’t muck about when we make this wine; you have to be quick to get it right. Joch tastes the grapes on the vines in the days leading up to picking; he doesn’t want to taste any tropical/ pineapple characters in the SB grapes – otherwise the style becomes too over the top – we like restrained and sophisticated…

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Battle of Bosworth Touriga Nacional 2019

We pick this Portuguese variety nice and early when we make it to be a table wine so we get the beautiful floral characters that Touriga exhibits at a lower beaumé. The grapes are crushed and then fermented in small open vessels. The juice is pumped over the skins twice daily and once the wine has finished ferment it is…

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