Battle Of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon
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Battle of Bosworth Wines take their name from the original Battle of Bosworth, fought on Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England in 1485. Here the last of the Plantagenet Kings, Richard the III, was slain by Henry Tudor, becoming the last king of England to die in battle. His death ended the War of the Roses. The roots of the Bosworth family’s battle were planted in the early 1840’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. This McLaren Vale ‘Battle of Bosworth’ is symbolised on the label by the yellow Soursob (Oxalis pes caprae) which is used in the vineyard to combat other weeds.
This winery's grapes are all grown organically without the use of synthetic chemicals or fertilisers. The system of organic viticulture at Battle of Bosworth works with nature rather than against it, and by keeping harmful chemicals out of the land, water and air, creates a healthy environment rich in flora, fauna and nutrients; the perfect environment for growing the very best quality wine grapes. Battle of Bosworth grows Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Mourvèdre (and a little Graciano and Touriga Nacional) which are fully certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO), a process that takes four years. The vines are all now 20 years and older.
Grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness before being crushed and fermented in open tanks. The grapes are then transferred into oak barrels to finish fermenting, with some racking and returning (pumping the wine out of the barrel and then back in) before maturing in the oak cask and then bottling. They use mainly older oak, with some new French hogsheads (300L) as well. Some vine-dried grapes are added to the mix for extra intensity of flavour.
There are black and blue fruits on the nose, lovely classy oak mixed in amongst it all, blackberry and blackcurrant on the palate with great length and texture and a fine tannin structure.
Region: McLaren Vale
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%