Battle of Bosworth 2003 Shiraz



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Winery/Brand: Battle of Bosworth


A first nose at this wine gives a hint of the small percentage of Shiraz which was fermented on Viognier skins; a floral and slightly perfumed lift which develops further to include coffee oils, chicory and overall lush, bright fruit. There is a savoury edge to the wine to, which acts as a wonderful counterbalance to this trademark McLaren Vale bright fruit character, adding a further level of complexity and interest to this single vineyard wine. The 2003 Shiraz is pitched perfectly in the fruit vs. weight stakes, and coupled with the concentrated fruit and fresh Chinese Five Spice characters on the palate succeed in making this a wine which will drink well now, age well and show earth, spice, balance and flavour at every stage throughout. An excellent McLaren Vale Shiraz with a savoury edge.



The Story

Traditionally made in open fermenters, a third of the Shiraz was pressed off into barrel at approximately 2° Baumé following twice daily pumping over skins. Undergoing natural malolactic fermentation in barrel, it was bottled after approximately 20 months maturation in a mixture of the very best new (40%) and old (60%) French and American oak barriques. A small proportion of the Shiraz was fermented on Viognier skins, from vines grown adjacent to the Shiraz in the organically certified vineyard. The Shiraz is a medium to long term cellaring prospect under optimum conditions.

Matthew Jukes 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN WINES 2005
‘Joch Bosworth is regarded by his peers as an off the wall, viticultural genius – this is the fruit of his labours. From the vineyard to your glass in one move – epic.’

The Specs

RegionMcLaren Vale, SA
PackagingGlass Bottle