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Battle of Bosworth

by Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on the McLaren Vale.

Battle of Bosworth Chardonnay Viognier 2006
The Viognier is picked ripe then barrel fermented, Chardonnay is mostly barrel fermented and picked quite early. Lovely fragrant, citrussy lemon, with a really light, crisp profile, plenty of light and the oak just adds a sheen of creamy quality. Beautiful, fragrant wine.

Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
A bit of the Amarone Cab, a tiny bit of Shiraz. Nice touch of leafiness, then plum and thick blackurranty fruit. Good varietal character. The palate has a broad juicy stripe of blackcurrant, with fine, chewy tannic quality and lovely balance. Good fruit and lovely balance.

Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Brighter, purer, blackcuranty fruit lively palate with ripe, fine, very pure tannins.

Battle of Bosworth Shiraz 2005
A little touch bottle shocked. The fruit is lovely, with a very nice, pure fruit quality, with a touch of raspberry, and cedar and plenty of fine, juicy, fruit. About 40% oaked, 60/40 split of US and French oak, but all oak French coopered.

Battle of Bosworth Shiraz 2004
Very pure, creamy raspberry fruit and a nice fragrant oak, with lovely finesse and lots of silky, fine tannin. Spice and fine, balanced finish.

Battle of Bosworth White Boar 2004
Organically vinified cordon cut, Shiraz, with 5%V Cab. Nice cherry skin, plenty of fine, dry raspberry fruit, lovely quality. 4g/l RS, lovely wine, with a chocolaty, long, persistent finish. Creamy, delicious. Cordon cut and left for two weeks or so to raisin on the vine.

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