2005 Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale, Willunga 14.5% Cork CD $24- Tasted 12/9/09

I’m not sure if you can get this anymore, but it’s worth looking out for. Battle of Bosworth are certified organic and I find their style of reds very interesting expressions of the McLaren Vale/Willunga area. This is drinking wonderfully right now, but I think it’ll hang in there for quite some time yet.

Single vineyard wine, open fermented then matured in a mix of old and new French and American oak to great effect. And a proportion of the fruit was cordon cut to and left to dry on the vine to add some Amarone style complexity. It works a treat.

Pretty red fruit alongside some darker notes, violets, cigar box, vanilla, coffee, tar and dried herbs all made you want to go back for a further sniff. On the palate it opens with blackberries and plums before the red fruit that I’m beginning (rightly or wrongly) to associate with Battle of Bosworth drives through a linear and well structured mid palate, containing vanilla and spice, coffee and tar and some nice liquorice/aniseed notes. The tannins are appropriately firm, there are some tasty nut like flavours and a bit of tea leaf on a full and satisfying finish. I’m guessing the Amarone stuff is adding a bit of flesh and weight to the mouthfeel.

I’d really like to try another bottle of this in 3-5 years time. Along with Chapel Hill and Coriole, this is the sort of wine that should help McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon get much more notice in the future. The cellar door price is for the current release.

Winery Website- http://www.edgehill-vineyards.com.au/

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