Battle of Bosworth Preservative-Free Shiraz

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 22nd June 2010

Battle of Bosworth Preservative-Free Shiraz
Battle of Bosworth Wines from McLaren Vale, South Australia have released their first preservative-free. The aptly-named Battle of Bosworth Preservative Free Shiraz was made using organically grown and certified grapes from the exceptional 2010 vintage, grown at the Bosworth vineyards located in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges in McLaren Vale.

Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines are owned and run by husband and wife team Joch Bosworth and Louise Hemsley-Smith, and the vineyards have been run organically since 1995, with an ‘A’ grade organic certification by Australian Certified Organic P/L.

Demand for preservative-free wine is on the increase, with allergy sufferers looking for alternatives. Winemakers have been making wine using sulphur dioxide as a preservative since people learned how to turn grapes into wine, but Bosworth decided to attempt a preservative-free wine after a tasting at a seminar presented by the ASVO (Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology).

“The wines had been made using some modern winemaking techniques and bottled under screwcap closures, and were fresh, bright and vibrant,” Bosworth said.

“I had not considered it possible to make a quality preservative free wine up until this time, but these wines totally changed my mind. We have been asked with increasing frequency over the years whether we make any wines without sulphur, and now we do.”

The 2010 Battle of Bosworth ‘Preservative Free’ Shiraz has been made in a youthful, early drinking style, in a similar vein to ‘Joven’ wines from Spain, which are made often without oak and released early.

“We wanted to make a fresh, vibrantly fruit driven wine without any oak,” says Bosworth. “The spectacular 2010 vintage provided us with some great parcels of Shiraz which were ideal for this project.”

The Battle of Bosworth 2010 Preservative Free Shiraz will retail for approximately $20.00.