Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz 2021
Drink Puritan now, don’t stash it in your cellar! Bright red and dark fruits on the nose, as well as damsons, chocolate and blueberries on the palate wrapped up with fine grained subtle tannins. Drink with a juicy steak, if that’s your thing, or chill on a hot day and have it when you’ve had enough of white wines.
A Mary Poppins kind of vintage; practically perfect! Joch is always loathe to comment favourably about vintage quality, for fear of jinxing things – he can be superstitious like that, but by the end of harvest, the word ‘exceptional’ was heard to come out of his mouth.
The idea behind Puritan is to make a young, vibrant early drinking red wine. Battle of Bosworth looked to the ‘vino Joven’ style of Spanish red wines for inspiration, which are unoaked and drunk in their infancy.
Standard Bosworth winemaking procedures were followed when making Puritan; they pick and ferment the grapes, then allow the wine to go through its secondary (malolactic, or ‘malo’) fermentation. They then bottle the Puritan immediately after it has gone through malo, without the addition of any sulphur dioxide (preservative), or putting the wine into oak barrels. Fresh, fresh, fresh!