Battle of Bosworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Battle of Bosworth have made this wine in pretty much the same way they have made previous vintages! They pick when the grapes (and pips and tannins) are ripe, before crushing and fermenting in open tanks. The grapes are then transferred into oak barrels to finish ferment, with some racking and returning (pumping the wine out of the barrel and then back in) before maturing in the oak cask and then bottling. They use mainly older oak, with some new French hogsheads (300L) as well. They blend back a small Cabernet component from the White Boar (the grapes were cordon cut and vine dried) prior to bottling. Why change things when they are going so well? Keep the course steady, captain!
Black and blue fruits on the nose, lovely classy oak mixed in amongst it all, with blackberry and blackcurrant on the palate with great length and texture and a fine tannin structure. A delicious Cabernet with super varietal characteristics. McLaren Vale Cabernet, the quiet achiever.