Our inaugural General’s Choice features Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Co in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Only 40 km from Adelaide, Battle of Bosworth is located in the heart of McLaren Vale, with the vineyards located in the southern foothills of the Mt.Lofty Ranges.
The Bosworth family vineyards have been established in McLaren Vale since the early 1840s. Joch Bosworth took over from his father in 1995 and commenced conversion to organic viticulture with certification by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) achieved in 1999.
In 2001, Joch established Battle of Bosworth, the name taken from the original Battle of Bosworth, fought on Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England in 1485. Today Joch runs the business with partner Louise Helmsley-Smith to produce award winning single estate wines. Spring Seed Wine Co, established in 2008 is the alternative label to Battle of Bosworth. We love the wine labels, based on vintage seed packets, but we also love the intense flavour profiles, indicative of high quality organic fruit and traditional winemaking.
McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate of warm summers, moderate winters, proximity to the ocean, rare winter frosts and low rainfall in the growing season make it ideal for organic viticulture. Battle of Bosworth fully certified ‘A’ grade organic grape varieties include: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvèdre, Graciano and Touriga Nacional.
Fact – an example of organic viticulture working with nature is the Sourbob, a pretty yellow flower that features as the Battle of Bosworth emblem. The Sourbob is recognised globally as a weed, but in this vineyard it keeps other weeds in check by forming a natural weed mat under the vines in spring and summer.
The cellar door at Battle of Bosworth is a restored 1850s chaff shed set amongst the vineyards with lovely views over their northern vineyards. After dealing with crowds at some of the other cellar doors, this was a welcomed experience. We had the place to ourselves, and a very enthusiastic and friendly staff member who gave us the full history of the company and showed us through the flight of wines available for tasting. Definitely a must visit on your McLaren Vale wine trail, and in addition to a few bottles, you’ll be able to pick up a Spring Seed tea towel as a souvenir. Open daily: 11 am – 5 pm.
Getting there – approximately 40 km from Adelaide, just outside Willunga.
92 Gaffney Road
Willunga SA 5172