This is the 16th Cabernet we have made under the Bosworth label. We made the wine in the same way as have made previous vintages; picking 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. We use mainly older oak, with some new French hogsheads (300L) as well. We blend back a small Cabernet component from the White Boar (the grapes were cordon cut and vine dried) prior to bottling.
McLaren Vale cabernet is often underrated, pushed into the shade by McLaren Vale’s better known and more widely planted variety, Shiraz. We make terrific Cabernets here at Bosworth – 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.