We had above average winter rainfall and although we had a dry June, we recorded decent falls in July and August. Below average rainfall was recorded in spring, and we experienced some warm spring nights. Summer rain tally was also below average despite a wet December. McLaren Vale experienced warm a warm Autumn ripening period with low rainfall. Overall vintage in McLaren Vale produced wine of excellent quality and while total tonnages were down for the season, compared to a wet and fertile 2017, the reports from winemakers on wine quality has been almost universally positive.
Joch uses old-fashioned wine making techniques making this wine, as we do for most of our red wines. Picked when flavour and sugar ripe, the grapes and crushed and then fermented in small open vessels. We pumped the wine over the skin cap twice daily, to entice as much colour and flavour from the skins. Wine is pumped into older small French oak barrels (barriques and hogsheads) to finish ferment and spend time maturing for approximately 6 moths, before settling and going to bottle. Nothing too complex or tricky, just tried and tested methods. We bottle the Cockscomb before the end of the vintage year.
At the risk of having tickets on ourselves, we really do make lovely Cabernet here at Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines 😊 we have old organic vineyards whose vines are now perfectly in balance and we’ve been doing all of this for a while; we’ve got form! The result is a lovely varietal Cabernet, with a fresh palate (showing red and black fruits) with a lovely long, persistent finish. Just lovely. Old school roast lamb? Or lamb chops on the BBQ.
|Picking Date||15th, 16th and 18th March 2018|
|Bottling Date||13th December 2018|