We make super Cab Savs here at Bosworth Wines. With its Mediterranean climate that features wet winters and warm summers, we almost always ripen our grapes in McLaren Vale, which allows our Cabernets to show off their characters of violets and red currants. Both nose and palate are bright and fresh. There are nice tannins evident and the wine has a great length. The Spring Seed Cockscomb is a super mid-week wine and goes well with roast lamb. An old school food and wine pairing, but it works.
We had good spring rains but lower summer rainfall than we usually receive in McLaren Vale. As a result of this dry growing period, disease pressure was low (no mildews!) although we had a couple of heat spikes in late January and some hot days in February which resulted in reduced crops compared to 2018 (down by up to 30% depending on variety). Whites were picked early in February and picking of the reds started at the beginning of March and was largely all over by the end of the month. Quality is terrific however.
We machine pick the Cabernet when it is ripe (no green pips, thank you very much) then crush then grapes and ferment them in small open vessels. We pump the juice over the cap of skins (which rise to the top during ferment) twice daily to get colour and flavour out into the wine. Some of the wine will finish its ferment in older oak, some in stainless steel tanks. The wine will age for about 6 months prior to bottling. We also bottle the Cockscomb before the end of its vintage year, but then allow it time to mature in bottle before releasing it.
The Real Review - Huon Hooke Best Value Wines 2022
Ripe, plum and dark cherry aromas. Fleshy and quite juicy on the palate, plum, mulberry, menthol and spice. Generously flavoured, easy drinking and smart value 07 SEP 2022
Picking Date: 25th February, 14th March and the 25th March 2019
Bottling Date: 4th February 2021