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March 19, 2015

East End Wine Down returns

In true street party style the East End Wine Down will take over Vardon Avenue on Sunday March 29, showcasing South Australia’s best winemakers. Be sure to nab yourself a ticket so you can celebrate living in a state full of grapes and people who know how to ferment them really well.

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  • Words: Tiarne Cook
  • Pictures: Josie Withers

It’s with a heavy heart that we bid the festival season farewell, but there is still time for one last hurrah.


East End Wine Down takes place from 12-4pm on Sunday March 29 in the city’s Vardon Avenue. Buy your tickets here, and once you get there be sure to say hello to Joch and another CityMag favourite winemaker – Greg at Delinquente Wine Co.

With the East End Wine Down little more than a week away, CityMag caught up with award-winning organic winemaker and Wine Down veteran, Joch Bosworth who had just finished this year’s vintage.

“It’s early days… but [we will] probably [see] some of the best whites from McLaren Vale in years. The reds – the cabernet sauvignon in particular – looks really varietal and really special. But we’ll see. We’ll have a better idea in a month or two.”

Joch’s Battle of Bosworth wine label is based in McLaren Vale and showcases wine made through experimentation. He is particularly interested in organic and sustainable viticulture with a focus on minimalistic, natural processes.

“We try to make the best, freshest wines we can using largely our own fruit from our organic vineyards that have been fully certified since the late 1990s.”

“Back in the day I really didn’t like using chemicals. I didn’t like using them and I didn’t like the guys I was working with using them,” Joch explains, “and [then] we realised we didn’t have to…McLaren Vale’s climate was perfect for organic viticulture and [so we] converted over to organic growing straight away.”

Joch also employs traditional viticulture methods to get the best out of his grapes, paired with a bit of modern science and thinking.

Battle of Bosworth’s Puritan Shiraz deserves an honourable mention as it’s preservative-free and very young, reminiscent of a Spanish ‘Joven’ style red, which means it’s ready to drink – no cellar required.

“Most important thing is it’s a very young, fruit-driven style with no oak, with real highlights of McLaren Vale Shiraz.”

“So we’re trying to make something that you can drink straight away. It’s like a good version of a backyard Italian wine, something that your Italian neighbour might be making.”

If you’re curious, be sure to introduce yourself to Joch at the East End Wine Down and get a tasting.

And while it’s easy to swirl and gargle your wine like a pro, this event gives you the chance to go a little deeper by honing your knowledge of different varieties and techniques by chatting with the winemaking experts at your disposal.

It’s also a great opportunity to sample delicious morsels from local ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses like Golden Boy, Africola and Mothervine, all while listening to some excellent Sunday beats.

And once the wine gets flowing you might even find yourself on the dance floor with one of your favourite winemakers. After all, the 2015 harvest is done and it’s time to celebrate.

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