From McLaren Vale to Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island
After taking the McLaren Vale based Battle of Bosworth winery crew on a mystery tour of Kangaroo Island at the end of the 2016 vintage, Joch was shopping for groceries in the regional town of Kingscote when he happened upon a sales advertisement for Springs Road vineyards. After recognizing the vineyards potential, the property was bought and the rest is history.
Joch Bosworth is a 2nd generation McLaren Vale winegrower who studied viticulture at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW and worked vintages in the USA and in Victoria.
Louise Hemsley-Smith is an English blow-in who arrived in South Australia on St Valentines Day 1997 and never left. Our Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines are grown and made on our Willunga Vineyards which were established by Joch’s parents in the early 1970’s.
The old house (which now stores nets we put on the vines to stop the crows eating the grapes) was built by local Garry Johnson’s grandparents. Garry came and help do some trenching for the pathway leading up to cellar door.
KANGAROO ISLAND WINE REGION
Kangaroo Island is one of the five regions that make up the Fleurieu Zone and was officially registered as a wine region by Geographic Indication in the year 2000. It is a cool-climate region with regular maritime breezes playing an important role in moderating the ample sunshine and allowing for a long, cool ripening season.
The vineyard is on a special site in a very special place. It has a unique combination of relatively low rainfall, low soil fertility and a moderate maritime climate which results in low yielding vines producing highly coloured and intensely flavoured wines. We have approximately 11 acres of Shiraz, just under 11 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and just about 3 acres of Chardonnay planted at Springs Road. These Kangaroo Island vineyards are a perfect fit for us in their pristine location on an island which is certified GMO free.
Joch has continued with his organic ways which began in his vineyards in Willunga and Springs Road is undergoing conversion to certified organic viticulture.
Vineyards are on predominantly sandy loam soils over limestone and marl (clay) with some patches of Bay of Biscay soils (black cracking clays), interspersed with some ironstone.
The Springs Road label is adapted from French cartographer Louis Freycinet’s 1808 map of southern Australia, ‘Carte Generale de la Terre Napoléon.’ Freycinet accompanied Nicholas Baudin on his voyage of discovery through the Southern Ocean between 1801 and 1803 and charted the coastline all the way from Wilson’s Promontory in the East (Victoria) to the Nullabor National Park in the West, centering on the ‘Iles Decres’, or Kangaroo Island.