2017

Madfish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

MadFish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a modern blend of five traditional grape varieties and is crafted to produce a wine with a complete palate profile. It will always provide immediate enjoyment whilst rewarding those who wish to savour after medium-term cellaring. Premium grapes from Western Australia’s cool climate regions are blended to create this wine. The traditional Bordeaux grape varieties, which comprise the bulk of this Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, are all well suited to the typical climatic conditions of these regions.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot

VINTAGE

2017

ALCOHOL

14%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

PH

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.10g/L

The protracted vintage of 2017 was preceded by the intense annual rainfall of the previous
winter & spring, where levels were above the averages of the past decade. Budburst and
early spring growth was slow, and it became evident vintage would be delayed by 3 to 4
weeks.
Fungal diseases began to thrive in the humid and cool conditions as the white harvest
began. Careful fruit selection, removal and some early harvesting were necessary to retain
quality.
By late March the tone of the vintage was less than upbeat as the heavens opened. The reds
were threatened by continual rainfall. As the mud dried, an Indian summer was desperately
needed and thankfully April delivered with unseasonably dry, warm conditions throughout.
This prolonged, ripening phase allowed the flavours to develop fully, and the tannins to soften
and integrate.
The outcomes of the 2017 vintage are beyond our expectations. Whites have retained purity
and vibrancy, and the reds stunning concentration, beautifully soft tannins and silky
mouthfeel. It was worth the tension!

A wine that is deep, dark cherry in colour, with a perfume of ripe juicy plum, licorice,
rosemary, earth & cocoa. The palate is more savoury than the nose lets on, with stewed
plum characters from the outset, followed by dark chocolate, pencil shavings & salty
caramel. The powerful lingering flavour coupled with elegant tannins makes this a
perfect food wine of eminent approachability, with great integration and structure.

Madfish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a modern full bodied style. It is crafted to produce a
wine with a complete palate profile. After crushing, the grapes are fermented in stainless tanks
with traditional pump over to extract colour, tannin and flavour. Maturation in French oak
barriques for 8 months produces a wine packed full of ripe fruit flavours and supple oak tannins.

Premium grapes from Western Australia’s temperate and cool grape growing regions are
blended to create this wine. The traditional Bordeaux grape varieties which comprise the bulk
of this wine are all well suited to the typical climatic conditions of these regions. Localised
weather patterns contribute to variation in ripening cycles and harvest dates, giving rise to
increased depth of flavour and complexity in the finished wine.

Madfish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot will always provide immediate enjoyment whilst
rewarding those who wish to savour over the next 3-5 years.

Roast rack of lamb with garlic, herbs & charred cherry tomatoes.

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