2018

Madfish Shiraz

The MadFish Shiraz is an opulent, full-bodied wine with excellent concentrated fruit flavours and soft approachable palate. It will drink well now and will develop complex aging characters of rich earth, leather and forest floor over the next 5 years.
Shiraz has distinct identities in its Australian home – the wines of Barossa, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, Great Southern and Margaret River all express different stories. The MadFish Shiraz shows the Southwestern version of the grape in classic, juicy style – fruit-forward, plush, and downright delicious!

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Shiraz

VINTAGE

2018

ALCOHOL

14.5%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.45g/L

Surely it’s the national red grape of Australia. The name Shiraz is unique to the
island continent, known as Syrah in all other regions. Shiraz has distinct
identities in its Australian homes – the wines of Barossa, McLaren Vale, Hunter
Valley, and Western Australia’s Great Southern and Margaret River all express
different stories.
MadFish Shiraz draws upon fruit from ideal growing locations in WA and shows
the South-Western version of the grape in classic, juicy style – luscious fruit ,
plush, some spice and downright delicious!

Fresh aromas of black cherry, plums and poached strawberries. A little liquorice,
sweet spice and chocolate compliment the fruit on the palate. Gentle tannins
give structure and balance to ensure a good drink, with or without food.

As the never-ending vintage of 2017 come to a close in early May, we reflect on
an unusual season. After a cold, wet winter/spring and annual rainfall above the
averages of the past decade, the stage was set for a late start to vintage.
Early spring growth was slow, and anecdotes of the very cool 2006 vintage
began to circulate as summer progressed in the same, mild fashion. But were
we heading for the perfect calamity of high yields in a cool, wet season?
Fungal diseases began to thrive in the humid, cool conditions as the white
harvest began. Careful fruit selection and early harvesting was necessary to
retain quality.
By late March the tone of the vintage was less than upbeat as the heavens
opened. With the reds teetering on edge of disaster further rain could turn them
to slush, and our worst fears, would be realised. As the mud dried, April
delivered an Indian summer, of unseasonably dry and warm conditions until the
end of harvest. This prolonged, ripening phase allowed flavours to develop fully,
and tannins to soften.
With vintage now a distant memory and wines bottled, the outcomes are
surprising and fantastic. The whites have a retained purity and vibrancy, and the
reds stunning concentration, beautifully soft tannins and silky mouthfeel. …it was
worth the tension….

Ready to drink now and for a few years.
Match to rich and wholesome foods – lamb kofta or creamy coconut beef
curry or chickpea, vegetable and coconut curry.

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