Shiraz Margaret, Great Southern, Geographe Western Australia
According to local folklore, the tranquillity of Mad Fish Bay is broken when two tides meet, driving schools of small fish to go quite completely bonkers, as they jump about to avoid being gobbled up by the incoming tide of larger, hungry fish. Exquisitly balanced, highly polished, affable and quaffable, a delicious red wine that's mouthfilling, approachable and complete, fashioned from fruit grown to a corner of Australia that does Shiraz so very well.
A key to the quality of Howard Park and Madfish wines, is an uncompromising respect for the sanctity of the soil and health of the vine. Fruit is sourced from good vineyards in Margaret River, Great Southern and Geographe, all of which have become highly conspicuous throughout the world of wine for the quality of Shiraz. Following harvest and the crush, the fermenting musts are treated to a course of traditional pumpovers for optimal extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Batches are pressed directly to French barriques for a year's maturation, achieving a wine packed full of ripe fruit flavours, supported by fine, savoury tannins and rich, toasted vanillin oak notes. Alcohol 13.5%
Bright dark crimson red colour. The wine jumps from the glass with aromatic black cherry, blueberry and chocolate bouquets. Palate of complex flavours, roasted coffee beans, mulberries and peppered plum, supported by a length of dusty, savoury tannins. Offers the smoothness and ripe fruit flavours to make it immediately approachable, the perfect partner to relaxed dining.