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Madfish Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot


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.

Region:South West Australia
Grape:78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot
Tasting Notes: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.
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