About Madfish Red Wine

The ancient soils of the Margaret River and Great Southern regions date back 1.6 billion years, making them some of the oldest recorded geology of any viticultural area in the world. Generally speaking, the soils of MadFish vineyards are gravel based with a layer of clay beneath. The gravel soil is free draining and retains heat, aiding the ripening of the grapes. The underlying clay holds essential water stores for the vines to draw upon throughout the dry growing season. The clay lies far beneath the gravel encouraging the roots of the vines to grow deep into the soil making them sturdier and more resilient. The combination of these two distinct elements lead to balanced red wines with ripe fruit flavours that maintain acidity and therefore freshness.

MadFish wines are unique in that they are crafted from different regions within Western Australia, allowing the winemakers to draw upon the strength of each region to craft bold red wine. This allows for a variety of styles to be included in the range without compromising on quality.

The Margaret River region excels in its production of Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. These dry red wines display power, concentration, structure and elegance with fruit that is irresistibly ripe. These are the very attributes that made Margaret River red wine the international success it is today.


MadFish red wines are deeply rooted in the rugged coastline and ancient soils of the South West of Western Australia. These two elements, the ocean and geology, are at the heart of the unique viticulture that sets MadFish wines apart. Proximity to the ocean means cool sea breezes that temper extreme heat, while ancient soils create the perfect growing conditions for vines to thrive. These specific conditions enable the creation of dry red wines that are pure and expressive, yet never lose sight of easy enjoyment and drinkability.

Looking at the South West on the world map would suggest a very warm climate, however, the region’s closeness to both the Southern and Indian Oceans moderates the temperature. The hot, sunny days through the growing season ensures even ripening of the grapes, yet the cooling effect from the sea guarantees the gradual accumulation of complex flavours and the retention of more delicate aromas. The powerful influence of the ocean endows the region with ideal growing conditions, yet it also can be credited for the name, MadFish. The range is named after the local beach, MadFish Bay, where two oceanic tides collide creating an exhilarating display of the sublime power of nature.

Tasting Notes

The strength of the Great Southern region can be found in its cooler climate, allowing for the creation of superb Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Great Southern is the coolest wine producing region in Western Australia. It possesses maritime, continental, and Mediterranean climates, which bestow the ability to produce a range of wines of supreme quality.

Grenache prefers a warmer climate and is therefore sourced from the Swan Valley region further north. In this sun-soaked clime, Grenache ripens beautifully creating bright, fruit forward and smooth red wine.

With MadFish, whether you are drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinot Noir, the purity of fruit and softness of palate is always at the forefront. The focus is on growing grapes in the best regions WA has to offer so that when it comes to winemaking, a hands-off approach allows the essence of the grape and where it is grown to shine through. The richness of fruit and ripeness of flavour paired with a distinctly restrained elegance is what makes MadFish red wine so irresistibly unique. Head over to the shop and order a bottle or two to find out for yourself.