Margaret River and the Great Southern have long established themselves among Australia’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions. Although Merlot has not quite climbed to the lofty heights of Cabernet, it has also found a happy home in the south west of WA. Both grapes are extremely well suited to the typical climatic conditions of these regions. MadFish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot draws on quality fruit from these two diverse geographical areas to produce a wine that is deliciously easy to drink with a tantalising depth of flavour.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are one of the most iconic duos of the wine world. These two varieties blended make the world’s greatest red wines. While Cabernet Sauvignon is robust and strong, Merlot is plush and plummy – combine the two and you get a beautifully balanced and complex whole. Their intertwined story began in Bordeaux, France, where this style has long been the region’s pride and joy. Today these two grape varieties can be found in nearly every major wine-producing country from Canada to Lebanon and Australia.

Bordeaux is the native home of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the wines produced here are responsible for both grapes’ prominence. The region’s maritime influence and gravel-based soil types make it particularly well suited for growing these varieties. The proximity to the ocean means cooling breezes that ensure slow ripening and flavour development, while the gravel soils retain heat which helps the grapes ripen fully. The style produced in this epicentre for French fine wine is bold with rich fruit and mineral notes.

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Great Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot should be both perfumed and poised, and meticulous site selection is critical to capturing these key attributes. These grape varieties are best grown in moderate, dry areas and can be blended with other Bordeaux varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

Margaret River is similar to Bordeaux in terms of viticulture with its maritime influence that tempers the extremes of the season. In addition, Margaret River’s warm, dry days during the growing season and heat-retaining gravel soils allow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to thrive. Further south, the Great Southern region provides incredible grape growing versatility with certain sites showing great promise for both varieties. Although localised weather patterns contribute to variation in ripening cycles and harvest dates, the result is always wines of great depth of flavour and complexity.

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Tasting Notes

Savoury notes of cedar spice, mint, dusty cocoa, mocha, and dried sage rise from the vibrant, red-fruited core of MadFish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. The wine unfurls across the palate revealing flavours of ripe raspberry and red liquorice with undercurrents of chocolate and baking spices. Balanced acidity and subtle, powdery tannin play a supporting role in the earthy tones and generous red fruit at the centre of this wine.

A shining example of Margaret River red wine, MadFish Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a natural choice to pair with meals centred around local wagyu and other good quality beef. It can also serve as a wonderful accompaniment to a dish of local mushrooms baked with butter, garlic and parmesan or perhaps a rich tomato sugo based pasta dish.

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

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