Shiraz is very adaptable and as such it can grow in a wide array of different areas and climates, creating distinct styles according to the specific conditions where it is grown. In warmer climates, the wines display richer and more generous flavours, while the cool climates produce wines of refinement, elegance and spicy aromas. MadFish Shiraz strikes the perfect balance between these two distinct styles.

MadFish Shiraz is crafted from grapes sourced from the Margaret River and Great Southern regions. The temperate, maritime climate of Margaret River leads to wines that display the ripeness and opulence of warmer climate Shiraz mixed with the spice and elegance typically found in cooler ones. Margaret River Shiraz is riper and smoother than French examples, yet more floral and elegant than those of the Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Great Southern subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker express a more continental climate characterised by an intensity and concentration of dark fruits with traces of spice, earth, and guiding tannins. MadFish Shiraz is a fabulous example of the multifaceted style WA Shiraz has to offer.

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Shiraz has long been embraced as the national red grape of Australia, yet the variety’s native home can be found in the Rhone Valley in France. There it is known by the name ‘Syrah’. The Rhone Valley is world renowned for producing rich, powerful, and meaty red wines, a style that is generally considered the benchmark for the grape. Australian wine producers have long modelled their wines on this iconic exemplar and today their new world expression stands tall against its French counterparts.


Shiraz has well and truly become a part of Australia’s wine identity. This can be seen first and foremost in the widespread use of the name ‘Shiraz’, which is unique to the island continent. It is also the nation’s most planted variety with approximately 40,000 hectares under vine. It can be found in almost all of the nation’s wine-growing regions, yet it has distinct identities in its various Aussie homes. The wines of Barossa, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, and Western Australia’s Great Southern and Margaret River all express different stories.

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Tasting Notes

Shiraz possesses a wide array of primary aromas that can include cinnamon, raspberry, dark cherry, mulberry, blackberry, black pepper, plum and chocolate. The secondary characteristics beneath tend to lean towards mocha, coffee, prune, meaty, savoury and leather.

MadFish Shiraz draws upon fruit from ideal growing locations in WA and shows the South West version of the grape in a classic, juicy style – luscious fruit, plush, a hint of spice – it is downright delicious! MadFish Shiraz exhibits fresh aromas of black cherry, plums and poached strawberries. A little liquorice, sweet spice and chocolate complement the fruit on the palate. Gentle tannins give structure and balance to ensure a good drink, with or without food. It is ready to drink now or to keep for a few years. Match with rich and wholesome foods such as lamb kofta, creamy beef curry, or chickpea, vegetable and coconut curry.

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