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MadFish Premium Red

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Howard Parks second label Madfish is one of the country’s most recognizable wine labels and one off the best tasting value wines around. This red blend is a clever mix of the regions most popular style, combining Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc to produce a wine of great intensity. You’ll find black fruits and chocolate aromas on the nose, carrying onto a palate that is rich with complex coffee, mulberry and savoury tannins. 2008 was a stellar vintage in the Margaret River region and this wine clearly demonstrates how a bargain wine can punch above its weight.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2010 MadFish Premium Red has a bright dark crimson red colour of great intensity. The wine jumps from the glass with aromatic black cherry, blueberry and chocolate characters. These characters continue on to the palate with complexing flavours of roasted coffee beans, mulberries and savoury dusty tannins. The palate is rich and mouthfilling with seamless oak and well balanced acidity.

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MadFish Premium Red

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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A seductive and appealing delivery of juicy fruit and a little mineral complexity; plenty of flavour, without too much complexity or winemaking to cloud the fruit; bright, clean and focused.Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An elegant wine showing clearly defined cabernet aromatics; lovely fine­grained tannins flow through on to a long, fine and slightly savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A distinctly firm structure courtesy of persistent Italianate tannins, slightly at odds with the normal come-hither early-drinking style of MadFish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Mad Fish is a tremendous label and, not surprisingly, it's started to pick up some major wine awards around the globe. If you haven't tried some, do so. This one's a blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot. 2005 RELEASE I can't quite believe the quality of this. It's ripped with the classic cabernet flavours of pencils, blackcurrant, cedarwood and dark earth, and it builds to a fair volume of flavour as it works its way through to the back of your throat. I poured myself three glasses just to make sure that this wine really was coming from this bottle (or that's what I told my wife). It's even got a slur of punchy, crunchy, quality tannin. DRINK 2010-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
This is an excellent value red, full of ripe intensely flavoured fruit supported with firm tannins and a little cedary oak. Attractive savoury spice on the nose and palate.
Guide to West Australian Wine, 2007 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Fresh, firm, medium-bodied wine with clear-cut blackcurrant and cassis fruit, with supporting tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; perfectly ripened blackcurrant and cassis fruit; fresh mouthfeel and finish; minimal oak; fine, ripe tannins. Top value. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc, Margaret River/Great Southern.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Tyson Stelzer (2003 Vintage) says
There are few wineries in the world today who can boast a range of wines that consistently represent the value for money that Howard Park achieves in its MadFish line. There hasn?t been a wine amongst recent releases that I cannot confidently recommend, and this Premium Red is a great example of why this is the case. The wine is enticingly elegant and definitively varietal with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, exuding textbook characters of red currant, roast capsicum, coffee, leaf and stalk. The palate is finely structured with attractive tannins and it finishes long.An elegantly fruited, unmistakably varietal wine, this is a true premium red at a mouth-watering price! A very good wine. Best drinking around 2006 ? 2010.”, 2005 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Cedary, earthy berry/blackberry fruit with savoury touches of mint and leaf. Classic Bordeaux blend.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Youthful purple-red; bright, fresh, dark fruit/dark berry aromas lead into a palate with abundant Flavour and pleasing texture; extremely clever winemaking provides a drink-now or later style. Top value. A blend of 52 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 per cent Merlot and 22 per cent Cabernet Franc from the Great Southern, Pemberton and Margaret River regions.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. It's designed as simple fruity current drinking wine Ð a boy oh boy it works a treat. Impressive fruit quality in here with just the right weight and body for this style
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red; there are juicy and fresh sweet berry aromas on the bouquet which replicate themselves in the flavours of the palate. An easy-drinking cafe style.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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