Producer Focus - The Western Australian Madfish
The picturesque Madfish Bay is located in the remote southern corner of Western Australia, and according to local folklore the bay's tranquility is broken when two tides meet.
The fish, confused by this natural phenomenon, can be observed leaping in the air as if in a state of complete madness. The MadFish wine range and label, first released in 1992, was named as homage to this unique geographical occurrence. The superb climate of Western Australia has always been conducive to the cultivation of healthy wine grapes with attractive and vibrant fruit flavours.
MadFish has always been about simple enjoyment, fun, food, family and friends, and while the wine inside the bottles retains its consistency, style and quality, the packaging and labels have playfully evolved over time. Nearly 25 years later the fresh and satisfying wines released under the MadFish label have attracted a large and loyal following across Australia and the world.
The Burch Family’s architectural award winning winery is a “must-see” for any visitor to the Margaret River region. The winery stands on a hilltop flanked by tall Marri and Jarrah trees with commanding views over the magnificent Leston Park vineyard (named for Jeff Burch’s father) and parklands.
Margaret River is considered to be one of Australia’s most exciting wine growing zones and is regularly the source of award winning Australian wines. The climate in Margaret River is more influenced by the sea than any other premium wine region in mainland Australia and studies on both soil and climate suggest a strong similarity to Bordeaux in France.
Australia’s Western zone is considered an area of staggering promise for the future of Australian wine-making. This growing zone is home to a cool Mediterranean climate with maritime influence and a variety of elevations and vineyard exposures throughout the foothills of the Porongurup Mountains. It has attracted talented winemakers from near and far for its ability to yield wines from cool climate grape varieties that show unparalleled elegance and finesse.
So with this in mind I have put together a small portfolio of 'Madfish' wines available right here in Jersey at Love Wine. Needless to say these wines will not break the bank but they will bring you a smile among friends.
- Kevin Metcalfe