A brief historyof Mad Dog Wines
Mad Dog was started in 1999.
It has been run by Heidi and Jeremy Holmes and Geoff and Matthew Munzberg.
Geoff, (the original ‘Mad Dog’) is father to Matthew and Heidi and has worked the family vineyard in the heart of the Barossa Valley near Vine Vale that was started by his Grandfather, all of his life.
Now the fourth generation through Matthew (after a 25 year apprenticeship) has taken over the running of the family business including Mad Dog Wines, and the mantle of ‘Mad Dog Munzberg’.
The family vineyard has grown over time to encompass 35ha (just over 100 acres) of premium valley floor land. Most of the grapes grown go to other well known Barossa wineries like Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Barossa Valley Estate.
Mad Dog concentrates on growing bloody good Barossa Shiraz, but has a large portfolio of other grape varieties he can experiment with. The first of these ‘experiments’ was the release in 2006 of a Sangiovese.
Mad Dogs’ flagship wine is, of course his Barossa Shiraz. This wine is selected from the best fruit that the vineyard produces each year and could include fruit from 100 year old vines, all of which are very low yielding. The wine is made in high quality French oak where it is cellared for at least 12 months before being released to the public.
2011 sees the introduction of Mad Dog's first ever commercial white wine. Mad Dog planted what he thought were Albarino vines in 2008, however DNA testing has shown that these vines were in fact the little known French variety Savagnin. Despite the fact few have heard of this variety the wine speaks for its self - its a fabulous wine!
Mad Dog has some very exciting plans for future releases so keep watching this space or sign up as a website member to stay informed.
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