At Mad Dog Wines we take pride in our wines, and that fact is appreciated by those in the know!
Tasting notes are beneficial when considering or choosing good quality wine.
But, as anyone who has ever tried writing one will know, it is difficult to describe tastes and smells by pen and paper.
Therefore, please read these tasting notes as a guide, but... order a bottle or two of our wine, to really 'discover' what flavour, passion and beauty is all about!
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2005 Mad Dog Shiraz
It is picked ripe but not overdone (this is 14.5% alcohol) and nestles in the best French oak (Damy coopered) for 18 months.
The wine bursts with ripe blood plum and blackcurrant fruit and is tinged with some floral and spice notes.
In the mouth it is dense and creamy with a heart of black fruits, liquorice and Belgium chocolate.
It is fairly tightly wound on the finish with plenty of savoury notes adding to the long, dry finish.
2005 is a great year for the Barossa and we are most pleased with our resultant wine.
Drink: Now to 2018.
2006 Mad Dog Shiraz
Complex aromatics of bitter chocolate, violets, blueberries and spice.
It is rich and chewy in the mouth with ripe berry fruits overlaying a bed of earth.
Some seriously good, lightly toasted French oak plays just in the background and it finishes with suave, shapely tannins and good length.
Drink: 2010 to 2020.
2007 Mad Dog Shiraz
Always understated the 07 Mad Dog is indeed elegant and balanced yet with plenty of horsepower.
There’s a whiff of coal smoke, some elegant red berry fruits, a posy of dried flowers and a hint of spice. There’s a heart of blood plum and raspberry fruit and the suggestion of some Dutch chocolate adds complexity.
It isunderpinned by breezy, mineral acidity and the length of flavour is good.
2008 Mad Dog Shiraz
Deep dark and brooding, almost a little surly for a young Mad Dog Shiraz. There are some cassis, plum and blackberry fruits along with soot, dried flowers and iron to the aroma. There’s good intensity in the mouth with a nice textural creaminess and some graphite like tannins underpinning the whole package. It shows good balance and it drinks well now yet you suspect it may only begin to really unfurl after 3-5 years in the bottle.
Bronze medal winner 2011 Barossa wine show Class 11 - Dry Red, Varietal Shiraz, Vintage 2008 and Older.
2009 Mad Dog Shiraz
Open knit, generous and ready to go. It has ripe raspberry and blueberry fruits coupled with some dark chocolate and spice notes. It is full and mellow with good volume and sweet tannins on the finish. It shows good balance and it drinks well now.
2008 Mad Dog Sangiovese
Seriously low yields have produced a Sangiovese that is both dense and textured.
The usual cherry fruits abound on the nose with an ethereal waft of florals and just a touch of spice.
In the mouth there’s a heart of liqueur cherry cut by some earth and after a big, voluminous punch of fruit flavour it dries off to leave one with a refreshing savoury sensation.
Drink: Now to 2015.
2009 Mad Dog Sangiovese
Expressive aromatics of sweet, jube like fruits, spice and liqueur cherry. Plush and textured in the mouth with plenty of ripe, sweet fruits nicely tempered by some more savoury elements. Quite complex and giving at this early stage with the propensity to age over the mid-term.
Drink: Now to 2015.
2010 Mad Dog Sangiovese
2010 Mad Dog Sangiovese: Black cherries and Satsuma plum notes on the nose along with some delightfully spicy French oak. It is generous and round in the mouth with ripe dark fruits that are cut by a little sour cherry vibrancy. It is dense and long and should age well over the mid-term.Seriously low yields have produced a Sangiovese that is both dense and textured.
Drink: Now to 2015.
2011 Mad Dog Savagnin
Mad Dog bought some supposed Albarino cuttings several years ago. Subsequent dna testing indicates that these vines are in fact Savignan, a variety used to make some of the classic wines from France's Jura region....ooops!! None the less the first up effort from Mad Dog with this mysterious dry white varietal has turned out well. It has some restrained exoticism with a hint of paw paw and rockmelon to the aroma. In the mouth it is flinty and lithe, and the leanness of the fruit due to young vine material actually works well in adding freshness and vitality to the wine's palate. It performs well quite chilled on a blisteringly hot day and will partner an array of shellfish amiably, particularly Goolwa cockles (well we certainly enjoyed the interplay between cockle and Savignan recently).
Bronze medal winner at the 2011 Barossa wine show Class 5 - Dry White, other Varieties