Tasting Notes – Bonking Frog Wines (WA)

From the Geographe wine region in south-west Western Australia

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Bonking Frog Wines - 4 wines

Bonking Frog Wines - 4 wines

Bonking Frog Wines Summer and Winter Merlots
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Bonking Frog Wines


Bonking Frog wines come from the Geographe region in the south west of Western Australia. They grow and love just the one variety – merlot.

The vineyard is perched on the banks of the Preston River where, just in case you're wondering, the Western banjo frog is abundant, hence the name of the winery. The frog is inspiration for owners Phil and Julie Hutton – it knows how to be heard, has a sense of adventure and survives the harsh climate with relish.

Their choice is to only produce merlot and their challenge is to 'capture the completeness of the variety and present it at its best. Whole.'

These are three of the wines that step up to that challenge in Bonking Frog's own unique style plus their new white, rounding out the range.


Bonking Frog 2010 Winter Merlot

The Winter Merlot is rich blood plum with a vibrant purple rim. It has a subtle nose of beetroot and mulberry and on the palate is a lovely medium bodied wine displaying the supple tannins of nerlot. Beautiful flavours of chocolate cherry and smoky spice.

Food match: this versatile wine will take you from entrée to dessert. Suggestions - enjoy with grilled meats, (try it with grilled fish), caramelised onion, spaghetti bolognaise and to finish, a perfect match with dark chocolate and berries.

Awards: Best Red Varietal Trophy Geographe Wine Show 2011

Cellaring: potential 5+ years

Alc/vol: 13.7%

RRP A$22.00 bottle


Bonking Frog 2012 Summer Merlot

This wine is fermented in tank from 100% merlot fruit. It's electric pink in colour with a delightful nose of wild strawberries and mulberries.The palate is zippy with juicy acidity and it delivers a refreshing blast of red berry flavours.

Serve: chilled

Food match: one of the most versatile and food friendly wine styles around. The combination of balanced fruit and acidity allows for unlimited food matching opportunities – enjoy with Asian cuisine, prawns, lamb, tomato based pasta dishes.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

RRP A$18.00 bottle


Bonking Frog 2011 Scandal Merlot

Scandal is a dynamic red with more than a touch of attitude. With a vibrant purple red colour and perfumes of succulent cherries and caramel, the palate is a bonbon of freshly picked fruit flavours layered over juicy tannins, balanced by a touch of sweetness.

Food match: the fruitiness of the wine is a perfect foil to spicy Asian or Indian foods as the subtle sweetness will balance the heat of spicy food. Or simply chill well, relax and enjoy this refreshing red unaccompanied!

Serve: well chilled.


Alc/vol: 12.9%

RRP A$20.00 bottle


Bonking Frog Foreigner 2012 Semillion Sauvingnon Blanc

This lively white is an exciting addition to the Bonking Frog range of reds. Called Foreigner because its grapes are sourced from outside the  vineyard, and because it’s the first white wine in the range. Made from 51% semillon and 49% sauvignon blanc, it has a bouquet brimming with perfumes of gooseberry and nectarine and a palate that is a classic blend, yet lively and refreshing. Overflowing with fresh fruit flavours, well balanced with a lingering crisp finish.

Serve: chilled

Food match: :  With light crisp acidity and fresh citrusy flavours Foreigner makes a very food friendly wine. A perfect partner with salads and starters also a great match with lighter meats like chicken and seafood.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

RRP A$20.00 bottle





  • Geographe (WA)

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