Vinaceous

VARIOUS REGIONS, AUSTRALIA

Leaving school at 16 and getting a job in a golf club isn't how many people get into the wine trade, but that is how Nick Stacy did.  When at the golf club, Stacy got into wine by spending his pay cheque on iconic wines such as Penfold's Grange (bought for $24 per bottle apparently!).  His father thought him mad, but this was his new passion and it led Nick to starting his own wine business which he managed to sell to Moet & Chandon in 2003.  

Nick came up with the idea for Vinaceous early on, but sat on the idea for a while.  He wanted to make a wine that visually stood out, but had a liquid in the bottle that would stand up to critics and deliver pleasure to the consumer.  Buying grapes from all over Australia from contract growers, and then making them into wine in one of two wineries, they are then packed in quite distinctive looking bottles.  The marketing idea behind the design is to polarise people, to stir a response be it positive or negative about these unique adornments.  All the labels are based on real people, some are Nick's ex girlfriends, others are people that he has met on his travels that left an impression on him, and even Nick's dad gets in on the act with the Raconteur character being based on him!  But what about the wine?

With winemaker Michael Kerrigan as one of the partners, the quality was never going to be in doubt.  I've liked Kerrigan's wines for a while now, particularly his lovely Margaret River wines from Hayshed Hill so his pedigree has a lot going for it!  So, all you have to ask is 'do I like the labels?' and even if the answer is 'no', you should still try the wine!  They reflect the terroir of the area they are grown in and are well priced - what more can you want?!

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Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2016 75cl
"The nose shows lemon peel, fennel, spearmint, ripe apple and pear, perhaps a touch of honey. The palate is very vibrant and fine, with ample texture and weight. The finish is long and refreshing. A blend of Chenin Blanc and...
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Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2015 75cl
Pre-order offer This is a blend of 75% Semillon Blanc and around 10% Semillon Gris from a Franschhoek vineyard planted in 1936. Chris has worked these vines since 2011 when it was an original component of the Cartology blend. The...
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Andre Dezat et Fils Sancerre Blanc 2019 75cl
"Pale yellow with lovely minerality on the nose, citrus fruit on the palate. Crisp and perfect. A great Sancerre." André Dezat made the Domaine famous over 40 years ago. The Domaine is now in the safe hands of his sons...
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Andre Dezat et Fils Sancerre Rose 2018 75cl
"Made from the Pinot Noir grapes grown on pebbly clay, flint and limestone vineyards. Wonderfully bright fruit, loads of strawberry and cranberry flavours and a nice finish and balance" André Dezat made the Domaine famous over 40 years ago. The...
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0% offAndreas Bender Dajoar Riesling 2018 75cl
A bright, fresh Riesling with loads of apple, yellow plum and lemon aromas. The palate is full of these fruits, with a wonderful bright mineral note - almost like that wonderfully chalky flavour of a Rennie indigestion tablet... that isn't...
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Andreas Bender Hofpasch Auslese 2018 75cl
An Auslese style of wine with crisp fruit and a great acid backbone. Andreas Bender doesn't make single vineyard wines, he blends the Auslese style grapes together to create this masterpiece in sweeter Riesling. Contains Sulphites
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Angeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "It is rich, loads of blueberries and freshly picked blackberries. The palate is balanced, a spicy note with a core of tobacco and leather and an elegant long finish. 90/100"  Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley and...
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Angeline Vineyards Chardonnay 2018 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "So my supplier sent me the wrong vintage to try, so this arrived and I hadn't tasted it, so this is my review on the 2017 vintage. Oak is there with a burnt butter aroma, a bit like...
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Angeline Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "Crisp red berries with loads of fresh raspberries and a little strawberry and red grapes. The palate has a nice darkness with crisp fresh fruitiness around it and a little spice on the end. 91/100"  Growing up in...
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Angeline Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2018 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "Its sexy and it knows it - voluptuous fruit, hints of vanilla and chocolate with some brighter red berry flavours and then a long, velvety finish."  Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley and living the equal parts...
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Armas de Guerra Blanco 2017 75cl
"Straw yellow with aromac white flowers and peach with hints of jasmine. The finish is very elegant and silky". Armas de Guerra was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest wineries in Spain. Armas de Guerra translates to...
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Armas de Guerra Rosado 2017 75cl
"Summer pudding on the nose with a lovely onion skin pink colour. The finish is crisp and mouthwatering". Armas de Guerra was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest wineries in Spain. Armas de Guerra translates to ‘Weapons...
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Bannockburn Vineyards 1314AD Pinot Noir 2018 75cl
Fresh medium weight forest fruits are offset by subtle whole bunch lift. Acid is enough to cleanse the palate; the gentle and perfumed nature of the harvest is to the fore, with French oak subtly contributing both aromatics and structure....
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Bannockburn Vineyards Douglas 2016 75cl
Deep crimson, black olives, cherry, dark chocolate, delicately scented violets, fine powdery tannins, a medium-bodied palate weight and satisfying length. A dry and relatively warm growing season, with budburst and consequently harvest being earlier than long term averages. The 2016...
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Bellefontaine Chardonnay 2018 75cl
"Very pure and bright with an attractive orange blossom nose. Zesty acidity is nicely complemented by some richness and peach notes on the palate." Made by Samantha Bailey and Guillaume Letang, this Chardonnay taken from two different regions, Gascony for...
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Benromach 10 Year Old 70cl
Rich sherry flavours with forest fruits and a delicate smoke note. This whisky takes you back to the 1930s when Speyside malts tended to have a touch of peat.
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