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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A&D Wines Monologo P 67 Avesso White 75cl
Tasting Note: A fresh aromatic profile, with white flowers thyme and citrus. There is passion fruit too. On the palate it is smooth and silky, hints of guava and pear. Will age well. Producer: A&D are proud of their land,...
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A&D Wines Monologo P70 Malvasia Fina 75cl
Tasting Note: Fresh smoky aromas, a nutmeg note too with some spices and pear. Producer: A&D are proud of their land, their people and their wines and they are an excellent addition to our range. Tirelessly they pursue care and...
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Abraham & The Heretics Pinotage 2018 75cl
When Abraham Izak Perold crossed Pinot Noir and Cinsault in 1924, little did he realise that the result would be a grape variety hated throughout the world. Unlike Marmite which is roughly 50:50 for those who love or hate it,...
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9% offAilsa Bay 70cl

Ailsa Bay 70cl

£49.95 £54.95

A lovely peat mixed with vanille some creamy toffee and then some freshly buttered toast on the finish with a very light smearing of marmalade. Family Owned
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15% offAlheit 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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Alianca Dao 2019 75cl
A blend of Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Touriga Nacional, this wonderful wine from the Dao is full of ripe cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. One of Portugal's most progressive producers,making wine in five regions from the Douro in the...
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Alodio Joven 2017 75cl
Aromatic with a hint of peppery spice and vibrant minerality. Very fresh and exuberant black & red summer fruits on the palate and a long dry finish.
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Ananto Organic Bobal Tempranillo 2019 75cl
Vibrant aromas of blueberry and blackberry. The palate has juicy plum and spice notes wrapped in supple tannins with a smooth finish. The 67 hectare Finca Fuenteseca estate lies in Utiel Requena, a high, rugged plateau, nearly 1,000 metres above...
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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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Araldica Barbera 2017 75cl
"A juicy red with aromas of blackberries, plums and black cherries. These characters follow through to the palate, which has considerable fruit weight along with soft tannins and a savoury spiciness. Refreshing acidity on the finish."  
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Armas de Guerra Blanco 2019 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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Only 1 leftArmas de Guerra Rosado 2020 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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Arran 1995 Bourbon Private Cask 70cl
From the first year that the Arran distillery produced whisky, this is surely going to become a wonderful collectors item, but is also a very tasty whisky. Only 172 bottles of this whisky were produced.
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 75cl
"This lovely Chardonnay comes from an estate that was established in 1873 and hit has lovely peach and pear flavours with some floral notes as well. The palate is well integrated with dried stone fruit ad a lovely oaky element...
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Bannockburn Shiraz 2016 75cl
Harmonious and elegant dark red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice aromatics. A fine tannin structure underpins supple darker fruits and spice on the palate. Family Owned - Lutte Raisonnee
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Bannockburn Vineyards 1314AD Pinot Noir 2019 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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Barao de Vilar LBV 2014 75cl
This superb Barão de Vilar LBV 2012 is a blend of full, rich and fruity wines of a single year which has been specially chosen for ageing from 4 to 6 years in oak casks prior to bottling. The grapes...
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Baron d'Ardeuil Buzet Blanc 2019 75cl
The Buzet co-operative was founded in 1953, with the Côtes de Buzet being awarded full appellation status in 1973. The name was simplified to Buzet from the 1988 vintage. Today, the appellation is a virtual monopoly with the co- operative...
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Barrancoa Red 2017 75cl
Tasting Note: "A lovely warming red - full of dark berries, spices and toasty flavours." Producer: Paulo Laureano (one of the most highly prized Portuguese oenologists) created an elegant and well structured wine with a long persistent finish on the palate....
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Beaugrand Blanc de Blancs NV
Stunning nose full of kumquat on a bed of chalk and tropical fruit. The village of Montgueux brings such a unique style to Chardonnay and there are few that can show it the way Helene does with this cuvee.The palate...
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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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Benito Sentos Mencia 2020 75cl
A delicious fresh fruit forward style of wine - raspberries, crisp red apples and then a hint of vanilla before a really approachable, lighter palate, nudges towards the lightness of Beaujolais, but then an earthy, salty, peppery structure kicks in....
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