Vinaceous ‘Voodoo Moon’ Malbec
Margaret River, Australia
Tastes Like: Plum, Oak, Black Pepper
“One of the few sub-$20 Malbecs I’ve found worth writing about,” Robert Parker praises.
“Just as in Bordeaux, Malbec in Margaret River is mostly blended away. It’s fun, therefore, to see this variety both on its own and drinking so deliciously,” Wine Enthusiast raves.
“A juicy, spicy red with stamina” hails Wine & Spirits, also crowning it a Best Buy.
All this hype about a Malbec? From Australia, no less?!
Led by owner Nick Stacy and winemaker Mike Kerrigan, Vinaceous Wines is part of a new generation that is redefining the Australian wine industry. Since 2007 the company has taken a bold stand by moving away from the big, jammy, high-alcohol wines for which the country has long been known, focusing instead on balanced, expressive, terroir-driven selections. Or, as famed critic James Halliday so aptly put it, “wines of seriously good quality and equally good value.”
Their 2017 Voodoo Moon Malbec is crafted using traditional techniques to achieve maximum flavor extraction, then aged in French oak for more than a year to create a robust flavor profile. It’s a deep, spicy, brooding wine with exquisite flavors of dark fruits, cedar, black peppercorn, and clove, all wrapped up in finely knit tannins that lead into a long, flavor-packed finish.
“A very impressive, dark-fruited style with plenty of violets and an impression of richness from the outset. This nails the dark-plum and gently peppery style with a very smoothly delivered and concentrated palate that holds long and is full of flavor. Drink or hold.” – 94 Points, James Suckling