Vinaceous is a brand that’s hard to ignore. Like a troupe of circus performers, these colourfully dressed wines have been pirouetting through my tasting room for the past couple of years, each of the eight wines bearing a terrific label featuring bizarre scenes from the world of 1930s-1940s circus and showbiz.
The names give you a clue. Snake Charmer McLaren Vale shiraz (tastings), Red Right Hand Margaret River shiraz grenache tempranillo (tastings), Raconteur Margaret River cabernet sauvignon (tastings), and Voodoo Moon malbec (tasting), are all $25 and all good. The cheaper $21 range includes Salomé Rosé (tastings), Divine Light Sauvignon Blanc (tastings), Shakre Chardonnay (tasting), and Sirenya Pinot Grigio (tastings).
Each wine represents a different personality, including men, women, angels, demons, mermaids and mythical creatures. They are the brainchild of Perth based designer Nick Stacy and Margaret River winemaker Michael Kerrigan, formerly of Howard Park and now of Hayshed Hill. The NSW distributor is Young & Rashleigh (well, it had to be, didn’t it, with a name like that!)
The website is worth a look (vinaceous.com.au) and make sure you watch the movie. But what does vinaceous mean? Answer: anything relating to or containing wine, or having a colour suggestive of red wine. In other words, we are all vinaceous!