When you think Australian wine, you think Shiraz, right? And probably Shiraz from South Australia like Barossa Valley because South Australia produces half of all of Australia’s wine! (And which I discuss here in the invite post for next month’s exploration of red wines from South Australia).
With 5,017 hectares of vineyards and 215 wineries in 2012 located on the far west of Western Australia, Margaret River has the most maritime-influenced climate than any other major Australian region, one that is actually remarkably similar to Bordeaux with the lowest mean annual temperature range, and with rainfall similar to a Mediterranean climate with 200 millimeters of the annual 1,160 millimeters coming in the winter months of October and April. No wonder Malbec, a component of Bordeaux blends, is doing so well there.
Taking a ‘holistic approach,’ Vinacious uses organic principles and practices but is not certified. They see soil and plant health as a natural deterrent to pest and disease, and they use “mineral based fertiliser that is microbially seeded and spread as required. During the warm summer months liquid kelp is used as a conditioner to maintain leaf health so important during the final ripening phase. We always use a very soft fungicide program and rely on organically approved sulfurs and copper, as the backbone of our programs, used in conjunction with canopy manipulation to reduce the incidence of pests and disease.”
In addition to Voodoo Moon Malbec, from Western Australia Vinaceous produces:
- DIVINE LIGHT Sauvignon Blanc,
- SHAKRE Chardonnay,
- SALOME Tempranillo Rose,
- RED RIGHT HAND Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo,
- RACONTEUR Cabernet Sauvignon
SRP under $20
sample for my review
THEY SAY: Sourced from a single vineyard in the sub-region of Wilyabrup, Margaret River from mature vines, the Voodoo Moon used traditional winemaking techniques to achieve full colour and extraction.
The current vintage available is the 2019; 1287 dozen bottles were produced.
Color: Dense and dark plum, the color sticks to the rim of the glass, blood red, fushia rim,
Nose: Fresh ripe blueberries, as if you have spent the morning picking blueberries, the dampness and the earth, sweet fragrent roses,
Palate: Tart fruit and grippy tannins, very dry, bright acidity, lots of minerals, classic warm climate Malbec. This is not a sipping wine, but is going to be great with food.
Pairing: Think of a blue cheese burger, BBQ food, this is a perfect BBQ wine. Aged gouda was great, Camembert is a bit gummy, but good with the wine as the wine cleanses the palate and the flavors go nicely together. The go to cheese with this wine is the blue cheese. The cheese tames the big tannins in the wine, and brings out bright fruit. It cuts the richness of the cheese perfectly leaving the rich fruit and cleansing minerals for a perfect finish.
On a subsequent evening, I paired it with smoked ham, and I was surprised by how well it worked and how long the wine held up after being opened.
Read on Wine Predator about another wine from Western Australia, 2016 Howard Park “Miamup” Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Margaret River, which, while uncertified, uses organic, biodynamic, and regenerative agricultural practices. We paired this wine with a vegetarian meal.
Read more about wines from Western Australia from members of the World Wine Travel group:
- Cape Mentelle Two Vineyards Margaret River Shiraz and aTaste of Cast Iron Steak by Terri, Our Good Life
- Cool climate Happs Semillon from Margaret River by Susannah, Avvinare
- Getting to Know Margaret River through Vasse Felix by Jeff, Food Wine Click!
- Hooroo! Aussie Burgers with the Lot + Hope Estate 2015 The Ripper Shiraz by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Lamb and Lupin Kofte with a Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet by Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Make Your Own Pizza Night & Robert Oatley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon by Nicole, Somm’s Table
- Margaret River Shiraz Kicks Off Virtual Trip Down Under by Linda, My Full Wine Glass
- Margaret River’s Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec Makes You Howl for Blue Cheese Burgers on the Barbie by Wine Predator…Gwendolyn Alley
- Walsh & Sons – Next-Generation Wines from Margaret River by Robin, Crushed Grape Chronicles
You’re invited to join our 8am Pacific twitter chat on the topic where we will be discussing the following:
- 8a – Q1 Welcome to the first #WorldWineTravelchat of 2022! From where are you tweeting ? Introduce yourself, share a link to your blog. Use the #WorldWineTravel hashtag during our chat and if you’re joining in live this morning, g’day and howzitgarn?
- 8:05 – Q2 First #WorldWineTravel event of 2022 and we’re headed Down Under to Western Australia which includes the Swan District, Perth Hills, Peel, Geographe, Margaret River, Blackwood Valley, Manjimup, Pemberton, or Great Southern. Was it difficult for you to find wine from the area?
- 8:15 – Q3 Tell us about the wine that you opened and poured for today. From which part of Western Australia does it come. Is there anything noteworthy about its creation? Share a link to your tasting notes and photos, if you like. #WorldWineTravel
- 8:20 – Q4 What foods did you pair with your wine? Is this a traditional Australian dish? Or not? Share a link to your recipe and photos, if you like. #WorldWineTravel
- 8:30 – Q5 Did you think the pairing was successful? Why or why not? If not, what would you pair with the wine a second time around? #WorldWineTravel
- 8:35 – Q6 Even though not many of us are currently travelling, I have to ask: Have you been to the region from where your wine came? Thoughts or memories about the area? Do tell! #WorldWineTravel
- 8:40 – Just a shoutout of appreciation to some of the #WorldWineTravelbloggers who participated today: @WendyKlik @tsteffes @ArtPredator @linda_lbwcsw @Vignetocomm @foodwineclick @culinary_cam
- 8:50 – Q7 Did you find any of the pairings inspiring today? Will you try to track down any of the Western Australian wines mentioned? Or try any of the dishes? Why or why not? #WorldWineTravel
- 8:55 – Q8 Any last comments/questions? Share a thought, comment, or question! #WorldWineTravel
- 9a Thanks for joining us #WorldWineTraveltoday! Happy New Year! We hope you’ll join again next month as @ArtPredator leads the discussion on Southern Australian red wines. Stay tuned.
Join us this year! For 2022, #WordlWineTravel explores these regions in Australia and New Zealand:
- Jan: Western Aus
- Feb: S Aus Red
- Mar: S Aus White
- Apr: Victoria Red
- May: Victoria White
- June: NSW Red
- July: NSW White
- Aug: Sparkling, Fortified, or Tasmania
- Sept- NZ N Island – Martinborough
- Oct- NZ N Island – other than Martinborough (Hawke’s Bay, etc…)
- Nov- NZ S Island – Marlborough
- Dec- NZ S Island – other than Marlborough