Celestial Bay Margaret River, planted 2000, north-facing block, VSP canopy system, pesticide and herbicide-free vineyard practises.


Machine harvested, ten days fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily, natural cultured yeast, tank pressed, 14 months in seasoned French oak barriques, a small inclusion of Frankland River Cabernet to brighten the palate prior to bottling, vegan fined with minimal sulphites.

Tasting Notes

Dark purple in colour, intensely lifted aromatics of violets, spice, mocha, dark chocolate with a full spectrum of blue fruits. The palate rolls through, filling the mouth with cherry-cola, and sarsaparilla flavours with soft gentle oak tannins and a juicy, long finish.


Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.


Pair with the flavours and cuisine of Latin America, or exciting Asian game dishes such as duck, pork and spice.

Cellar Potential

8+ years


Andrew Vesey, consultant; Clandestine Vineyards


Castelli Estate, Denmark WA


Nick and Trudy Stacy


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91 Points


Q Wine Reviews

These Clandestine Vineyards wines are a tidy bunch. Sourced from Margaret River, this Malbec will mop up a steak or hearty meal with ease.Peppery and earthy, licorice and spices get things moving. Get in deep with plums and mulberries. The more I investigate the more it tells me it is a meat kind of wine. Rustic feels with black pepper, it finishes long with a sapping dryness. Another glass please. Drink to five years.

Shanteh Wong - Wine Pilot

Yes it sure is Malbec. Loads of pigment and intensity and that follows through on the palate. Blackberries and big fat blueberries, violets and purple florals. Some sweeter spices like nutmeg and vanilla bean that sit nicely with the density of fruit and sappy fine tannins. At this price point what’s not to love?

90 Points


Ken Gargett - Wine Pilot

From a vineyard in the Karridale region of Margaret River, planted in 1996, 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques were used for malolactic ferments and 15 months maturation with 3,600 bottles to go around. Deep purple and it shows very youthful aromatics; florals, roses, cherries and mulberries. Good structure on the palate and some plushness with significant length and good acidity. It is very much upfront flavours here and if there is any query, the length is not as persistent as some of the other wines from Clandestine Vineyards, though the flavours are very appealing. It will get even better in 2 to 4 years.

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