Our home is in the Yarra Valley, where our neighbours make some of the finest wines in the world. So each year we steep Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin, and after eight weeks we press the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin.
The 2018 release had great depth of colour and was much richer and more vibrant than 2017, carrying really beautiful purples and reds to bottle. Flavour-wise it showed dark fruit, red berry and spice. There was also plenty of that classic Yarra Shiraz white pepper. And of course a lovely ginny character carried those grape aromas, making it unmistakably gin. The palate was lovely and sweet, with long juniper and spice characters to finish.
The ABV of this totally unique gin is 37.8%, unlike Sloe Gin where the alcohol less than 30%. So it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails. The gin is unfiltered, so it will develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years, and is best consumed within two years of vintage.
Thick, juicy berry notes, underpinned by hints of peppery juniper and earthy herbs. A light hint of Christmas-y spices lingers.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin 700ml