Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin 2021 700mL
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin 2021 colour remains a deep, rich purple. Aromatically it shows fresh pine needles, citrus and spice, and distinct peppery, dense raspberry notes. The palate is lovely and sweet with a long juniper and spice character on the finish. Stronger than sloe gin and more natural (and pre-dating) than pink gin, six years on more gin drinkers at home and abroad have fallen in love with it…
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Not far from the Four Pillars distillery at Healesville are some of Yarra Valley's most auspicious vineyards. With this at their doorstep, distiller, Cameron Mackenzie took inspiration from the traditional purple-hued sloe berry Gins of the UK, by creating a uniquely Australian rendition. The great news is that 2021 was about as perfect a vintage as you could wish for around these parts. Everything about it was just bloody good. Good fruit set, good weather, good rainfall, good sunshine, good ripening… it all resulted in really bloody good fruit. We picked at varying times across the vineyards to ensure we used the best and plumpest Shiraz grapes. The fruit we picked earlier had lots of those classic regional white pepper and red berry flavours, while the late-picked fruit gave us a deeper colour and berry fruits. Overall, 2021 was a fabulous vintage, providing great acidic and sugary aromas to our Shiraz crop. White pepper and spice were also dominant at picking, as our grapes leant more towards a red berry or slight plum profile. As Cameron said, “If we could have this sort of vintage every year my hair might grow back”. Each year we steep Shiraz grapes in gin, and after eight weeks we press the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin. The ABV 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. Distillery Notes
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