One day our distiller Cam thought, what would happen when you combine Four Pillars Gin with some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia?
Bloody Shiraz Gin is what.
We'd be crazy not to use the incredible calibre of cool climate fruit available to us in the Yarra Valley. So we steeped Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in high proof Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks.
The fruit was de-stemmed but kept mainly as whole berries, and the tanks were kept cold and stirred daily.
After eight weeks we pressed the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin.
The resultant gin is an incredibly rich, deep purple colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda.
Aromatically is has fresh pine needles, citrus and spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet with a long juniper and spice character on the finish.
Unlike Sloe Gin (which is less than 30% ABV), the alcohol is 37.8% so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails, like Sam's 'Bloody Floradora'. We also love it straight on the rocks in all its pure purple glory, just with a slice of orange. Or in a fabulously colourful G&T!
Best consumed within two years of vintage. The gin is unfiltered and may start to develop drier fruit characters beyond two years.