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bloody shiraz gin from four pillars

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

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.

 

Producer: Colour: GinRegion: Victoria, Yarra ValleyAlcohol: 37.8%SKU: FOURP02

£49.00 a bottle

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Four Pillars

“No 1 The magnificent copper pot still, made by CARL in Germany.
No 2 The water, the best in the world
No 3 The botanicals, some native to Australia.
No 4 Love. The commitment to craft”

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest vineyard area dating from the 1830s when three brothers, William, James and Donald Ryrie established a cattle property Yering Station. They planted vines; an act recorded as the first vineyard planting in Victoria. A few years later immigrants from Switzerland and Germany settled in the area. They planted commercial quantities of wine grape and established wineries. Among them St Huberts, Yering and Yerinberg produced wines to international acclaim and anchored the Yarra Valley’s reputation in the 1800s. Then came the depression of the 1890s. It was a major factor in the region’s decline along with other factors such as the consumer shift to fortifieds. By the 1920s the last winery ceased operations. The industry was resuscitated by medical doctors in the 1960s who caught the markets’ return to table wines. Mount Mary vineyard established by Dr John Middleton was a pioneer of the second wave. The third wave came in the 1980s with the arrival of James Halliday, de Bortoli and the prestigious Moet & Chandon. Since this time there has been a phenomenal growth. Hundreds of hectares came under the vine and millions invested in wineries. Now many of the ‘big guns’ of the Australian wine industry have a Yarra address. The climate is regarded as cool (cooler than Bordeaux and slightly warmer than Burgundy). The main wine styles: White – Chardonnay; Red – Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz.

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