Bloody Shiraz Gin

Bloody Shiraz Gin

<p><span>Gin combined with Yarra Valley grapes? Bloody brilliant. This crazy experiment using our original Rare Dry Gin steeped with local cool climate Shiraz grapes has become a cult-favourite, the perfect balance of sweet fruit and ginny goodness. If you're in Australia we've got a <strong><a href="https://www.fourpillarsgin.com/products/four-pillars-limited-edition-bloody-shiraz-gin">Limited Edition bottling</a></strong> for you too (sorry international friends).<br /></span></p>
$85 AUD
700mL
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Now we have found a category to enter in, Bloody Shiraz Gin has won its first ever gold medal at the world’s most prestigious show.
GOLD
London IWSC
2020

Four Pillars Distillery is in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, beautiful cool climate wine country. We’d have to be crazy not to take advantage of it. 

So back in 2015 that’s what we did. We were happily making gin out the back of our mate Rob Dolan’s winery, and in late April a tiny parcel of Shiraz came in from one of the region’s best vineyards. Rob wasn’t sure what to do with it, so we took it off his hands – perhaps without his knowledge…

It seemed perfectly obvious to Cam Mackenzie that we should steep these grapes in Rare Dry Gin to see what happened.

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin Vineyard

The result was alcoholic alchemy… the juice turned a magical purple colour and found a sweetness straight from the ripe grapes. 

So now each year we take local Shiraz fruit, steep the whole berries in high-proof gin for eight weeks before pressing. The colour remains a deep, rich, reddish 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.

The marriage of our Rare Dry Gin botanicals with the most delicious Shiraz fruit on the planet. No added sugar. None. Ever.
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This is gin, not sloe gin, so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails.
Our experimental approach to gin making has led us down some interesting paths. Our Bloody Shiraz Gin uses grapes from local Yarra Valley vineyards.
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MEET WILMA
MEET WILMA
Wilma has a 450L capacity pot, a swans neck and a botanical basket (where we put our whole oranges).

Seven distinctive aroma plates in her column act to further refine the spirit which follows through to a condenser.

The gin comes out of Wilma at a breathtaking 93.5% alc/vol (187 proof) before we adjust it back to drinking strength, depending on what we’e making.

There’s a bunch of distillery-geek stuff about the levels of purity we can achieve with Wilma’s seven plate column, but when Cam starts talking about it he sounds a bit too ‘Walter White’, so we’ll just say this… the resulting gin has an incredible purity and smoothness for such a high alcohol content. It’s definitely not rocket fuel!

MASTERCLASSES
MASTERCLASSES
Come learn all about the distilling process and maybe even make a bottle.

Immerse yourself in a masterclass at our Distillery in the Yarra Valley or our Laboratory in Sydney. We offer a number of classes suitable for individuals as well as groups.

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