The Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz gin combines their excellent Rare dry gin with Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes, in an amalgamation of two of Australia’s great products. The grapes are steeped 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 they press the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin. They first did this in 2015, it was pretty successful, so they are now on their 3rd ‘vintage’!
The beauty of Bloody Shiraz Gin being a product of vintage means that it will never be the same. This year was cooler, giving them a longer ripening time. That means the gin has a more vibrant ruby colour in the 2017 release, with true Yarra Valley shiraz characters – earthiness, complexity and subtle white pepper spice. But still with that balanced sweetness of the previous releases.
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.
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’. It also works brilliantly straight on the rocks in all its pure purple glory, garnished with a slice of orange. Or in a fabulously colourful G&T!