Country Of Origin Australia
size 700 ml
Four Pillars Distillery
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin (6th Vintage, 2020)
Country of origin: Australia Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 37.8%. Bottle size: 700ml
Best consumed within 2 years of vintage, but don’t worry, you won’t need reminding. (From Four Pillars: “The gin is unfiltered and may start to develop dried fruit characters beyond two years”). Each vintage is subtly different, and so each will never quite be the same as those before or those after.
Can there be anything more inviting than gin-soaked shiraz grapes? Oh yes, indeed there can be. Simply infuse both gin and grapes perfectly, then add more gin, and then bottle it all at 37.8% ABV. Then, get a master distiller to tinker with your formula for a few years and you may just have a poor cousin of Four Pillars’ 2020 batch of Bloody Shiraz Gin.
Save yourself the trouble and simply buy a bottle. Or two.
Born in 2015 from an inspired idea from head distiller Cam MacKenzie, this shiraz-flavoured gin is truly unique in a brave new world of unique gin. Juniper (of course) is present and accounted for, but so too is a delicious balance of Yarra Valley shiraz grapes. The act of creation involves the Four Pillars standard – thier Rare Dry Gin – being steeped for upwards of two months, before pressing the gin-soaked shiraz grapes, and finally mixing with more gin. The result? Well, it's a little bit like this:
Serving suggestions: straight and on the rocks, garnished with a slice of orange. Or drink it lighter and brighter in a colourful Gin & Tonic with a dry tonic.
About Four Pillars Distillery: Four Pillars was established with a focus on gin. But great gin doesn’t just make itself.
We recognised that our real focus would need to be on the craft of distilling. But the story starts back in 2013 we embarked on a tour of the US West Coast, from Portland down to San Francisco, identifying distilling techniques and equipment we admired. What stood out above all to us was that all the gins we loved on our trip were made in a Carl still.
18 months later, we took delivery of our own custom-built still from Carl of Germany, and we called her Wilma (after Cameron’s beautiful but explosively tempered late mother). And Wilma turned out to be amazing, drawing extraordinary botanical flavour from a combination of rare, native and traditional botanicals. She delivers an unbelievable purity of spirit (the gin comes out of Wilma at 93.5% ABV) despite our unique approach of distilling our benchmark Rare Dry Gin with fresh, juicy biodynamic and highly-aromatic oranges. And she has now been joined by her larger sister Jude, and significantly smaller sister Eileen - both also made by Carl.
We hope you agree we’re on the right path. The judges at a number of prestigious international competitions must think so, as we've been awarded a Double Gold, Gold or Master status for all our mainstay gins in the past two years.
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