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In a Nutshell
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin meets Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes; there's nothing not to like!
Vibrant ruby colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically the gin has fresh pine needles and incredible spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character.
The palate is lovely and sweet, with long juniper and spice characters to finish.
Unlike Sloe Gin, the alcohol is 37.8% (rather than <30%). So it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails. The gin is unfiltered, so it will develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years, and is best consumed within two years of vintage.
Four Pillar's Distillery calls the Yarra Valley home, where their neighbours make some of the finest wines in the world. So in 2015 they combined their Rare Dry Gin with some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia to create Bloody Shiraz Gin for the first time.
And now each year they steep Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin, de-stemming the fruit but keeping them mainly as whole berries. The tanks are kept cold and stirred daily. After eight weeks the fruit is pressed before blending with more Rare Dry Gin.
The beauty of Bloody Shiraz Gin being a product of vintage means that it will never be the same.
Four Pillars is a small distillery in the Yarra Valley. The ambition of the founders Cameron MacKenzie (formerly of Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps) and Stuart Gregor is to make the best craft gin in Australia. They started distilling in the Yarra Valley in late 2013 and produced a striking dry gin that is ‘modern Australian’ in style.