Seppeltsfield Road Barossa Shiraz Gin 2019 - 50cl - 38.5% ABV
Based not far from Adelaide, South Australia, Seppeltsfield Road is a new distillery with a great story. Co-founders Nicole and Jon Durdin picked up a penchant for gin whilst on secondment to the UK in 2015. When they returned to Australia, they did so with the intention to build a brand new distillery.
Though they only originally planned for one, somewhere in the process they ended up with three recipes that were just too good to be ditched out. With a grape base the gins begin fruity, but with local ingredients like pink peppercorns and lavender at hand, they soon delve in other directions.
The Shiraz gin has a decidedly festive feel, with the flagship gin meeting the dry-sweet fruitiness of handpicked, whole bunch Shiraz grapes. A faint shimmer of juniper shines through, joined by a sweet orange and dusky cinnamon. It’s a perfect alternative (or even accompaniment) to sloe gins.
To serve: Try it with Sicilian lemon tonic. (or for a warm winter toddy: gently heat some apple juice on the stove, along with a couple of cinnamon sticks, and – once off the heat – add a splash of the gin.