The ear-catching and rather curious Bloody Shiraz Gin has just been launched by the Four Pillars Distillery in Australia, celebrating its third official vintage release. And yes, you may have guessed - this is a combination of wine and gin... and probably not the most intuitive match, even in the strange world that is the Craft Spirits industry.
Gin meets wine
Every year the Victorian distillery allows more than 100 tons of whole, de-stemmed shiraz grapes steeped in Four Pillars' Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks, before the fruit is pressed and blended with more gin. The grapes "bleed" into the clear juniper-spirit, infusing it with a distinctive deep-purple hue and a fruity, though un-cloying, sweetness. It's unfiltered, too – those sediments at the bottom of the bottle are a natural consequence of the grape-steeping process.
Four Pillars was established in 2013 by Matt Jones, Stuart Gregor and Cameron Mackenzie - the latter two having worked in the wine industry for many years prior.
The 2021 vintage
- The 2021 Four Pillars Shiraz Gin is available on the Four Pillars website, Four Pillars distillery (Healesville, Vic)