Four Pillars steeped Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in 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 we pressed the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin.
The resultant gin is an incredibly rich, deep purple colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically it has fresh pine needles, citrus and spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet, with a long juniper and spice character on the 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. Four Pillars 'Bloody Shiraz Gin' is best consumed within two years of vintage. The gin is unfiltered and will develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years.