In a Nutshell
Try this sloe-like Gin to perk up your cocktails!
The 2018 release has great depth of colour and is much richer and more vibrant than 2017, carrying really beautiful purples and reds to bottle. Flavour-wise it’s showing dark fruit, red berry and spice. There is also plenty of that classic Yarra Shiraz white pepper. And of course a lovely ginny character carries those grape aromas, making it unmistakably gin. The palate is lovely and sweet, with long juniper and spice characters to finish.
Four Pillars is based in the Yarra Valley, 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 the Bloody Shiraz Gin for the first time. Each year, a little like sloe gin, they steep Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin, and after eight weeks press the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin.
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.