It starts with some simple collaborations. Take the excellent Balcombe Coastal Gin for example, which is made by Mornington Peninsula winemakers Barney & Cam from Garagiste alongside the team from Melbourne’s Craft & Co. distillery. This classy gin features locally foraged botanicals (including local kelp), and is inspired by the spice aromatics the boys like in their Pinot Noir.
Or maybe you’ve probably tried the Økar Island Bitter Amaro from wine/distilling power couple Brendan & Laura Carter using native currants and fingers limes. But have you sampled their Unico Zelo Mando, made using fresh Riverland Dekopon mandarins?
On the subject of fruits, we can’t go past Old Young’s Pavlova Vodka. Made by 2017 & 2018 Distiller of the Year James Young, this sees vodka with a meringue base and a summer fruit infusion (that is perfect with cranberry juice).
Of course, it’s not all dessert spirits. The new Poor Toms Strawberry Gin taps into the rampant pink gin fad, yet it’s bone dry. Made with fresh strawberries, young ginger and hibiscus flowers, it’s a drop-dead delicious gin that you’ll be hiding from customers.
Fittingly, this gin is also the key component for the new, eminently drinkable Poor Toms Negroni Spritz Cans, which finally present as an-all Australian negroni, in an ultra-convenient, and frankly addictive, 250ml can.
With a more positive ‘open’ summer approaching, there are few better times to be embracing Australian craft spirits, and the best place to start stocking up again is WINEDEPOT!
WINEDEPOT’s MARKET has an extensive range of Australian (and indeed international) craft spirits. Explore the selection here.
Images from Balcombe & Old Youngs.