Squealing Pig Pinot Noir Gin and Never Never Grenache Gin join emerging wine hybrid category

Squealing Pig Pinot Noir Gin and Never Never Distilling Ginache are latest into the emerging arena of gin/wine hybrids pioneered by Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin.

Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Four Pillars co-founder Cam Mackenzie last year told the Drinks Adventures podcast that Bloody Shiraz Gin had become a runaway success.

The distiller recently announced the launch of the 2020 vintage (RRP $85), made using more than 100 tonnes of shiraz from vineyards in the Yarra Valley and nearby Macedon Ranges and Yea Valley.

“The original and first shiraz gin in the world, it is now a universal phenomenon and Four Pillars’ second highest selling product behind the original Rare Dry Gin,” the company said.

We’re now seeing a few more red wine-infused gins hitting the market, albeit with their own regional points of difference.

Never Never Distilling Co has create a unique expression of McLaren Vale with its new Ginache (RRP $80), made using grenache grapes supplied by Chalk Hill Wines.

Never Never Distilling Ginache Grenache Gin
Never Never Distilling Ginache Grenache Gin – Photo by Meaghan Coles

“We wanted to make a product that championed not only McLaren Vale’s most exciting varietal, but also celebrated the relationship we have developed with the Harvey family of Chalk Hill Wines,” the distiller says.

“After harvesting the grapes were de-stemmed and crushed. Freshly distilled Triple Juniper gin was added to the vats and the gin was allowed to sit on skins for several weeks.”

There are less than 2500 bottles of this debut 2020 release of the Ginache, but Never Never plans to make it an annual release.

Meanwhile, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has followed up its Squealing Pig Rose Gin with a second product, Squealing Pig Pinot Noir Gin (RRP $55).

It is distilled from 12 botanicals and infused with a dash of Squealing Pig Pinot Noir, which TWE says is now the number two premium Pinot Noir by value in Australia.

“With the gin boom showing no signs of slowing down, the release of a Squealing Pig Pinot Noir Gin follows the successful 2019 debut of our Rosé Gin,” says TWE ANZ marketing & category director, Ben Culligan.

“It is another exciting opportunity to attract gin lovers to the world of wine, and vice versa.”

The new Bloody Shiraz Gin is also available direct from the new Four Pillars Laboratory in Sydney.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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