One of the few craft gins made in Australia, Four Pillars was founded in 2013 in the Yarra Valley â€“ close to Melbourne â€“ and uses a CARL copper pot still called Wilma to produce its Dry Gin. Funded through Pozible â€“ an Australian version of Kickstarter â€“ Four Pillars is the brainchild of wine making and marketing duo Stuart Gregor and Cameron Mackenzie and brand guru Matt Jones, who want to produce the best craft spirits Australia has to offer.
The name Four Pillars was chosen as a reflection of their still, the water, the botanicals and their passion for craft. In many ways all four are not just well represented and apparent in the end product, they also lay a great foundation for future developments and other gins the team may want to produce. Four Pillars Gin is now sold in leading retailers and the best bars across Australia, and has been available in the UK since October 2014.
The Four Pillars teamâ€™s initial focus was to establish their Rare Dry Gin, but they have since launched a plethora of spirits. Thereâ€™s Barrel-Aged Gin and Navy Strength Gin in the range, and a Bartender Series featuring Spiced Negroni Gin and, in another ode to the land, Modern Australian Gin. The team will soon focus on making an Old Tom Barrel-Aged Gin, a Sloe Gin and there are rumours down the grape vine of a couple of other exciting projects as well.
The Bloody Shiraz Gin is made using a limited amount of Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes which are then steeped in the Rare Dry gin for eight weeks to make Bloody Shiraz Gin. The grapes are then pressed off and the gin is bottled and released for sale.
Unlike Sloe Gin, the alcohol is 37.8% (rather than <30%) so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails.Â 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.
Bloody Shiraz Gin has 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.
Juniper berries, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry, cinnamon, star anise, whole organic oranges.
Ginger ale or Sicilian lemon tonic garnished with ginger slices and sliced red grapes.