This chardonnay macerated gin has been aged in a Voyager Estate MJW Chardonnay barrel and infused with a unique blend of botanicals from Margaret River. It has a complex and feminine bouquet, with vanilla bean and floral notes reminiscent of a summer’s day. A honeysuckle sweetness, delicate citrus and fresh forest accents linger on the palate, with a warming saltiness and a velvety mouthfeel.
Whole bunches of freshly picked Chardonnay grapes from Voyager Estate have been macerated for three months in a Juniper spirit, before being blended with individual distillations of Christmas Tree flower, Geraldton Wax, Red Samphire, Finger Lime and Coriander.
This is the first time Christmas Tree flower been used in a spirit. This ancient bushtucker, which is endemic to the southern parts of Western Australia, has an enticing earthy and honeysuckle undertone. The Geraldton Wax imparts a liveliness with fresh forest aromas that develop with lemongrass and citrus, while there is a warming saltiness from the Red Samphire.
The blend was then matured in a French oak barrique, with the fruity Chardonnay notes and toasty oak enriching and intensifying the botanicals to create an exceptionally smooth finish with excellent persistence. The barrel contributes a beautiful golden hue and texture.
Hand bottled and individually numbered, this textural gin tastes like Christmas captured in a bottle.
It is best enjoyed over ice, as a martini, or with a clean tonic mixer. Garnish with dehydrated grapefruit or orange.