(Picture: Chapel Down)You’re at the pub and the bartender is staring you down.
What will it be – gin or wine?
It’s a difficult choice, but one you no longer have to make. Well, sort of.
Chapel Down, a winery in Tenterden, Kent, has created what is believed to be the world’s first gin made from pinot noir grapes.
It is not however the only grape-based gin; Aldi launched a spirit made from sauvignon blanc grapes in October last year.
The pinot noir gin is the third addition to Chapel Down’s premium spirit range and is made from distilled pinot noir grape skins, blended with English wheat spirit, ‘with delicate aromas of red berries, perfectly balanced with a juniper-led palate and citrus finish’.
(Picture: Chapel Down)Chapel Down also has a vodka made from Chardonnay grapes and another gin – but this one contains the usual ingredients, such as juniper.
‘Not only have we made use of the skins, we’ve added additional complexity by matching the botanicals with the characteristics of the pinot noir grape,’ said head winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire.
‘This means the gin is infused with juniper, coriander, dried red berries, rose buds, citrus fruits, rosehip, angelica and grains of paradise, all of which brilliantly reflect pinot noir.
‘The result is an aromatic pink gin with delicate aromas of red berries which perfectly balance the juniper-led palate and refreshing citrus finish.
‘This is our best yet.’
The new bottle will be stocked in Selfridges as well as served in the company’s own bar & restaurant Gin Works in King’s Cross. You can also buy it directly from the winery.
If you fancy getting a bottle, it’ll cost you £35 for 70ml.
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