Chapel Down debuts ‘world’s first’ Pinot Noir gin

6th March, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

English wine producer Chapel Down has extended its spirits range with the launch of the “world’s first” gin distilled with Pinot Noir grapes.

Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin is believed to be the world's first gin made with Pinot Noir grapes

Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin is believed to be the world’s first gin made with Pinot Noir grapes

Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin is the third product to join the wine maker’s spirits range, following the launch of Bacchus Gin and Chardonnay Vodka in November 2017.

The “highly aromatic” gin is produced with distilled Pinot Noir grape skins from the Chapel Down harvest, which is then blended with English wheat spirit.

The expression is infused with juniper, coriander, dried red berries, rose buds, citrus fruits, rosehip, angelica and grains of paradise.

Chapel Down head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire said: “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.”

Mark Harvey, managing director of Chapel Down Wine & Spirits, added: “Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin has all the attributes to become a superstar product within our range.

“Stunning to look at, the pink frosted bottle comes in the same D&AD design-awarded form as our Bacchus Gin and Chardonnay Vodka.

“And there is a subtlety of flavour, which has surprised and delighted all who have tasted this gin so far. Unique and delicious, a fantastic new addition to the family!”

Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin has an RRP of £35 (US$46) per 700ml. It is available for an exclusive launch period in UK department store Selfridges and direct from Chapel Down. The new gin will soon be available widely in the on- and off-trade.

Last month, Kent-based Chapel Down opened a bar, restaurant and microdistillery in King’s Cross, London.

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