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Never Never creates ‘first’ Grenache gin

South Australian producer Never Never Distilling has released the ‘world’s first’ Grenache gin, a single estate bottling called Ginache.

Never Never Ginache Collins
Never Never Ginache is said to be the world’s first gin made with Grenache grapes

Part of the distillery’s Dark Series, Ginache is made using Never Never’s Triple Juniper Gin and Grenache grapes picked from Chalk Hill’s Slate Creek vineyard, which is owned by the Harvey family. The Grenache grapes were harvested in March from the Harvey’s family plot.

The vines used for Ginache were planted in 1989 in Biscay soils, which are said to be perfect for growing Grenache grapes.

Tim Boast, Never Never head distiller, said: “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.

“The colour of the gin is absolutely incredible. When mixed it goes from a deep red to a bright luminous watermelon pink.

“This gin bursts with red fruit character and makes a really yummy gin and tonic. I actually love it served with a slice of orange. The spice and bright citrus of our gin works wonderfully with a jammy raspberry brightness of the Grenache flavour.”

Tasting notes for Ginache include rose petals, cinnamon and fresh raspberries on the nose, leading to strawberry coulis, cranberry sauce, Pink Lady tannin and a sweet and spicy flavour profile on the palate. The finish is said to be dry and long with coriander spice, juniper and sour cherry.

Only 2,500 bottles of Ginache have been created and are available to purchase through the Never Never Distilling website. Bottled at 38% ABV, Ginache is priced at AU$80 (US$55).

Pre-sales of Ginache began on 11 May for Never Never subscribers and on 18 May for general customers. A small volume is being reserved for guests who visit the brand’s McLaren Vale home when it reopens in the coming months.

Never Never Distilling and Chalk Hill Wines opened their McLaren Vale site earlier this year, called The Chalk Hill Collective. The facility features a gin distillery and tasting room, a wine bar and a pizza kiosk run by Vera Pizza Oztalia. The site was operational for five weeks before having to close due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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