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Thursday 31 March 2016

There is more to McLaren Vale than wine. G+T anyone?

McLaren Vale may be intrinsically linked with powerful red wines - but it also home to an artisan distillery that has taken off like a rocket. 

Marking its first birthday, McLaren Vale’s only distilling company, McLaren Vale Distilling, has celebrated with the release of three new gins, two liqueurs and a vodka!

From a start point of just one gin that is a pretty impressive leap forward over just 12 months for the owners of Maximus Wines. 

“Following the launch of our Settler’s Rare Dry Gin in early 2015 and the fabulous feedback, not to mention the fact the first batch sold out in four weeks, there was no question that we needed to introduce a range rather than a single product,” said McLaren Vale Distilling owner Rowland Short. 

The gin is made from grapes grown on the family property, then distilled on the property and finally bottled on the property - all by hand.”

Being a South Australian gin, some of the botanicals used are native to South Australia.  Muntrie berries from the Coorong were chosen along with lemon myrtle from the Adelaide Hills.

Trading on the history of the South Australia being a colony of free settlers, Settlers is made from grape spirit  and triple distilled to express the aromatic qualities of the botanicals and styles

The success of Settler’s Gin has brought to fruition Short's dream of producing small batch, artisan and sustainable spirits.

“Our newest gin releases include Old Tom Gin, Sloe Gin and Oak Aged Gin," he said. "With the suite of gins growing and the introduction of Settlers Vodka & Goji Berries, Settlers Maraschino Cherry Liquor and Settlers Coffee Liqueur the next obvious step was to open a gin bar at the distillery.”

“We now offer 'gins for all seasons' and we are proud to boast we are the only Australian distiller of a Maraschino Cherry Liqueur.”

Settlers "pop up" Gin Bar is at Maximus Wines cellar door. A glass of gin with a mixer is $5 and gin flights (all four gins paired with morsels of food) are $20.

The cellar door bar at 197 Foggo Road, McLaren Vale, also offers a cocktail of the month for $14 and is open 11am-4pm Saturdays, Sunday and public holidays.

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