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Friday 25 March 2022

A brilliant use for smoke-tainted wine grapes

There is a new reason to visit the Meerea Park cellar door in the Hunter Valley.

The Eather brothers are well known for their aged semillons and cellar-worthy shirazes, as well as other wines including chardonnay, a marsanne-roussanne blend and even a pinot noir. 

A recent newcomer to the Meerea Park arsenal, however, is the India Finger Lime Gin, made for Meerea Park by Mobius Distilling using Hunter-grown wine grapes from the 2020 vintage and native finger limes grown by a family friend from Grafton in the north of New South Wales.

The wine used was smoke-tainted and not suitable for release, but proved ideal for distilling.

Other botanicals used in the gin include coriander seed, angelica root, liquorice root, native pepperberry, rainforest lime and orris root. A spirit for lovers of dry rieslings.

The gin is vegan friendly and extremely palatable on its own, as well as enjoyed with tonic and a slice of lime.

The Indie Finger Lime Gin costs $80 at cellar door or through the website at

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