As the months change from summer to autumn the Secret Garden Distillery focus on their last crucial harvest. In their Glasshouse they grow 3 varieties of grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. In September the Distillery invited a select group of leading on-trade brands to their first ever Harvest Party where the team could introduce their latest gin made with the Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.
Mark Boswell, the Distiller, and Daniel Cunningham, Head of Sales, explained how the Pinot Noir Gin is made and roped the guests into helping bring in the harvest which will be used for the 2025 vintage. As Mark explained to the guests “the grapes we are picking now will steep in gin for 12 months before we are ready to craft the liquid into something really special. That’s a year of patient infusion and refinement resulting in a gin that marries the essence of grapes with the spirit of gin”.
The Pinot Noir Gin undergoes meticulous racking, settling, and multiple filtrations to deliver a liquid ready for the Secret Garden’s team of discerning palates. What sets it apart? Daniel reveals “The delicate hue is entirely natural, derived from the grape jus. Unlike other red and black grape varieties, Pinot Noir grapes impart a unique subtlety that shines through in every sip. This year we decided that 46% ABV is the sweet spot for this year’s liquid.”
To fully appreciate the magic of the Pinot Noir Gin, Secret Garden Distillery recommend serving it with a light tonic and a garnish of fresh raspberries. Let the flavours dance on your palate and allow the aroma to transport you to the heart of the vineyard. It also pairs beautifully in a Negroni – you can find the recipe for this on their website.
Pinot Noir Gin is currently exclusively available to buy on the Secret Garden Distillery’s web site at https://secretgardendistillery.co.uk/.
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About Secret Garden Distillery:
Secret Garden Distillery is a renowned distillery dedicated to producing exceptional handcrafted gin. Situated in the heart of the Pentlands, our distillery embraces the beauty of nature, infusing every batch of gin with botanical wonders. Our array of award-winning gins and the introduction of our ready-to-drink cocktails showcases our “seed to sip” ethos.