The West Winds Wild Plum Gin 2020 vintage to be released early

Award-winning gin is back for an unforgettable 2020 limited edition vintage

Australia’s love affair with flavoured gin is set to continue in 2020 with the early bottling of this year’s The West Winds Wild Plum Gin. The 2019 bottling of the flavoured gin was a such a sell-out success that the distillery has brought forward the date for its 2020 release.

The West Winds Gin is Australia’s most awarded gin producer and the 2019 release of its Wild Plum Gin knocked the socks off judges by scooping five gold medals at: the 2020 International Wine & Spirits Competition, the World Gin Masters 2020, the World Gin Awards 2020, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020 as well as the Australian Gin Awards in November 2019, making it unequivocally Australia’s most awarded flavoured gin.

Paul White, Captain and Ship’s Navigator, The West Winds Gin, says: “Our Wild Plum releases are always hotly anticipated and the 2020 release is no exception. This is some of the finest liquid you’ll find using our native flavours alongside traditional gin ingredients.”

If it’s a tart plum, zesty citrus and warm sweetness you’re after, this limited edition bottling has got your name written all over it. Made with native Davidson plums and Tasmanian sloe berries (also from the plum family as it happens), the 2020 vintage has been designed with a warm and earthy backbone to support the uniquely Australian flavours. As well as the tart finish from the Davidson plums, you’ll discover a cosy sweetness thanks to banksia honey and the sloe berries, all perfectly balanced out with robust citrus notes.

Mr White comments: “We are proud to say we were one of the first distillers of the Margaret River region and 10 years on, consumers around the world keep coming back for our uniquely Australian flavours and style. Through hard work, planning and passion, our gins have gained national and international acclaim. Our focus has always been on filling every bottle with the best possible flavour profile.”

The West Winds gin distillery was established in 2010 and is a true pioneer in Australian craft spirit production. Putting an emphasis on product development and innovation, West Winds has always pushed the boundaries. Creating gins with amazing amounts of flavour, it’s no surprise that its Wild Plum gin has become the most awarded flavoured gin in Australia and the distillery is perfectly placed to take advantage of the 126% YOY[1] growth in Australian flavoured gins.

The West Winds success comes from embracing the use of native Australian botanicals in the distillation process. The Australian owned and operated distillery based in Margaret River, WA, has quickly gained popularity on both a national and international stage for its focus on local ingredients direct from growers, environmentally sustainable produce and botanicals.

Also available for pre-order from 19 August from www.thewestwindsgin.com or wholesalers from 1 September. Contact your Stuart Alexander rep for more info.

SIGNATURE SERVES

With so much character, the 2020 vintage tastes great to sip as is, or if you prefer, add an ice cube or two to really open up the flavours. Serve long with soda or tonic and garnish with an orange wedge for a simple refresher. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try:

Two thirds of a Negroni

  • 30ml The West Winds Wild Plum Gin
  • 30ml Campari

Method: Add all to a mixing glass with ice.  Stir until chilled.  Pour into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with dried citrus or stone fruits.

Bobby Hawke

  • 20ml The West Winds Wild Plum Gin
  • 40ml Australian whisky
  • 5ml DOM Benedictine

Method: Add all to mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Pour into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an Anzac Biscuit. 

PER>>SYD

  • 20ml The West Winds Wild Plum Gin
  • 20ml bourbon
  • 20ml Aperol
  • 20ml fresh lemon

Method: Add all but soda to cocktail tin with ice and shake. Once diluted, fine strain into a coupette. Garnish with a paper plane.

Wild Plum Fizz

  • 50ml The West Winds Wild Plum Gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • White of one egg
  • Soda

Method: Add all but soda to cocktail tin with one cube of ice and shake. Open and fill shaker with ice and shake again. Fine strain into chilled glass and top with soda. Garnish with an orange wedge and cherry.

[1] IWSR Domestic Volume Report 2020

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