Chapel Down launches pinot noir gin

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New gin: Chapel Down launches pinot noir gin made from grape skins
New gin: Chapel Down launches pinot noir gin made from grape skins
One of England’s biggest vineyards has launched what is believed to be the first gin made from pinot noir grapes.

Chapel Down in Kent, which will soon have almost 1,000 acres of vines, has distilled the highly aromatic gin to 41.2% ABV by using the skins of its pinot noir grape harvest.

Managing director of Chapel Down wine and spirits Mark Harvey said: “Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin has all the attributes to become a superstar product within our range.

“Stunning to look at, the pink frosted bottle comes in the same D&AD design-awarded form as our Bacchus Gin and Chardonnay Vodka.”

Subtlety of flavour

Harvey continued: “There is a subtlety of flavour that has surprised and delighted all who have tasted this gin so far. Unique and delicious, a fantastic new addition to the family.”

Head winemaker Josh Donaghay created the gin by balancing the characteristics of the pinot noir grape with other botanicals.

“The gin is therefore infused with juniper, coriander, dried red berries, rosebuds, citrus fruits, rosehip, angelica and grains of paradise, all of which brilliantly reflect Pinot Noir,” he said.

“The result is an aromatic pink gin with delicate aromas of red berries that perfectly balance the juniper-led palate and refreshing citrus finish. This is our best yet.”

Launch in Selfridges

The gin, which has a retail price of £35 for 700ml, will be soon be widely available in the on and off-trade after an exclusive launch in Selfridges.

Last month, the wine, spirits and beer producer opened its Chapel Down Gin Works bar and restaurant at King’s Cross and is set to open its new brewery for its Curious Brew beer next month.

Meanwhile, Irish gin producers joined forces at the Embassy of Ireland in London last month (February) to showcase their distinct flavours to the UK market.

Find out how the Irish gin market has grown in recent years.

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