This small-batch craft gin showcases some of SA’s best produce, among the 13 botanicals in the blend. Described as perfect for a dirty style martini or for a G&T with a sprig of rosemary — Needle & Pin captures the best of our backyard.
Most South Aussie gin distilleries use a wine base that already comes as a neutral spirit, but Needle & Pin make theirs from scratch.
This unique gin carries with it the taste of the Riverland, as distiller, Kayla Grigoriou, uses organic grapes direct from her family’s vineyard. This wine base is then distilled multiple times, creating a neutral spirit.
Grigoriou’s grapes are not the only whispers of the Riverland — she also uses a range of botanicals from the area including lavender, raisin, olive leaf and saltbush!
Of course, nothing is more quintessentially Riverland than the humble orange, so what better homage can be made to the region, than a classic Seville orange gin.
Saving Riverland farmers’ supermarket-rejected “seconds”, Grigoriou uses oranges and mandarins with minor blemishes, curbing wastefulness and supporting SA farmers. The result: a beautiful gin swirling with orange pulp and rind.
Not only is the gin considerate of it’s environmental footprint in the utilising of local resources, the product, bottled at the Needle & Pin distillery on Port Road, is packaged using sustainable materials from eco-friendly tissue paper company, noissue.
Needle & Pin is set to create more gins, and extend out to create other spirits. Grigoriou’s mission is simple: to create a product that is true to herself, not putting out anything unrepresentative of what she believes in.