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Seppeltsfield Road Distillers launch new Native Ground Gin

The Barossa distillers have released two new gins into the marketplace – Musician’s Cut Gin and most recently the Native Ground Gin.

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It has been a busy few months for Seppeltsfield Road Distillers.

The Barossa distillers have released two new gins into the marketplace – Musician’s Cut Gin which you can learn more about here and most recently the Native Ground Gin.

A new style explored by Head Distiller, Nicole Durdin, the Native Ground Gin encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone and into a world with native botanicals that are indigenous to Australia and the Barossa.

“I was inspired after being introduced to waxflower – a genus of shrubs native to Western Australia,” Nicole said.

“It was sent to me to trial in distillation and I fell in love with the umami. The floral notes of this botanical, along with the indigenous flavours had me captivated, and it sent me down a path of producing a native-focused gin.”

Using locally sourced, readily available botanicals for this gin was a priority for Nicole. One of the botanicals, native Peppermint Box (Eucalyptus odorata), grows in their backyard, around and over the distillery and tasting room entrance.

Approximately 200g of leaves are hand-plucked from the tree to produce 400 bottles of gin.

Named by the team, ‘Native Ground’ was chosen to represent their respect for what the ground provides.

“Native Peppermint Box and Tasmanian Pepperberry give this gin warm spice notes of mint and pepper, which balance nicely alongside prominent juniper,” Nicole said.

“The waxflower adds a floral savouriness through the middle of the palette, with lemon myrtle and finger lime providing a hint of citrus.

“You will not find any traditional, fresh citrus in this gin – a complete change of style from the citrus forward Barossa Dry and House Gin which have become our signature profiles. The Native Ground Gin uses only a hint of finger lime to soften the bold botanicals.”

Seppeltsfield Road Distillers recognises the importance of sustainable practices and have committed part proceeds from Native Ground Gin sales to support local conservation and biodiversity groups within Barossa to ensure the longevity of local ingredients.

With a bold palate full of botanical complexity, it’s easy to lose these flavours with sweet tonics or intense garnishes.

To get the most out of the palate, the suggested serve is with soda or a low sugar tonic and anise myrtle leaves if you must garnish. But they always love to hear how you’re serving yours.

Native Ground Gin is available for tasting at the Seppeltsfield Road Distillers tasting room, showcased on the tasting flight alongside their other internationally awarded House Gin and Barossa Shiraz Gin.

With the tasting room open daily and less than 60 minutes from Adelaide CBD you can discover a new favourite gin combination and ask the staff about where you should visit next.

Along with the release of the gin, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers have also shared a couple of cheeky cocktail recipes that the Native Ground is perfect for:

Native Ground Negroni:

– Half a blood orange

– 60ml of Native Ground Gin

– 30ml Campari

– 2x anise myrtle leaves

Squeeze blood orange into shaker and drop in. Add Native Ground Gin & Campari. Shake well over ice. Fine strain into short glass & stir in bruised leaves.

For more information and to order the Native Ground Gin or to book your tasting, visit the SRD website.

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