Organic Gin arrives at Wise

Wise Organic Gin

Distilling gins and other spirits is a dark art– equal parts alchemy, rocket science and artistry. Since commencing distillation just over 12 months ago, the Wise range of gins and spirits have been enthusiastically received by our visitors and loyal online customers. Now Wise Wine has released our first certified Organic Gin. We are very excited about this and the prospects of further organic gin variants.

Let the Fun Be Gin

It was around the start of 2019 when Ron Wise was looking around for opportunities to diversify his portfolio of projects at Wise Estate in Eagle Bay at the far north of the Margaret River wine growing region. The property was already host to a successful winery, cellar door, restaurant and tavern but Ron felt there was scope to complete the canvas with a more bespoke venture.

The idea to install a distillery was put to Ron by General Manager Greg Garnish. Greg, an accomplished distiller, could see that the Capes region was crying out for a Distillery to provide another tasting experience to tempt the many local, interstate and overseas visitors to the area each year.

So during the cold winter months of 2019, Greg and the Wise team set about gutting the existing Cellar Door and installing a 380 litre STILL Dragon kettle. The plan was to distill the gins right in front of our visitors so they could experience the production process and taste the spirits as they were bottled. There was huge excitement as the first experimental runs were assessed and techniques refined. Soon we had a solid range of high quality gins and spirits that we were able to share with visitors and take on the road to wine and food events.

Genesis of Wise Organic Gin

Greg has the dual talents of being a winemaker and a distiller. His wine is good, but his distilling credentials are unsurpassed in the region. He gained notoriety with the first Margaret River version of Pisco. Greg’s Signature Gin Gin Gin medalled at the 2020 London International Spirit Competition – one of only 2 in Australia.

Greg is passionate about gin distilling and exploring the wonderful range of flavours and aromas possible through carefully controlling the distillation and addition of botanicals – carefully prepared fruits, herbs and spices.

The idea to make an organic gin was sparked by feedback from many visitors to the Wise Tasting Room who voiced disappointment with the quality of many of the mass-produced commercial gins. Tasters of Wise gins raved about the clean, natural aroma and flavour of gin distilled from organically grown Gin Gin clone chardonnay grapes and pristine Eagle Bay rain water. The Wise gins were essentially organic gins but without the certification. Encouraged by this customer feedback we set about the process of gaining organic certification of the distillery and the range of gins through Southern Cross Certified.

The Wise Distillery is the only Margaret River distiller of Organic Gin distilled from our own chardonnay and other grape varieties on-site as the base for our spirits. This is done to retain the fruit aromatics of the wine to infuse into our range of spirits. Our dream is to make great, small run gins and spirits to share with you and that we love too. Join us on our journey as we discover the delights of small run dry gin distilling.

Our first Certified Margaret River Organic Gin

The process starts with carefully selected parcels of certified organic Gingin clone Chardonnay grown on certified organic Margaret River vineyards. The grapes are fermented and the wine base is then made at an organically certified Wise winery. The resultant organic wine is distilled giving a base alcohol. This base spirit is then triple distilled with certified organic botanicals being added for the final distil. This process is time consuming and requires great attention to detail, but it is all made worthwhile when you taste the final product. The exclusion of all chemical preservatives and additives leaves a crystal clear and stunning dry gin. The Wise Organic Gin has a smooth alcohol and is very much in the classic London Dry Gin style. The inspiration for an organic gin came from customer feedback saying they were unhappy with the quality of mass-produced commercial gins. Tasters of Wise gins raved about the clean, natural aroma and flavour of gin distilled from organically grown Gingin clone chardonnay grapes and pristine Eagle Bay rain water. The Wise gins were essentially organic gins but without the certification. This customer feedback  encourages us to set about the process of gaining organic certification of the distillery and the range of gins through Southern Cross Certified.

Organic Botanicals

One of the secrets to a great Organic Gin is in the botanicals used to flavour it. The natural oils and aromatic compounds are absorbed and infused as the botanicals are steeped and travel through the condensing coil as part of the vapour. We use 100% certified organic botanicals in our gin. These are chosen from a very few select suppliers who can meet organic certification requirements and who supply the finest botanicals. A blend of Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Angelica Root and Lemon Myrtle were used to flavour this gin.

Tasting Notes

Nose – Junipers, fresh pine needles, dried bay leaf, bath salts. Palate – Full and smooth, dry Juniper backbone which is followed by a broad and sweet spice on the mid palate. It has an underlying fruitiness and is subtly spiced with pepper, The finish is long smooth dry and with a touch of exotic spice, pepper and lemon. Wise Organic Gin – 700ml – 40% ABV For the cleanest, most natural way to enjoy your Organic Gin – pour over ice. Alternatively, mix with Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water and a twist of lemon or lime if you must. Or see below for our Gin Cocktail idea.

Organic Gin Cocktail Recipes

Tom Collis with Organic GIn
Tom Collins with Organic Gin

Greg's Gin & Tonic

Straight from Wise Distiller Greg Garnish. A classic G&T made with our Organic Gin to savour and enjoy at any time. According to Greg, the 'golden rule' for a great G&T is that you must add more gin than tonic water.
Ingredients
  • 60-75 ml Wise Margaret River Organic Gin
  • 60 ml Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water
  • 2 slices of lemon or lime
Method
Chill your 200ml glasses, add ice, then one slice of lemon or lime, then your Organic Gin, then your tonic water and finally the second slice of lemon or lime. And that it, you instantly made the world a happier place.

Tom Collins

A great summer cool drink with the perfect ratio of sweet, sour and acloholic strength.
Ingredients
  • 60 ml Wise Organic Gin
  • 35 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml sugar syrup
  • Soda wate to serve
  • Garnish with lemon slice
Method
Add organic gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a shaker half-filled with ice. Stir to combine, strain into a tall glass with fresh ice cubes, top with soda, garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Wise Organic Gin available at:

Wise Organic Gin is currently only available through our Tasting Room at Wise Estate or Online – see our special offer below.

$80 per bottle - free shipping Australia Wide.


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