They say that patience is a virtue – but when two of Victoria’s top independent producers bring their finest wine and gin together it’s time to act quickly.
Geelong’s renowned 6Ft6 wines has teamed up with Melbourne’s Patient Wolf Distilling Co. for a limited release batch of the bright and alluring Patient Wolf Pinot Noir Gin.
6Ft6 co-owner Belinda Austin said the collaboration came from a mutual desire to showcase the best of each other’s brands. “At 6Ft6 we are renowned for our pinot noir, and Patient Wolf’s Melbourne Dry Gin is equally recognised for its distinctive flavour profile,” Belinda says.
“Australians can’t get enough of flavoured gin and equally love their pinot noir – so we thought why not bring together two favourites for a product that has a true distinction? Working on this project with the Patient Wolf team has not only been enjoyable but also a great way to forge new friendships while creating a product we are all extremely proud of. To say we are excited to be able to release this is an understatement.”
Belinda said the Patient Wolf Pinot Noir Gin emerged from steeping Patient Wolf’s signature Melbourne Dry Gin in 6Ft6 pinot noir grapes. “After three months together, the gin-soaked fruit was lightly pressed to reveal a gin that’s both bright in colour and flavour,” she said.
Patient Wolf Pinot Noir Gin is deeply perfumed with rich notes of cherry, raspberry and a hint of blueberry. It exhibits a layered palate of red fruit, spice, citrus and juniper, perfectly complemented by light tannins and a touch of natural sweetness from the grapes. Patient Wolf head distiller Dave Irwin said 6Ft6’s pinot noir was the perfect match for Patient Wolf’s big and bold, and incredibly smooth Melbourne Dry Gin. “It was fantastic working collaboratively with Belinda and Scott from 6Ft6 to bring two of Australia’s favourite brands together for a unique take on flavoured gin, and in showcasing the best of both the wine and gin categories,” Dave said.