The fourth vintage of Barossa Shiraz Gin from Seppeltsfield Road Distillers was awarded an Outstanding-Gold medal, with an unprecedented 99-points for a gin at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London.
Nicole Durdin, Head Distiller/Owner and husband Jon, Managing Director/Owner were ecstatic about the results.
With two gins receiving a Gold-Outstanding medal, the 2021 Barossa Shiraz Gin was the only gin in its category of Flavoured Gin to be awarded 99-points, closely followed by their new release Musician’s Cut to be awarded 98-points in its first ever competition.
The significance of this award is not lost on Nicole and Jon, as the first gin to ever be awarded 99-points from the IWSC, this is a high accolade.
“IWSC is the most respected of the global spirits competitions. To gain this recognition highlights the quality of our product to new and existing markets around the world,” said Owner Jon Durdin.
“We’re excited to return to Junipalooza London in June, and now even more excited to share our 99-point Barossa Shiraz Gin with the UK.”
Operating since 1969, the International Wine and Spirits Competition is an iconic competition within the drinks industry and 2022 has seen a record number of entries, with Gin accounting for 1200 of the 4000+ of the entries and for the first time ever 4 gins received 99-point Gold-Outstanding status, with Queensland distillery, Mt Uncle also being recognised.
“We knew our 2021 Barossa Shiraz Gin was special” said Head Distiller Nicole Durdin, “With each vintage we learn and improve our craft, and the amazing fruit we received from our growers has made this our best vintage yet.”
The 2021 Vintage in Barossa has been referred to by many as a “unicorn vintage” with all the growing conditions for Shiraz production being perfect producing the highest quality fruit seen in decades.
The fruit for 2021 was harvested within 2 kilometres of the distillery from 3 vineyards grown by Evan Gobell at Stonewell Vineyards and David Lehmann of David Franz Wines fame.
The Shiraz grapes are macerated in Seppeltsfield Road Distillers House Gin, which itself was recognised in 2020 as #21 of the top 100 spirits in the world to drink by the London Spirits Competition.