Wildbrumby gin makes its mark again at International Spirits competition.
Wildbrumby Distillery has been awarded ‘Gold’ for its Rubus Patch gin at the Melbourne International Spirits Competition this week.
This follows on from a similar success with its Classic gin which won ‘Gold’ at last year’s competition. Wildbrumby is best known for bringing schnapps to the Snowy Mountains, but over the past few years, the distillery has been undergoing something of a ‘gin revolution’.
The Rubus Patch gin was developed by Wildbrumby distillers Brad Spalding and Sebastian Drüge last summer, and is blended with organically grown raspberries from the Wildbrumby patch.
It has been carefully balanced with its aromatic pallet of juniper, citrus and botanicals, such as the native mountain pepper berry that grows wild in the Snowy Mountains.
The result is a viscous, well-rounded structure that rolls across both front and back palates, said Wildbrumby’s head distiller, Brad Spalding.
Classic notes of citrus and juniper play host to aromatic raspberry, finished with delicate hints of rose, cardamom and spice.
“This is a complex, finely tuned gin with a crisp and refreshing aftertaste that delivers a delightful twist to the classic G&T and also pairs beautifully with soda,” Spalding said.
In its fourth year, the Melbourne International Spirits Competition is a major international spirits competition with trade-only judges. Close to 200 entries were submitted from more than eight countries around the world.
Stallion Gin Gallops In
In other gin developments, the distillery is putting the finishing touches on its new navy-strength ‘Stallion’ gin. This high-spirited 57% infusion blends juniper and native mountain pepper with a buccaneer’s booty of black tea, ginger and orchard-grown citrus and will be available in coming weeks from the distillery door and online shop.
Art has always been central to the spirit and workings of Wildbrumby, and to showcase some of the distillery has published its own & “Sculpture Walk” book.
On sale at the distillery door, the book features the work of the many artists displayed throughout the sculpture garden and still house. A sculpture map will guide visitors on an inspiring journey through Richard Moffatt's Orbs and the polished granite boulders crafted by Austrian sculptor Andreas Buisman, as well as many other artists’ work.
The Wildbrumby Distillery has been named as a leading food and drink innovator in a recently published book Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations. The book showcases 50 stand-out products across the entire Australian food value chain.
Chosen by an expert panel of judges, these were selected on whether they aligned to one of seven global megatrends identified by the CSIRO.
Wildbrumby was chosen for its focus on product experience and the personalisation of its ever-growing range of contemporary Australian spirits.
The Wildbrumby Story
Wildbrumby has been in the spirits business for well over a decade, and was one of the first craft distilleries established in Australia.
Although gin holds a very special place in Snowy Mountains history, wildbrumby’s story actually begins with schnapps – that quintessential tipple from the Alpine region of Europe.
Schnapps distilleries are native to the European Alps, where the winters proved too cold for traditional wine production.
It was in the Austrian region of Kitzbühl that wildbrumby founder and distiller, Brad Spalding, met his future wife, Monika, whose grandfather distilled schnapps on his mountain farm.
Enchanted by this rich distilling heritage, Brad studied the traditional methods and then set out to introduce authentic schnapps to Australia’s Snowy region.
He produces many varieties of schnapps which have proved extremely popular among visitors to the Snowy region, and Spalding has continued to push boundaries with flavour, essence and ‘mouthfeel’.
Sebastian Drüge, a key member of Wildbrumby’s distilling team, adds his own ‘special twists’ in the quest to create award-winning products.
Ski season holiday makers and Jindy locals alike get to enjoy a couple of new watering holes this winter, following the opening of the Jindabyne Brewing Company, and the re-opening of the legendary Brumby Bar.
Jindabyne Brewing Company has established a new home in Jindabyne, moving from its roots in Kalkite. The micro brewery launched its new premises at the start of the ski season, with Karl, Max and the team serving their impressive ales from equally impressive taps. Here you can enjoy the full selection of their locally famous Golden Ale, Pilzner, Red X and Veiss Beir plus a couple of seasonal specials.
If you can’t get there to try their full range, you can find some of their beers on tap at a growing number of venues throughout the town and region, including long-time supporters Lake Jindabyne Hotel and CBD.
Jindabyne Brewery Winter
Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday-Sunday: 11am to late
Address: 5 Nettin Circuit Jindabyne 2627
Phone: 0412 224 103
Arguably Jindabyne’s best known pub, the Brumby Bar & Bistro, sold in May 2017 and its new owners Chris & “Poss” promptly gave it a facelift, renaming it Brumby Bar & Grill in the process. Now you’ll find a new interior design, new menu and new range of beverages, but an equally warm and inviting atmosphere. So whether you’re heading there for an early dinner after a day up the slopes, or planning to hit the d-floor with some live music later in the night, get there and check it out this winter!
Address: Cnr Kosciuszko Rd & Kalkite St, Jindabyne 2627
Phone: (02) 6456 2526