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Balcombe

Small-Batch ‘Winemaker’s’ Gin from the Garagiste Boys

Garagiste’s Barney Flanders and Cam Marshall need little introduction to our audience. Core to this duo’s wine philosophy is a sense of place, so it’s no surprise that their first foray into craft spirits was inspired by the coastal produce indigenous to their home turf on the Mornington Peninsula.

Balcombe Coastal Gin is fashioned using 15 botanicals; from the locally sourced samphire and saltbush—to impart the all-important coastal experience—to the essential oil-rich orange peel, rosemary and fennel seeds. The guys then use Java long pepper, blood orange, lemon verbena, then two types of coriander and ginger for complexity. Of course, there is plenty of soft juniper character to balance all those powerful coastal flavours, providing the drinker with a Gin that is both delicately poised and highly evocative of the Peninsula. This ‘winemaker’s gin’ is left deliberately cloudy as the distillers do not fine or filter the spirit, leading to extra texture and interest in the bottle.

For their second release, Mabel, the team set out to craft a minimalist and versatile Gin that comes alive no matter what you throw at it. With the assistance of Brogan Carr, the pair have created what we believe to be a damn near-perfect premium first-pour Gin—classically dry, with a pared-back botanical bill. As such, Barney and Cam have taken a slightly retro route, bringing us a delicious Gin that doesn’t come with any hard and fast rules. Drink it with whatever you want, whenever you want and wherever you want.

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Balcombe Mabel Dry Gin

Balcombe Mabel Dry Gin

Mabel is distilled in Richmond in concert with the talented Brogan Carr, whom Cam Marshall describes as a “genius” regarding the way she has helped the lads bring their ideas to fruition. A soft base of juniper provides the canvas, green cardamom brings fragrance and samphire salty umami, while pepperberry adds a citrus tang and a lick of spice on the subtle finish. But the Balcombe team will stress that Mabel is not all about the botanicals. Silky smooth with depth and body, Mabel is designed to have the texture and intricacy you would expect in a Balcombe Gin, yet be more versatile to work with. Just like Dame Mabel Brookes, this succeeds in any scenario: in a G & T, a Vesper or a Negroni; garnished with citrus, herbs or flowers; topped with tonic, juice or something sparkling. In other words, it’s a must for every drinks cabinet.

Mabel is designed to have the texture and intricacy you would expect in a Balcombe Gin, yet be more versatile to work with. Just like Dame Mabel Brookes, this succeeds in any scenario: in a G & T, a Vesper or a Negroni; garnished with citrus, herbs or flowers; topped with tonic, juice or something sparkling. In other words, it’s a must for every drinks cabinet.

Balcombe Mabel Dry Gin
Balcombe Coastal Gin

Balcombe Coastal Gin

This terrific small batch gin, inspired by the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula, is distilled by our friends Garagiste Vintners in collaboration with Brogan’s Way Distillery. Long recognised as one of Victoria’s finest boutique winemakers, Barney and Cam’s foray into craft spirits was inspired by the idea of combining some of the coastal ingredients indigenous to the peninsula—samphire and saltbush—with some of the spicy aromatic notes often found in their Pinot Noirs—fennel, clove and citrus peel. To this end, Balcombe uses 15 different botanicals, including local samphire, saltbush and fennel to impart the all-important coastal experience. The guys then use long pepper, orange peel, lemon myrtle, lavender, as well as coriander and ginger for complexity. Of course, there are plenty of juniper notes to balance the powerful coastal character. The team use a hybrid CARL still and the neutral grain spirit is distilled to 92% before being diluted back. The juniper is macerated overnight to maximise extraction and minimise waste, and all ingredients are added to the still in the morning for a days distillation, before resting for 4-6 weeks before cutting, blending and bottling.Distilled under the experienced eye of Brogan Carr, this ‘winemaker’s gin’ is textural, complex and refined, with citrussy freshness, saline charm and notable, impressive balance.

Distilled under the experienced eye of Brogan Carr, this ‘winemaker’s gin’ is textural, complex and refined, with citrussy freshness, saline charm and notable, impressive balance.

Balcombe Coastal Gin
Balcombe Coastal Gin (500ml)
Bibendum Bar

Balcombe Coastal Gin (500ml)

This terrific small batch gin, inspired by the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula, is distilled by our friends Garagiste Vintners in collaboration with Brogan’s Way Distillery. Long recognised as one of Victoria’s finest boutique winemakers, Barney and Cam’s foray into craft spirits was inspired by the idea of combining some of the coastal ingredients indigenous to the peninsula—samphire and saltbush—with some of the spicy aromatic notes often found in their Pinot Noirs—fennel, clove and citrus peel. To this end, Balcombe uses 15 different botanicals, including local samphire, saltbush and fennel to impart the all-important coastal experience. The guys then use long pepper, orange peel, lemon myrtle, lavender, as well as coriander and ginger for complexity. Of course, there are plenty of juniper notes to balance the powerful coastal character. The team use a hybrid CARL still and the neutral grain spirit is distilled to 92% before being diluted back. The juniper is macerated overnight to maximise extraction and minimise waste, and all ingredients are added to the still in the morning for a days distillation, before resting for 4-6 weeks before cutting, blending and bottling.Distilled under the experienced eye of Brogan Carr, this ‘winemaker’s gin’ is textural, complex and refined, with citrussy freshness, saline charm and notable, impressive balance. 

Distilled under the experienced eye of Brogan Carr, this ‘winemaker’s gin’ is textural, complex and refined, with citrussy freshness, saline charm and notable, impressive balance.

Balcombe Coastal Gin (500ml)
Bibendum Bar

Country

Australia

Primary Region

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Availability

National

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