The latest spirit from Chapel Down is the on-trend Pinot Noir Gin, a light blush coloured gin that has arrived just in time for spring.
This is once again derived from English wine grape skins, this time from Pinot Noir, which is then blended with a neutral grain spirit. The flavour profile is a fusion of bright citrus and soft, ripe summer berries with the classic notes of juniper and floral aromatics.
I find this a particularly successful gin to mix with aromatic tonics and of course, a strawberry or raspberry garnish. However, I took the Pinot connection a little further by creating a cocktail that is based around gin and red wine using the Chapel Down Union Red.
English Ruby Martini
50ml Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin
50ml Chapel Down Union Red
25ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Agave Syrup
Lemon Slice & Cherry
Shake all ingredients over ice and fine strain into a martini glass, garnish with lemon slice and a single cherry.