GinA quintessential refresher with tonic and also the base of a huge number of cocktails, the popularity of this remarkably versatile spirit continues to grow. A predominant aroma and flavour of juniper is key to gin, the rest of the ingredients and the methods of production aren't regulated. Which is where things get really interesting... Nicks Wine Merchants is the place in Australia to buy gin online. We import many lines directly and stock everything from the latest trending classifications to the finest Australian Gins. Undeniably the largest selection of Gin in Australia. Click here to learn more about Gin or subscribe to our Spirits and Liqueurs Email Newsletter to keep up to date with new arrivals, tastings, special offers and more.
Tasting note: Intense yellow-gold with thick legs. Offers unusual hints of crushed ant and orange cordial in the opening sniff. Second pass finds juniper/menthol freshness infused with hints of lemon thyme and saffron. Feather-light, supple, rounded mouthfeel with delicate cumin / turmeric / saffron-like flavours over refreshing background juniper. Restrained vanilla sweetness enters at the finish. Closes with faint saffron, bitter peel and ginger-like warmth in the aftertaste. Understated yet engaging. Enjoy this as it is. 47% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 47%
Tasting note: Pale brass-gold colour is reminiscent of young Chardonnay. Nosing finds a delightful harmony of citrus, coriander, woody juniper and pine needle underscored by subtle sweetness. Follows through with vivacious, full bodied flavours of juniper, pepper and lemon cough lozenge, ending piney, fresh and well balanced with hints of cardamom and citrus zest in the aftertaste. The pick of the bunch from this distillery. 49% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 49%
Tasting note: [Batch 3] Matured in a Sherry barrel. Brilliant gold. Similar to the standard gin, only softer and more sedate on the nose, accenting lemon cheese cake, pine buds and a touch of menthol. The barrel character adds a delicate sweetness to the flavours of lemon cough lozenge and muted juniper. While the spices are toned down, it retains nice vibrancy and length. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$120.00 Bottle
Tasting note: Finished in whisky barrels for two months. Aromas of lemon barley sugar, green pine shoots and hints of white pepper followed by medium bodied flavours of juniper and lemon butter with a finely astringent, pepper, herb and green wood accented finish. A drier-styled aged gin that retains good juniper character. 41.3% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Double Gold. Melbourne International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 Silver Medal. San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
- ABV 42.5%
Tasting note: [Batch 2 tasted] Aged in small American oak barrels that previously held Bourbon, then Tasmanian whisky. Pale gold. Opens with aromas of green wood or balsa, filling out with scents of orange peel, coriander and vanilla. 3-4 minutes ups the sweetness while maintaining the orange theme. Light bodied with attractive ripe citrus flavours and warming spirit. Frail aftertaste hints at coriander and pine. Medium long. 43.5% Alc./Vol. Limited run of 338 bottles.
- ABV 43.5%
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$49.99 Bottle
Tasting note: Matured in a Chardonnay barrel, ageing has toned back and integrated the aromatics while adding an attractive lemon-lozenge key note. A fresh lemony character is present on the palate which is pleasingly astringent and nicely balanced. The finish leaves you with lingering traces of lemon and pine buds. Non chill filtered. 38% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 38%
South Australia, AUSTRALIA$99.99 Bottle
An aged Gin that references the barrels and blood spilt back in the days of prohibition. This project has been quietly maturing since co-founders Adam Carpenter and Wes Heddles opened at the company’s Gilbert St distillery. They had x Bourbon barrels that had recently being emptied of Barossa Shiraz, re-coopered into a smaller format then re-charred to restore their toasty character. The resulting gin is a big, bold, barrel strength style retaining a gentle shiraz note along with a rich oaked rye back note. Following the trade launch, Carpenter commented, "everyone loved the flavour, the complexity and how different it is to anything else out there, it’s not like any other shiraz gin as there’s no fruit contact, but it’s not your average barrel aged either.” Recommended with soda, in a classic Negroni, gin Old Fashioned or Boulevardier. 60% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 60%
A triple distilled, small batch gin made from grape spirit and local botanicals including native cranberry and saltbush. The brand pays homage to the region's first settlers. The producer's aim for this expression was to add structure to the gin without reducing the clarity of the botanicals. Tasting note: [BATCH 1401] Bright gold. Initial inspection conjures a curious medley of baked citrus, potpourri and rose-scented furniture wax. Light to medium bodied with subtle juniper and pine needle-like flavours and hints of peppermint and liquorice in the finish. Relaxed in the mouth with time in barrel muting the spices. The gin character is retained, though even less time in oak might be desirable? 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%
Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA$99.99 Bottle
This is the first of a series of barrel aged expressions to be released by West Winds. This edition has been created in collaboration with Australian Vermouth producers, Maidenii, using their Sweet Vermouth. West Winds describe it as a "true Australian Negroni style". Expect this series to multiply with a variety of barrels from suppliers of wine, whisky and more over the next couple of years. 45% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 45%
This is Applewood’s extra rich style, barrel matured in a small American oak casks for a whopping 18 months (most aged styles go for a fraction of that). In Applewood’s words: ”We wanted to focus on what makes a Gin 'rich' - like - really rich...stupidly rich...like mother's milk...so of course - a double dose of Juniper (as per all our limited editions) was mandatory. We then played around with some blow-your-head-off Gentian Root, Roasted Wattleseed, Cloves, Earl Grey Tea, Double-Dose of Fresh Valencia Orange Peel - then we tightened the nuts and bolts on this baby with some Green Cardamom, Pepperberry - and the rug that tied the room together? Some Almonds and the allusive Orris Root. "But we didn't stop there. We then raided the distillery for some barrel aged brandy-base - and settled on an experimental spirit that we spiced with Chai herbs from the folks out at Quo Chai - which we matured for 18 months in some American octave (80L) casks that held some of Australia's richest, most expensive Shiraz for 4 years - blending the spirits together for some serious weight and presence." Tasting note: Bright gold / dazzles in the glass. Lots of cardamom to the nose with light pepper warmth, clove, developing juniper and ripe citrus freshness. 2-3 minutes air contact offers a mixed bag of Indian spices. Fabulous texture with silky-yet-vibrant flavours of juniper, cardamom and pepper building delicate citrus oils through the finish. The mouthfeel is a delight. Enjoy this neat. 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%