Causes & Cures

Victoria, victoria Australia

This Viognier-based Vermouth is made at Giant Steps ‘by winemakers with a curious sense of spirits‘.

"Vermouth has a long and surreal history on the fringes of apothecary, art and medicine," says Phil Sexton. "The medieval treatise ‘Causes & Cures’ recorded the beneficial and restorative powers of all known herbs and spices."

To make the base wine, biodynamic Viognier grapes were hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and underwent a wild ferment in French puncheons and barriques. The wine was fermented to 14% alcohol. The botanicals (wormwood, juniper, gentian, bay leaf, cinchona and Seville orange) are macerated separately in a fortifying spirit (a distillate of the biodynamic Viognier). The resulting aromatic spirit is then used to fortify the ‘mother wine’ (or the Viognier) to 17% alcohol. It is a cracking Vermouth, delicious on its own with ice and a twist of orange or in expertly mixed cocktails.


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