New spirit rises from Marlborough's iconic grapes
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November 5, 2021

New spirit rises from Marlborough's iconic grapes

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Gin from wine? It may sound strange, but for a Marlborough winery it makes perfect sense and they hope gin drinkers will agree. The Giesen Group is using the alcohol extracted for its zero per cent Marlborough sauvignon blanc to make a new grape-based gin, aptly named Strange Nature. Giesen chief winemaker Duncan Shouler​ said the alcohol extracted from the grapes grown in Marlborough was really high quality.

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