It has been released in the lead-up to International Rosè Day on Friday 25 June.
The Rosè Vermouth is an aromatised wine handcrafted from The Craft & Co’s own estate-grown grapes in Bangholme, 30km from Melbourne’s CBD.
It is flavoured with distinctive herbs and botanicals including, but not limited to, nutmeg, dandelion, quinine, chicory and the essential wormwood.
The Craft & Co incorporates a boutique winery, distillery and brewery.
It has access to a range of suitable grape varietals to work with, which assisted the unique pathway to this latest release.
An investment into some ex-sherry oak barrels imported from Spain that arrived with some flor’ de Madeira, enabled all the pieces to come together.
“The challenge was melding the complexities of flor’ yeasts but enabling more fruit-driven freshness and acidity, not the traditional heavy rancio to dominate the style,” founder and master distiller Paul Baggio says.
“Creating a style of vermouth that was somewhat more ‘new world’ and Australian was what was sensed the savvy palates of locals would enjoy.
“The dynamic expression of botanicals is what we see as capturing the attention of the emerging cocktail scene, be it gin, amari or vermouths.”
Paul says the Rosè Vermouth can be served within a characterful martini or negroni, or poured simply over ice with a large slice of orange or grapefruit.
Deep copper and garnet in colour through barrel maturation, the vermouth is fresh in berry characters, raisins, caramelised figs and a rancio nuttiness.
Complex in its aromatics, the middle palate displays freshly-cut orange, Christmas pudding, vanilla and elderflower bringing forward the bitters that structure a long, subtle finish.
The Rosé Vermouth is $42 a bottle. It is available from The Craft & Co and will soon be available from national retailers.