With the colder months coming to an end (sort of) our minds start to flicker towards warm (sort of) evenings in the beer garden.
That being said, we may have stumbled across the ultimate summer drink – a wine / gin hybrid, which could very well be the first of its kind.
Chapel Down sounds like its technically a gin, though though the drink takes a twist by being distilled using pinot noir grapes.
The product description reads: “This highly aromatic gin was produced with distilled Pinot Noir grape skins from the Chapel Down harvest and blended with English wheat spirit.
“Infused with juniper, coriander, dried red berries, rose buds, citrus fruits, rosehip, angelica and grains of paradise.
“Created by the winemakers at Chapel down using distilled Pinot Noir grape skins after the pressing process for their sparkling wine.
“Delicate aromas of red berries perfectly balance the juniper-led palate and citrus fresh finish.”
A bottle of Chapel Down will set you back £33.99 – meaning it isn’t exactly a budget tipple, still it’d make a pretty good present. Or a treat at the end of a particularly tough week.
Or you know, a Friday.
The winery behind the drink made headlines in 2016 when it picked up 18 medals at the International Wine Awards. Last year, its single vineyard estate Kit’s Coty triumphed at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition, winning Gold Outstanding for the Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013 and Blanc de Blanc 2013.