Australian whisky brand Starward has released the latest addition to their core line, Left Field, an ‘approachable’ single malt finished in red wine barrels.
The 100% French oak barrels that contained Shiraz, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir from the Barossa and Yarra Valley Wine Regions, are said to give the expression a ‘rich and spicy mouthfeel’. Bottled at 40% ABV, the whisky offers notes of tropical fruit, red apple skin, fresh red berries, and vanilla spice on the nose, as well as a tropical fruit character with lightly toasted oak on the palate.
“We felt it was important for us to create a flavourful but easy drinking and approachable whisky that talks to the place it is made, like very few whiskies can,” said David Vitale, Starward’s founder.
“We all have a ‘special occasion’ whisky cabinet which is overflowing with options, but the sharing cabinet is curated. We believe we have an opportunity to elbow out some space and create an alternative to the great whiskies from around the world with an Australian whisky, matured in Australian wine barrels.”
Vitale recommends that the whisky is served with tonic water, which he believes is “refreshing and bright and brings out the smooth, full flavour of our whisky”. Additionally, mixing it with vermouth and grapefruit soda to make a Spritz, or a classic Sour is suggested.
Left-Field is available to buy exclusively in Europe, and in Waitrose stores across the UK
For more information on Starward Whisky, go to starward.com.au