2021 Ceres Hill Off Dry Vermouth (700ml)
Some very detailed notes from Ollie Margan.
We harvest our Semillon and ferment to dryness with a portion sent away to be distilled. Lockdown settled in late June and we harvested a selection of compatible aromatic ingredients from around the grounds and our kitchen garden. These included wormwood, blood orange, mandarin, lime leaf, calendula, lavender, lemongrass amongst others… After steeping in spirit for some time, the components were blended with the table wine, some organic cane sugar, seasoned with some 2022 verjuice (same vineyard) and a dosage of our solera Verdelho ‘Madeira’ style fortified. Two months of rest in old French oak seemed to resolve any grievances and we filled all 500 bottles of this yesterday without further preservation, fining or filtration at 19% ABV. This sits in and around the Cocchi Americano style with an Orange bitters dry edge. Splice like texture (thanks Broke Fordwich Semillon) helps carry the flavor in the presence of soda water. Serve simply on ice, 50/50 stirred down served up with Campari, or dash it into a gin and mixer.