Vodka from grapes. Its a little strange. But we couldnt seem to find a straight vodka we truly liked. Some were harsh, all of them lacked the depth of our flavoured spirits. I realised this was going to be a challenge and I knew we had to find a way to make straight vodka our way distilling it right from whole, just picked fruit - skin, stems, seeds, leaves and all. Enter the Voignier. This grape has low acid and amazing fruit and floral aromas. It takes the harsh ethanol bite right out of the spirit and it gives our straight vodka a sweet, smooth and satisfying feel. We blend a Viognier eau de vie with spirit made from Midwestern wheat to make a perfectly balanced, fruity straight vodka.
The Viognier is not an easy grape. It has low and unpredictable yields and we can only pick it when its fully ripe a window of a day or two. Something I think we might be fixated on doing things the hard way.