All smiles over Grumpy Fish Gin
GIN is now being produced at the region's famous winery. Distiller Warren Fish is leasing an area at Paul Conti Wines in Woodvale to produce his Grumpy Fish Gin. Story and how the spirit got its name,
A DESIRE to make the best possible, small-batch gin imaginable led Kingsley resident Warren Fish to create his recently launched Grumpy Fish Gin, made at the Paul Conti Wines vineyard in Woodvale.
Warren, a company director by profession, spends part of his time travelling and consulting to remote mining outposts in WA’s North-West. However, creating alchemy in the distillery, along with “Shirley” the hard-working still, is what gives him the most joy.
Leasing a modest area of about 40sq m within the winemaking facility, Warren said approaching Paul Conti earlier this year was a natural progression, especially with regard to reusing an agricultural product that would normally go to waste.
“We share the same values on sustainability and recycling,” Warren said.
“Any of the wine, or final pressings that would normally be discarded, is used to make the gin base.
“What sets us apart from many other gin producers is that we make our own basespirit.
“Many distilleries buyin the base spirit, then simply infuse botanical flavours into it. This is a much cheaper and quicker option, with the opportunity for higher production output.
“However, this goes completely against the grain of our quality philosophy,” said Warren, who produces about 70 bottles per run.
He runs the wine and other ingredients through the still, which boils off the alcohol and purifies it, making for a high-quality neutral spirit, or vodka.
This is then passed through a further distillation process which imbues the spirit with a medley of certified organic, gin botanicals.
“We use up to 18 different botanicals, alongside the holy trinity of gin – juniper berries, Orris root and Angelica root,” he says.
“These are the binding agents that carry the rest of the flavours which, in our case, include cardamom, lavender, geranium leaves, orange, lemon and lime peel, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and cloves.”
Warren Fish from Grumpy Fish Distillery.
About 70 bottles of Grumpy Fish Gin are produced during every run at a winery in Woodvale.