CAPREOLUS GOOSEBERRY EAU DE VIE 2020
the gooseberry, this was a fruit I had wanted to work with for years. We work in a terroir driven way which means that we focus within a 50 mile area of the distillery. We are in such a historically important fruit breeding region, and with such a unique maritime climate, that we are more interested in a purely quality driven approach that showcases our terroir and the plants which grow well within it. By working only from the fruits natural sugar (rather than using just a few kilos of fruit and neutral alcohol to boost yields as per most EDV producers) we have incredible compression - up to 45kg of fruit in the litre. This raises normally imperceptible flavours which bring us closer to the parent plant or tree and are indicative of the climate and landscape in which they grow.
The gooseberries are from a small family farm. Normally picking to supermarket standards of bullet hard fruit we have worked together to pick at an absolutely incredible ripeness. They are translucent, filled with flowers and show great complexity and nuance. Only 200kg can be picked at this level per day so we received a ton in small batches which we hand sorted and cleaned, gently crushing them before fermentation by wild yeasts (whose successional nature in fermentation brings its own character) and then triple distillation. Every decision is made by me on a purely sensory basis.