Founder David Vitale started off with a simple vision; create a uniquely Australian whisky that they can offer the world with pride.
Born and bred in Melbourne, David was inspired to create a spirit that reflects his hometown - from its culture to its famed 'four seasons in a day' temperature swings. It is a city surrounded by some of Australia's leading wine regions - all within a day's drive - and is regarded as the micro brewing capital of Australia.
It seems obvious now that all the ingredients for a modern Australian whisky were close by. But in 2007, when he first started, the idea of an approachable, affordable Australian whisky, served neat or as a cocktail with food, was a big leap of faith. While Australia had a well-established small-scale, ultra premium whisky scene, David pioneered an affordable, approachable and distinctly Australian whisky.
The result is STARWARD. A modern, whisky, elementally matured for three 'Melbourne Years' in Australian wine barrels, that pushes the boundaries of what whisky can be.
Nova is a single malt whisky matured in Australian 'big red' wine barrels (Shiraz, Cabarnet and Pinot) and aged for three Melbourne years, this represents the best of the country's unique climate, terroir and raw materials.
The locally sourced, uncharred, red wine barrels not only give Nova its vibrant, red ochre colour but also retain the wine tannins which creates a light and uniquely fruity taste, with a long, spicy finish.
Awarded Best Craft Whisky in the world, this combination of flavours and wine tannins create a characteristic single malt whisky that reflects the place of where it's been made. A delicious whisky for sharing and mixing, not only for special occasions.
Nova has won a trio of awards; Best Craft Whisky in the world in 2016, Best Australian Single Malt 2016, and best Craft Distiller Whisky 2016 in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
STARWARD's Two-Fold is a double grain whisky matured in Australian red wine barrels. It represents a landmark achievement for modern Australian whisky, which brings together two quintessential grains; wheat and malted barley.
Fully matured in local wine barrels, STARWARD has created a distinctly approachable, well rounded whisky. Try topping Two Fold with Ginger Ale for the perfect highball with food, or one of the distillery's favourites is the Orchard Spritz:
Two-Fold won Best Australian Whisky at the World Whisky Awards 2019.
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