Salcombe Gin Launches Mediterranean Inspired Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ For Summer 2019

Adventurous and luxurious Salcombe Gin, which embraces life on and around the water, is releasing ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’, a new Mediterranean inspired gin. Available from early July, this exceptional dry rosé gin is being positioned alongside its flagship multi award-winning London Dry Gin ‘Start Point’.

Named after the iconic ‘Sainte Marie’ lighthouse which marks the Southern entrance to the Old Port of Marseille, from where 19th century Salcombe Fruit Schooners would load citrus fruits and herbs bound for England’s ports. ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ is inspired by the aromas, flavours and lifestyle of the South of France and is a celebration of adventure, colour, freshness and joy; capturing the vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean coast.

Angus Lugsdin, co-founder of Salcombe Distilling Co, comments: “We’re extremely excited to launch this exceptional gin, our second commercial release, exactly three years after the launch of ‘Start Point’. With so many overly sweet and synthetically coloured gins in the market, we set out to elevate the category by creating a dry pink gin with no added sugar, a nod to the crisp and dry rosé wines from Provence. The recipe draws inspiration from the heritage and trading routes of the Salcombe Fruit Schooners and the citrus fruits and herbs they carried back to England.

Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ is a delicate, fresh and truly exquisite gin, reminiscent of a balmy summer’s evening sat outside on the terrace of your favourite restaurant, watching the world go by. Fragrant notes of fresh lemon peel and Provence herbs are complemented by the natural sweetness of red fruit and the distinctive perfume of white flowers and orange blossom carried on a sea breeze. Lavender and lemon verbena, along with a hint of white pepper, add subtle finesse. On the palate it has fullness and intensity whilst remaining smooth with an endearing and lingering softness to finish.

Traditional juniper provides structure in the background partnered with a natural, but not overpowering, soft sweetness from strawberries and angelica. Twelve further hand sourced botanicals including lemon verbena, fresh lemon and orange peels, rose petals, orange blossom and pink peppercorns are combined to create a truly exceptional gin that is elegantly soft and smooth.

‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ can be enjoyed from the beginning to the end of a meal, as an aperitif or a digestif, on the beach or beside the pool, but always when you need a little Mediterranean sunshine in your life.

It is purposefully dry in style, with no added sugar, letting the consumer control their desired level of sweetness of their G&T through their selection of mixer and garnish. For the ultimate pink G&T using Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’, simply fill a large wine glass with ice and add a large measure of gin to three parts premium Indian tonic water. Garnish with a slice of strawberry to accentuate the bouquet of red fruit or a twist of fresh lemon peel to bring the fragrant citrus to the fore.

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Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ (41.4% ABV) is priced at £40 per 70cl bottle and is available from early July online at salcombegin.com, from the Salcombe Gin Distillery and at selected independent retailers nationwide. 

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