Cape Town - When you think of Buitenverwachting you no doubt think of wine, or the fabulous restaurant which has just been inducted into TripAdvisor’s hall of fame, or even the Coffee Bloc deli. Until now, you wouldn’t have thought of gin.
After a year and a half spent perfecting the gin, managing director of the farm Lars Maack launched it at the Constantia Fresh festival earlier this year, and the initial run of 2 000 bottles was snapped up in a matter of days.
We had breakfast last week – with gin and tonic – so I could find out more about the gin, which is one of only two made in South Africa.
Why gin? “First of all I like gin, and my wife drinks so much gin it is worth our while to make our own,” joked Maack, who has several years experience of distilling various fruits, and is still happily married. “What makes gin different from fruit is that fruit is quite simple. With our gin we use just under 30 botanicals, some of which only become apparent at different alcohol levels.”
There followed a fairly detailed scientific explanation for this, and the lengthy process of achieving the perfect gin, but I think what is important is that the end result is a beautiful, soft, aromatic spirit in which I picked up a predominantly rosemary note. How can you not love a drink that is made with lavender and orange blossom? Other botanicals include lemon and coriander, so both go well with the gin in the glass.