Margaret River Rainwater
Margaret River is in the southwestern corner of Australia and therefore collects some of the cleanest rainwater in the world. The rains that fall here have crossed thousands of miles of ocean prior to making landfall in Margaret River.
After we have collected the rainwater we triple filter it to remove any trace of impurities before using it for distillation and blending to make our gins.
Over 50% of the botanicals used in The West Winds Gins are indigenous or Australian, including lemon myrtle, cinnamon myrtle, bush tomato, wattle seed, fresh lemon peel, fresh lime peel and fresh coriander.
- Wattles, with their diversity of species and forms, cover the length and breadth of the Australian continent. Although not all Wattles are suitable for human consumption, they have been a mainstay in the diet of Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.
- Part of the tomato family, there are over 100 species of Solanums (Bush Tomatoes) in Australia. However, only six are known to be edible. In the red, sandy deserts in central Australia the plants grow quickly after summer rains, mainly from dormant root stock which can last for many years between favourable seasons.
- Lemon Myrtle is one of the most popular of Australia’s native herbs, with its fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime. It complements many culinary delights, from fish and chicken to ice cream or sorbet.
- Cinnamon Myrtle leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavour , and can be used as a spice in savoury recipes, deserts, confectionary and herbal teas. It can also be used in biscuits, sweets and slices – anywhere cinnamon is used.
Our lemons and limes are sourced from farms in Gingin, Western Australia.
We take great care to ensure the quality and consistency of our raw ingredients but, due to a degree of seasonality, there are sometimes minor differences in the flavours of our gins.
Because we choose not to chill filter our gins, our gins may very occasionally experience some cloudiness. This cloudiness is a naturally occurring phenomenon due to the amount of fresh citrus we use and the high intensity of flavours that we aim for in our gins. In the rare event that you experience some cloudiness in your bottle of West Winds Gin you can still be sure that the taste will be as fantastic as ever, if not even better.