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The Australian wine region of the Barossa is famed for producing some of the new world’s best quality shiraz. New World Projects have jumped on this and produced an exceptional whisky matured between 2 and 2.5 years in nothing but ex-first use Barossa shiraz barrels. What has this done for the Starward Wine Cask Edition 1. The answer is that it’s made it fantastic! Tawny in colour, the Starward Wine Cask Edition 1 is bottled at 41% alcohol, so it’s not harsh on the nose or palate. The nose itself is gorgeous, with sherry stewed sultanas, banana, brown sugar, caramelised apple and a hint of rubber (it doesn’t sound nice but it actually works). On the palatethose tropical fruit sensations continue and the banana even evolves into an almost banana bread flavour.
Starward NOVA is uniquely Australian, crafted exclusively with local wine barrels for maturation resulting in a Whisky with balanced aromas of raisins, bananas and a touch of balsamic lead to clove, toffee and nougat. The palate is filled with red berries, hints of cinnamon and a variety of savoury and spice driven notes. A long, dry and tannic finish guides a strong linear reach through the palate, balancing a generous roundness and oiliness of the spirit.