The Australian whisky brand Starward has officially launched in the U.S.
The first expression available in the U.S. is Starward Nova, an Australian single malt whisky matured in Australian red wine barrels.
Nova draws influence from the “big red” wines from southeastern Australia, the company says. The distillery team sources barrels from local wineries that previously held shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. This lends a red ochre color to the final liquid.
The full maturation in red wine barrels creates a light and fruity whisky with a long and spicy finish, similar to some of the country’s wines, the company says. The nose includes red berries, orchard fruits and soft oak spice. On the palate are vanilla and berries balanced with caramel and spice. The finish is fruity and slightly tart with hints of baking spices.
David Vitale founded the distillery in 2007 in his hometown of Melbourne, after working as business manager of a Tasmanian distillery for several years.
The suggested retail price is $55 per 750-ml. bottle.