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Inverroche is an independent distillery which lies on the Southern shores of Africa. Precisely at the confluence of the Goukou River and the Indian Ocean near the coastal resort of Stillbay. You will find lots of natural beauty in this region with rolling hills on pristine limestone, mountain fynbos, due thicket and Renostervald and surrounded with rugged mountains indigenous forests.
Inverroche is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fynbos. Ancient Milkwood trees mark the boundaries of the estate. Old limestone buildings are home to the Inverroche Distillery and its range of iconic spirits. To form the name of the distillery, French and Celtic words were combined to define the extraordinary interaction which takes place between the water and limestone of the region.
The gin collection
Inverroche produces a trilogy of authentic South African gins, handcrafted in small batches in their bespoke copper pot still, Magnanimous Meg. Each bottle is a limited edition, consistent in quality, original and unique. The confluence of traditional and Cape fynbos botanicals gives the gins their unprecedented flavour and colour.
At Inverroche spirits are crafted with care in small batches and distilled by Meg, the custom made, wood fired, copper pot still. Meg is a proportioned 1000-liter alembic with a long slender neck and mushroom shaped helm. Meg was specially designed for Inverroche distillery by a family of copper smiths from Stellenbosch who designed Meg with versatility in mind. She can be adapted to gently percolate spirit vapors through her unique two-tiered gin-basket.
The tranquil and ancient landscape where Inverroche is placed, is steeped in history. This is where man survived the last ice age, and this is where modem man emerged. It is told that man’s survival as a species as well as his transition from hunter gatherer to sentient, thinking man is largely due to the amply supple of shellfish and unique flora such as the geophytes of the fynbos – available to the man along the south coast of Africa.
The distillery production facility is a limestone building which is insulated and cooled with natural ventilation to eliminate the need for air-conditioning. The maturation cellar is also underground in a large limestone cavern, which is a naturally cool and humid and the ideal environment to age the precious spirits.
Water and waste
The water used at Inverroche distillery is extracted from subterranean limestone aquifers, which lie beneath the vines and olive groves surrounding the estate. Water is a precious commodity and scare resource in the region. Therefore, rainwater is also harvested at Inverroche through an intricate water harvesting system which connects the expansive roof surfaces from every building on the estate.
The waste is bacterially fermented or composted and used to enrich the soils at Inverroche. The Vinasse is what is left over in the pot still after the distillation process. Inverroche has developed a recipe whereby the setback is used to replace water in a concrete mix from which cobbles are cast.
Inverroche is an independent distillery which lies on the Southern shores of Africa. Precisely at the confluence of the Goukou River and the Indian Ocean near the coastal resort of Stillbay. You will find lots of natural beauty in this region with rolling hills on pristine limestone, mountain fynbos, due thicket and Renostervald and surrounded with rugged mountains indigenous forests.www.inverroche.co.za Read more