Melbourne is famous for its insane weather, where all four seasons present themselves in one day like it’s a demo. But while such changes may be obnoxious to people, they’re perfect for maturing booze. David Vitale, Melbourne native, established the Starward Distillery in 2016. He sources his barley from the nearby farms, while the maturation casks come from vineyards in Victoria. Starward’s Whisky spends two years only in red wine casks, but the crazy climate accelerates the process in "Melbourne years." Their Spirits are unique and unmistakably Aussie.
Starward Nova Malt Whisky is a lush vision of Whisky can become. Australia, its hot climate and legendary red wines are carved in the DNA of this Spirit. The creators had carefully selected barrels that used to house locally made Shiraz, Cabernet and Pinot. They made sure the barrels weren't charred. That way they preserved both the character of wine and oak. The big idea behind this dram is honoring the tradition while not being trapped by it. Innovation and creativity enabled this red renegade to be as palatial as the big boys, despite its young age.