Shene gets world-wide platinum sheen for its gin

SHENE Estate at Pontville has plenty of reason to celebrate even during these COVID-19 times after receiving an international platinum award for its gin for the second year in succession – the only gin distillery in the world to achieve this huge accolade.

The Kernke family has owned Shene Estate at Pontville  – which was once the ostentatious country residence of early colonialist Gamaliel Butler – since 2008. Shene’s rich history has direct links with King George III, Governor Lachlan Macquarie and World Heritage Sites.

Anne and distiller David with daughter Myfanwy Kernke with baby George. Photo courtesy of Chris Kidd, the Mercury newspaper.
Anne and distiller David with daughter Myfanwy Kernke with baby George. Photo courtesy of Chris Kidd, the Mercury newspaper.

The Kernke family –  David, wife Anne and daughter Myfanwy – began the challenge of conserving the historic Shene Estate and determined to produce the spirit of Shene.

David began distilling when the Shene Distillery was established in 2014 and then released its first gin in 2015.

Made with Tasmanian pepperberries, lemon myrtle and macadamias, Poltergeist Gin Unfiltered was awarded a double gold medal at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 San Francisco International Spirits Competition, as well as a platinum in 2019

It was the only Australian spirit to achieve platinum status at that competition, which is overseen by more than 50 judges doing blind tastings and which generally has more than 3000 products entered each year. Indeed the gin has won double gold for the past four years. To be eligible for platinum, a gin has to achieve three double golds, so in fact, the family has gone one better. Following the 2020 competition, Poltergeist Unfiltered is the world’s first gin to win a platinum award two years running.

Myfanwy Kernke said the family was over the moon with the award.

“We are the only gin in the world to receive the platinum in consecutive years and that’s in amongst some thousands of gins worldwide so you can imagine our delight and pride,” Myfanwy said.

David is head distiller and he says the win has really lifted the spirits of Team Shene.

Myfanwy said the impact of the pandemic had been difficult for the business, with its roadside stall closed and all tours, functions and events cancelled, but the family was still distilling and dispatching its beloved tipples in the post.

“We are looking at all sorts of ways to be able to serve our clientele with a range of ideas including a drive-through so that people can pick up their gin and even picnic on the property, socially distanced of course.

In the meantime, we are absolutely delighted by our win and can’t wait to open once again to our valued clientele.

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