Crafted with unique indigenous botanicals, this gin is proudly South African.

The amazing flora and fauna of South Africa’s coastal region. From the big five and other exotic wild animals to the maritime wildlife along the coast and the huge number of bird species, wildlife is ever present just outside of the larger cities. But nothing rivals the diversity of the local plant life. Flowers, succulents, bushes, and trees … the Cape Peninsula alone is home to more plant species than Great Britain as a whole.

It’s no secret, this part of the world is one of my favourite places. One that never runs out of new discoveries, new experiences, and new adventures thanks to this huge diversity and the many local initiatives to protect and preserve awesome environment.

It’s also no secret that the local culinary and wine scene, with its continued innovations is one of the major draws to me to return to the country time after time as well.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle

One of the most existing endeavours of the recent years is the growing local gin scene. Though gin has been made in the country for a long time, it’s those innovative new small batch distillers that are currently setting new benchmarks for existing gins globally.

Today, more than 300 gin brands are registered in South Africa – second only to the UK. And more and more are betting on the uniqueness of the country’s plant diversity, allowing them to play with new botanicals not to be found anywhere else in the world.

About Cape Fynbos Gin

Located in the beautiful Paarl Valley, Cape Fynbos Gin is the brainchild of Johan du Toit and Oliver Kirsten. The duo in 2010 founded the Grape Grinder Company with the firm intention to revolutionize the South African wine scene with innovation and design.

Various awards later, the company is Grape Grinder is a well introduced brand and distinguished by its bold and funky labels.  

They did not stop at wine, though.

The duo is also behind one of the most exiting gins made across the Western Cape.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle

There is no doubt either, Cape Fynbos Gin was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon crafting exciting gins based on local indigenous botanicals. And they do have a fantastic advantage, too.

Growing exclusively across South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape, fynbos is found nowhere else in the world.

The name comes from the Dutch fijnbosch, which means fine-leaved bush. It’s a family of low-growing plants thriving in the poor soils of the coastal plains and mountains.

Fynbos covers around 50% of an area known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, one (and by far the smallest)of just six Floral Kingdoms in the whole world, and it represents around 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdoms plant species.

So what exactly is the Cape Fynbos Gin?

Cape Fynbos Gin is blended stepwise with pure granite mountain spring water, and the final product is truly unique.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle

It’s based on juniper and 33 additional botanicals all sourced in South Africa and sustainably hand harvested. Though the full range of botanicals is not disclosed, the beautiful bottle and packaging reveals at least a few of them, including arctotis, leucospermum, ruschia, osteosperum, stebe, leucadendron, felicia, and sparaxis.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle

Don’t get too worried if you have never heard about these plants before. Neither have I, expect for erika which also grows over here. Nevertheless, the local erika is still different from the versions growing in South Africa’s Floral Kingdom.

That said, you will discover some very familiar aromas when tasting the Cape Fynbos Gin, along with underlying floral hints that you do not need to distinguish to love.

Tasting Notes: Cape Fynbos Gin

Despite the long list of otherwise unknown botanicals, the first impression on the nose are distinctive aromas of juniper and orange followed by hints of clove.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle

On the palate, it’s once again juniper, orange and clove that prevail, backed up by a wide potpourri of floral and herbal notes. Mild and slightly on the sweet side.

Final thoughts

If you love to drink your gin pure, then you have found a perfect match in the Cape Fynbos Gin. After all, it managed to convert even a gin tonic fanatic like the author to go all in pure.

That said, of course I also loved it all busted up to a refreshing gin tonic. Especially using organic dry tonics while tasting a few flavoured tonics did not fully win me over with this particular gin.

Cape Fynbos Gin: South Africa In A Bottle