Starward NOVA is uniquely Australian and a world first, crafted exclusively with local wine barrels for maturation. Every glass has the very best of Australia in it; our ingredients, our climate and our innovative attitude.
Produced using bespoke 100% malted Australian barley.
Australian shiraz cask maturation individually selected and re-coopered to take advantage of the highly variable Melbourne climate. Each bottle has a unique code enabling ultimate traceability and exclusivity
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Rich burnt ochre colour. Balanced aromas of raisins, bananas and a touch of balsamic lead to clove, toffee and nougat. The pallet is filled with red berries, hints of cinnamon and a variety of savoury and spice driven notes. A long, dry and tannic finish guides a strong linear reach through the palate, balancing a generous roundness and oiliness of the spirit.
David Vitale, our founder, started off with a simple vision; create a uniquely Australian whisky we can offer the world with pride. Born and bred in Melbourne, he was inspired to create a spirit that reflects his home town – from its culture to it’s famed ‘four seasons in a day’ temperature swings. It is a city surrounded by some of Australia’s leading wine regions – all within a day’s drive – and is regarded as the microbrewing capital of Australia.
It seems obvious now that all the ingredients for a modern Australian whisky were close by. But, in 2007, when he first started, the idea of an approachable, affordable Australian whisky – served neat or as a cocktail with food – was a big leap of faith. While Australia had a well-established small-scale ultra-premium whisky scene, David pioneered an affordable, approachable and distinctly Australian whisky.
The result is STARWARD. A modern Australian whisky, elementally matured for three “Melbourne years” in Australian wine barrels, that pushes the boundaries of what whisky can be.