Tasmania's Poltergeist Gin wins top international award for third time

Double Gold Medal's received for third year in a row

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Poltergeist Gin from Shene Estate Distillery in Tasmania

Poltergeist Gin from Shene Estate Distillery in Tasmania

Shene Estate in Southern Tasmania

 It’s a hat trick with this Tasmanian distillery in high spirits after taking out top international award for third year in a row.

Family owned and operated Shene Estate & Distillery (Shene) has become the first ever Tasmanian distillery to take out a third consecutive Double Gold Medal at the prized San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).

Renowned in the industry for its integrity and impartiality, the SFWSC has earned its place as one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The coveted Double Gold Medal is awarded to the very few entries that receive Gold Medal ratings by all members of the judging panel, described by SFWSC as “among the finest products in the world”.

Shene’s Poltergeist Gin – Unfiltered, which graces top-shelves at some of Australia’s finest establishments including Bennelong Restaurant at Sydney Opera House, Dan Hunter’s Brae restaurant in Victoria, and Hobart’s Mona, received top honours from a pool of more than 3,000 spirits worldwide.
Shene also received a Silver Medal for its Poltergeist Gin – A True Spirit.

Shene’s Head Distiller, David Kernke, said winning a Double Gold Medal for three consecutive years for Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin was a great honour.
“To receive a Gold Medal rating by all 48 members of the judging panel three years running is a win we share with the entire Team Shene, who pour their hearts and souls into creating a product they truly believe in,” David said.

“We are incredibly proud that our humble gin is taking the world by storm while remaining true to its craft roots.” “It’s business-as-usual for us, but you can count on an extra spring in our step at the roadside store each Sunday.”

The Kernke family became custodians of the iconic 19th century heritage Shene Estate in 2006 and began their conservation efforts in 2007 ahead of launching the distillery in 2014, which now proudly hosts four copper pot stills including one of Tasmania’s largest at 4,500 litre capacity.

Their Poltergeist products reflect the confluence of old and new, creating spirits infused with new flavours and experiences while preserving the essence of traditional distillation practices and drawing influence from the native environment.

“What makes Poltergeist truly special is that we can guarantee its craft and personal handling, from distilling to bottling, labelling and even selling in the simplicity of our roadside stall every Sunday,” David said.

“We have stayed true to Shene’s rich heritage, using only copper pot stills and mixing native botanicals like Tasmanian pepperberry with macadamias as a throwback to growing up in Queensland, plus international spices to create a big, bold and beautiful Gin.”

Through Poltergeist, David said the Kernke family was able to share Shene’s rich and colourful history while breathing new life into the iconic heritage buildings once again.

“We’re demonstrating how heritage can adapt for its survival,” David said.“While the property was previously recognised only for its architectural beauty, our craft spirits give this beautiful, majestic historical site a chance to have its own voice and future.”

Shene’s award-winning craft products are available to purchase online at www.shene.com.au.


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