• Nova - Starward Whisky


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A delicious whisky deviant.

Exceptional length thanks to the red wine barrels. Bright aromatic notes of red berries, orchard fruits, vanilla, caramel and soft oak spice. Smooth and complex when sipped neat. Shines in classic cocktails. Works exceptionally well with food.

Nova borrows from tradition but breaks away from it too.

Nova is matured exclusively in red wine barrels from wineries making great Australian shiraz, cabernets and pinot noirs. This whisky reflects Melbourne in every sip. From the vibrant foodie scene to the wild weather to the world-class, cool climate wine.

Tasting notes

Nose / Like we took bright flavours of red berries and orchard fruit and coated them in soft oak spice.

Palate / Imagine a rich red berry pudding covered in vanilla, caramel and spice.

Finish / Balanced and long. The sweetness fades and the delicious flavour goes on.

It all starts with our new-make spirit.

All Nova’s carefully sourced ingredients come from just a day’s drive away.

We double distil our single malt whisky using Australian malted barley. Borrowing from the craft brewing scene, we ferment our barley with brewers’ yeast for an extra bold flavour. Then we installed custom water jackets on our giant copper stills to better control the distillation. It's tricks like this that mean we can pick the fruity characters we like and keep each batch consistent.

Then come the barrels.

We go local.

We source barrels from wineries in the nearby Yarra Valley and Barossa Valley so they keep their fresh red wine flavour profile. Then, they’re lightly charred or steamed. Often, the barrels are still wet with wine when we fill them.

For us, it's all about the flavour. As we fill our barrels at a lower alcohol proof than other single malts, our whisky takes in all the more red wine fruit characters and tannins.

Next comes climiate

A far cry from the sunny Australian stereotype, Melbourne is famed for experiencing ‘four seasons in a day’. Bad news for beachgoers, good news for whisky. Fluctuating weather makes Nova work hard in the barrel, extracting maximum flavour from the wood in just a short time. We call this elemental maturation.

And it’s why we couldn’t make Nova anywhere else.

Nova Cocktails

From simple to taste explosions, a new favourite cocktail awaits.