Introducing Ovant to the UK
HAND-CRAFTED ALCOHOL-FREE DISTLLATIONS FROM MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Bringing the Art of Winemaking to the Science of Distilling
This Spring sees the UK launch of OVANT, hand-crafted alcohol-free distillations, batch made in Margaret River, Western Australia. Bringing the art of winemaking to the science of distilling, Ovant offers three of the finest distillations for drinkers, non-drinkers and those who just want to drink less. Founded by aficionados from the wine world, Ovant delivers shared experiences that go beyond drinking.
Inspired by his home among the world-famous vineyards of Margaret River, co-founder Tom Streitberg sought out new ways to live a cleaner and balanced life whilst still enjoying the pleasures and rituals of sharing a drink with friends. Tom expanded this idea with close friend Christopher Bothwell, then Head Sommelier of the iconic three Michelin starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in London. Together they began to explore ways to elevate a non-alcoholic drinking experience to the next level.
Each distillation pays homage to the beauty and nature of Margaret River, a place where 80% of the plants are found nowhere else in the world, capturing the magic and spirit of the land in every bottle. Tom and Christopher combined forces with passionate winemaker and Margaret River resident Elizabeth Reed, to help refine the tasting process – developing the elegant flavour and aroma profiles that bring Ovant to life. Grounded in the art of the winemaking process and informed by the science of distillation, Chris, Tom and Elizabeth used their combined knowledge to trial hundreds of botanical blends and combinations to create Ovant’s range of non-alcoholic distillations. The result is a collection of three elegant flavour profiles – Grace, Verve and Royal.
The first in the collection, Grace, exudes an easy familiarity when paired with tonic for a refreshingly bitter perfect serve. Floral notes of ginger root and dried orange give a vibrant spicy quality balanced by a pleasing citrus freshness. Grace can be transformed into a range of truly wonderful non-alcoholic cocktails through different serves, evoking memories of classic gin botanicals.
The second in the collection is Verve, a thoroughly modern aperitif with intense and uplifting aromas of lemon myrtle and white pepper followed by herbal characteristics with distinctly spicy notes. Verve is a finely considered distillation which can be mixed with soda or tonic or elevated into an extraordinary long drink.
The final distillation is Royal, taking inspiration from traditional dark spirits with a considered blend of sweet and smoky botanicals. Cinnamon and star anise are elevated on a foundation of ripe elderberry providing charm and brightness. Royal can be enjoyed neat but also comes to life when combined with ginger ale and garnished with citrus. Royal adds depth and a deeply rewarding complexity to cocktails.
“With OVANT we have no predetermined parameters. We have full autonomy to create exactly what we want. It’s an amalgam of emotion, intuition, and experience. It enlivens your taste, invigorates your spirit and encourages you to connect with people and create new memories,” says Christopher.
Tom adds “every distillation we make is inspired by the truly amazing place we come from. The contrast and the harmony. The grandeur and the intimacy. We want to capture that magic in every bottle of Ovant we make.”
Ovant Grace, Verve and Royal distillations are priced at £26.95
Available to purchase via OVANT.COM