Fine ciders on the way!

Fine cider
Our new 75cl special, wild-fermented ciders

The term fine cider can be pretty divisive in craft cider land, but it tends to be used for ciders that are similar to our new, limited edition ciders. Therefore we are giving the fine cider term a whirl here; apologies if it offends! Another good name for them is natural ciders.

We have three, 2020 vintage, special ciders, hitherto known as “the experiments” which we have just released. All are in 75cl bottles, so wine bottle sized, and they are naturally fermented using only the wild yeasts.

They are naturally sparkling, pétillant naturel (pét nat), another fancy term, also known as the ancestral method. This is where the cider is bottled before fermentation has completed and so fermentation continues in the bottle, trapping the carbon dioxide that is produced naturally. This carbon dioxide gives the cider a fine, natural fizziness. And who doesn’t love a bit of natural sparkle?

All three of our fine ciders are pét nat, and one of them is also keeved. Keeving is a fairly complex, traditional method of producing a naturally sweet cider. However no sugar or artificial sweetener is involved, so that’s just marvellous.

The three new ciders are all unpasteurised, unfiltered and have no added sulphite. They are made using 100% handpicked, unsprayed apples that we picked and pressed ourselves. We also did the bottling, designed the labels and stuck the labels on the bottles. You can’t get more artisanal and hand-produced cider than this!

Below is a short summary of the individual ciders. Full details are on Our Ciders now.

Bramley & Chisel Jersey co-ferment 2020 pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Bramley and Chisel Jersey apples that were co-fermented. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat), dry cider. Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 7% abv.
Refreshing acidity, a beautiful colour and fine bubbles. Paul’s new favourite cider.

Kingston Black single variety 2020 pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Kingston Black apples. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat), dry cider. Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 7.4% abv.
Delicate citrus notes with moderate tannins and fine bubbles.

Michelin single variety 2020 keeved, pét nat 75cl

Made from 100% handpicked, unsprayed Michelin apples. Bottle fermented with the natural yeasts, naturally sparkling (pét nat) and keeved to produce a naturally medium-sweet cider (no sugar or sweetener added). Unpasteurised and unfiltered. 5.2% abv.
Subtly sweet with hints of mandarin orange and with fine bubbles.

Availability

We have very limited quantities of these fine ciders and they will only be available from a small number of stockists. Full details will appear on Where to buy soon.

Cider Reviews

When we have a bit of spare time, in between making cider and working on our other jobs, we like to read a few reviews of our cider. It’s so fascinating to find out the aromas and flavours that different people pick up on.

Quite by accident, we happened upon this fabulous video review of our 2019 vintage, single variety 100% Kingston Black still cider. It’s by Chris at Cork & Crown in London, who is clearly extremely knowledgeable and is also a great orator. His videos are so watchable.

The only trouble with watching Chris’s reviews is that once you’ve watched one, it’s far too easy to keep on watching “just one more”. And then you suddenly realise that two or three hours have gone by. But it is time very well time spent in order to further one’s education about real craft cider!

If you prefer to read reviews, the Good Cider Guide website recently reviewed our three ciders from the 2019 harvest. You can find their reviews via the following links:

Milo’s Magic cider review

Whiskey Barrel Aged cider review

Kingston Black cider review

Considering 2019 was the first year that we made cider in ernest, with a view to actually selling some, we are pretty chuffed with these reviews.

Cider and daffodils

Remember that all of our ciders are made from 100% freshly pressed apples that we picked ourselves. We press the apples here on our farm in our small cidery. There is no industrial processing involved, no apple concentrate, no nasty additives, and no sugar or artificial sweeteners added.