The Wimbledon Case
This month’s selection is a mixture of established producers and new kids on the block – much like the players at the famous championships. And much like their tennis playing counterparts they each have their own unique approach to deliver their signature cider!
Apple County ‘Dabinett’ (6.5%) Monmouthshire
Ben Culpin is an established player on the circuit and this has always been one of our favourite ciders – so we were amazed when we realised that we’d never featured it in our subscription case! It’s a single-varietal made from the Dabinett apple and is made just over the border in South Wales. A strong start from the established producers. 15 - Love.
Broadway Press ‘Original Ice Cyder’ (5.2%) Worcestershire
Michael Burford invented a new way to make cider and has been making his way up through the rankings with some great results. He freezes the apples to break down the cells and this produces an extremely fruity flavour. The resulting ‘Ice Cyder’ is made from dessert apple varieties so is low in tannins but rich in aromatic compounds and is very smooth. 15 - All.
Cotswold ‘Prime Cider’ (4.6%) Oxfordshire
Rory Souter is an established producer but has developed a new cider which is making a strong showing at this year’s tournament. He describes it as a stylish easy drinker with “a fine bite to the mouth, layers of rich baked apple and soft spice on the palate.” 30 – 15.
Hungerford Park ‘Crushing on Apples’ (4.5%) Somerset
Another new producer, Marc Salter is a passionate advocate of minimal intervention. Traditional cider apple varieties are grown without using any pesticides or fungicides and naturally occurring wild yeasts are incorporated to produce a slow and flavourful natural fermentation, creating a true expression of both the terroir and the apples used. 30 – All.
Lawrence’s ‘Original Premium’ (6%) Somerset
John Lawrence is a perennial favourite and we’ve featured his cider before but it’s always popular with the crowd. One of its key strengths is that it doesn’t try to do anything too clever but is always reliable. It’s a blended medium, made from a variety of apples, and manages to achieve the perfect combination of sweetness, acidity and tannin. 40 – 30.
Luke’s ‘Original Sin’ (5.5%) Somerset
Luke McCoy is another new producer that’s hotly tipped to achieve great things. He has a modern approach to cider-making and is already getting some good results. A lot of people have tried to produce craft cider in cans – with varying degrees of success. This young player has managed the seemingly impossible to make a proper cider in a great looking can.
So the final score is DEUCE – or should that be JUICE?
Either way, it’s another great win for cider!