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Golden Russet Cider 2014, Cuvée Yquelon, The Old Third ($21.00 at the winery)
Made from Golden Russet apples from an orchard near the winery. The fruit is hand picked and sorted. This being a traditional method sparkler, the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. Manually riddled and disgorged. Closed with a cork. 9.5% ABV.
Yeasty nose with some lime and chalk though, surprisingly, only a hint of apple. The effervescence is subdued to the eye, soft and fine in the mouth. Dry and winey, with wafting flavours of underripe pear and “guava” (quoting another taster), ground ginger notes, bright but smooth acidity and a faint tannic bitterness on the sustained finish. Tasting double-blind, several at the table thought this was a wine, not a cider, and it’s easy to see why. (Buy again? Definitely.)

MWG September 8, 2016, tasting: flight 1 of 6

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Written by carswell

October 19, 2016 at 13:51

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  1. This is so so so good. I’m holding dearly to the bottle I brought back from the winery and the people which will get to share it with me will be very good friends… 🙂

    Julien Marchand

    October 19, 2016 at 20:59

    • It was a revelation, Julien. Absolutely one of the best ciders it has been my pleasure to taste. That it comes from Prince Edward County seems almost too good to be true. In your shoes, I’d be tempted to keep the bottle for myself… 😉

      carswell

      October 20, 2016 at 10:52


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