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LET’S CELEBRATE SUMMER ’22 – CASE No. 4


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Description

Templar’s Choice Vintage Brut 2016 

This cider has undergone in-bottle malolactic fermentation, a similar process to wine ageing in the bottle. Freshly pressed apple juice is keeved* on its own yeasts for a slow fermentation throughout the winter months and then bottled at the right degree of specific gravity for its dry taste style. The fermentation is controlled by keeving, a little racking, together with the quality of fruit to achieve a well controlled secondary fermentation in the bottle to provide a natural effervescence after 6-8 weeks.

There is very little deposit, so the clear cider is neither filtered or pasteurised and will keep for many years in the bottle.

*Keeving is an artisan cider-making technique used to create a natural cider without sweetening or pasteurisation. Wild yeasts, cool cellars and low nutrient orchards are all key elements in the process. Only 100% fresh pressed cider apples are used, no sugar, no water, and nothing else.

Welsh Mountain Prospect Pet Nat 2020

This is Welsh Mountain’s home orchard blend from the over 450 apple varieties grown in their museum orchard. This amazing collection of apples grown in the tough conditions at altitude of Welsh Mountain’s Prospect Orchard produce complex, rich flavours.  A young bottling, the naturally sparkling pétillant naturel (‘pet nat’) style complements the interest and fun inherent in this great blend.

“Cider still has a bad reputation… but there’s some good stuff out there – the best I’ve had is from Welsh Mountain Cider.” James Martin, Chef & Broadcaster

Berryland Apple and Cabernet Franc Co-Ferment 2020 

The skills of the winemaker are apparent in this interesting, vibrant-colour cider co-ferment that marries apple fruit with the Cabernet Franc grape. Made just once a year, like all Berryland products, from 100% juice without the use of any concentrates, this cider shows great balance and the lower alcohol that are hallmarks of the company’s products.

Once Upon A Tree Tidnor Wood Oak-Aged Still Cider 2018 

Made from a single vintage, this 100% fresh-pressed fruit, never-from-concentrate cider combines a field blend of bitter sweet apples grown at Tidnor Wood Orchard, part of the original National Collection of cider apples, with dessert apples from Once Upon A Tree’s Dragon Orchard.

Complex and aromatic, the style and presentation of this cider is designed to share with family, friends – and food!

Brännland Pernilla Perle 2017 

The 2017 Pernilla Perle differs from earlier years in that it is drier and has a higher profile of apple clarity with more outspoken tannins. 2017 was one of the hardest years for decades for apple growing  in Sweden with heavy frost and hail in the spring. As a result, the 2017 harvest has given our cider a rather more austere, yet elegant and more complex style compared to previous vintages. The balance between sugar, alcohol and fruit has been joined by a length that holds great promise for future development and ageing.

Blue Aurora Blueberry Ice Wine 

It takes 2 kilos of pure blueberries to make one 37.5cl bottle of Blue Aurora ice wine. The blueberries themselves are substrate-grown in buckets under polytunnels and then picked by hand between July and October.  Once picked, they’re frozen and then pressed hard from frozen. The press programme takes between 2 ½ to 3 days, releasing more juice as the berries start to defrost. The juice is then fermented in a stainless steel tank for around 4 weeks. After fermentation the wine is racked, filtered and bottled. 100% not-from-concentrate blueberry juice, Blue Aurora Blueberry Ice Wine is gluten free and vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes

Templar’s Choice Vintage Brut 2016

Made by the Normandy ‘méthode traditionelle’, this naturally sparkling 2016 vintage brut uses Domaine, Mettais, Bisquet & Raimbault cider apple varieties to produce a well-balanced all with genuine cider apple tannins to give it body, structure & depth.

Welsh Mountain Prospect Pet Nat 2020

This wild fermented pétillant naturel cider was bottled before the end of fermentation to leave the residual sugar to finish fermenting in the bottle, resulting in a light carbonation.

The blend of apples is lifted by the carbonic acid produced during fermentation, producing complex, rich flavours that are a true reflection of the cider’s ‘terroir’.

Berryland Apple and Cabernet Franc Co-Ferment 2020

Lightly sparkling with a colour of vibrant, effervescent purple red and a delightful nose that hints at fresh currants, the palate shows sweet fruit upfront, yet turns this round to finish dry.

Once Upon A Tree Tidnor Wood Oak-Aged Still Cider 2018

Aged on its own lees and new French oak for 9 months, this partial wild ferment & unfiltered cider is golden brown with a slight haze. Spice aromas on the nose of clove and vanilla combined with orange peel, honey and lychee. A rich mouth-filling still cider with soft creamy vanilla tannins, and buttery spiced toffee-apple fruit.  Bone dry, but ripe, soft and fruity leaving generous tannins to the finish.

Brännland Pernilla Perle 2017

Appearance: lightly sparkling, golden hue, crystal clarity. Nose: nectarine, pear, apple blossom, honey, vinous. Palate: pear, ripe apple, lychee, orange, almonds and white cherries. Light lingering structure, slightly grippy. Sweet attack with really juicy fruit flavours, nice acid profile on finish.

Blue Aurora Blueberry Ice Wine

Dark berries and red fruits nose with a delicate hint of candied violet and rose petal. The palate is velvety smooth and devilishly pure, with ripe berry notes reminiscent of kirsch or blueberry jam. A refreshing acidity lifts the sweet finish.

Food Pairing

Templar’s Choice Vintage Brut 2016

As well as starting any BBQ off in style, serve with a range of traditional venison, beef, game, pork and lamb dishes, also rich vegetarian meals.

Welsh Mountain Prospect Pet Nat 2020

Barbecued prawn or watermelon and haloumi skewers. Also excellent with vintage Cheddar.

Berryland Apple and Cabernet Franc Co-Ferment 2020

Chicken off the BBQ, dry-cure gammon steak or roast duck with a delicate orange glaze.

Once Upon A Tree Tidnor Wood Oak-Aged Still Cider 2018

Barbecued steak, lamb or pork.  Works well with smoky Baba Ghanoush or a Moussaka. Or be classic with roast pork with crackling. Even though this is not sweet, try pairing with Stilton, or other strong, salty blue cheese.

Brännland Pernilla Perle 2017

As well as summer fruits (and ice cream), and a whole range of other desserts, its off-dry character makes it well suited for a wide variety of gastronomic pairings: as an aperitif on its own, or together with Asian food, right through to heavy continental-style pork dishes.

Blue Aurora Blueberry Ice Wine

Serve lightly chilled. Pairs perfectly with cheese boards, or alongside a rich chocolate dessert, or enjoy added to sparkling wine as an aperitif, or simply on its own as a fantastic digestif.

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