Llanblethian’ La Petite Grange du Cidre was the overall trophy at the IWSC 2021 awards for wines from apples, pears and other fruits!
Made as a ‘keeved’ cider in the French style from late ripening varieties Ashton Brown Jersey, Black Tom Put, Bramley, Dabinett, Golden Knob, Sweet Copin & Yarlington Mill.
Llanblethian’s product quality philosophy is all about honesty and transparency: use only 100% fresh fruit, so as to retain all the delicate apple flavour compounds, never use ‘fruit’ concentrate (often stuffed full of preservatives to prolong shelf life), never add water to ‘fiddle’ the ABV, nor use fruit flavours (often chemical-laden). In fact all Llanblethian Orchards ciders and perries have full ingredient labelling, including juice content.
Traditional keeved cider made with a blend of vintage cider apple varieties and a small quantity eating apples to add fruitiness. The natural keeving process gives a depth of colour which is a wonderful bronze gold.
Whilst some may describe it as sweet, it’s perhaps more medium than sweet – and utterly delicious for all that – its sweet flavour is balanced with tannic body where the Yarlington Mill shines through: honeyed sweetness comes from the Golden Knob and the fresh apple sharpness from the Bramleys.
A wine which can pair with both savoury and sweet. Delicious with a home-made sausage roll and brilliant with pâté. La Grange will transform simple roast corn-fed chicken – especially using a splash in the gravy – into a wonderful dining experience. Perfect for a picnic or a Ploughman’s Lunch. Also great with Welsh lamb or roast duck and can also be paired with cheesecake for dessert.