Paul Ross, The Newt’s cydermaker, spent time learning his craft in Austria. Although relatively unknown region in the UK, winemakers there appreciate crisp, delicate white wine-making, which requires a deft touch to produce in order to maintain aromatics, balance and subtlety. So it is with cyders, and Paul reflects this careful and skilled sense of making.
Perry production is a particular art, with pears being an awkward production medium. And yet the results can be stunning, like this Limited Release from The Newt.
Still rivers run deep, and so it is with this perry. Complex, yet light, with wonderful notes of sage in the aroma and blackcurrants in the taste that come from the pear varietals used: Thorn, Winnal’s Longdon, Plant de Blanc and Champagner Bratbirne.
It looks light and fragile, yet this belies its power with its delicate fruit and savoury umami-like flavours which extend long, leaving the palate wanting another sip.