ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle 326. Pours a slightly hazy pale champagne yellow. The aroma is lightly fruity, with some sweetish apple notes mingling with champagne yeast and a slight leathery aroma. It has a fairly tart, bittersweet introduction, with lots of dry, leathery apple. This fades to a softer, slightly sweet body, full of crisp apple flavour. Oak and some tart apple skin notes come through in the finish, with a drying, oaky aftertaste lingering on. This cider seems to combine aspects of Norman methode champenoise ciders with those of full-on scrumpy. It has the tart, bittersweet flavour of a scrumpy, but the lighter body and feel of a Norman cider. There are more complex ciders out there, but this by no means lacks interest, and is certainly a pleasant change from the sweet, table apple ciders churned by most Australian producers.