Skyborry Bronwen Cider 2020 (750ml)

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Knighton, Powys, Wales
Dabinett, Browns, Stoke Red, Kingston Black, Harry Masters Jersey & Michelin
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Delicious Welsh medium-dry cider, fermented in the bottle just like a sparkling wine. Named after Adam's daughter, this is a mixed varietal blend from the organic Hawkswood Farm orchard (the fruit has gone into to Rural Method and Pommage in the last few vintages). This is very lightly sparkling, very rounded with soft tannins and chalky fruit, wonderfully refreshing and, at 6% abv, a perfect aperitif. Bottled in August 2021. This time around, to mark this being the brothers' 10th vintage, they've gone seriously classy on the labels.

Adam and Dani make Cider, Perry and a bit of apple juice in a small shed  nestled in the side of the Teme Valley a mile upstream from Knighton, Powys. The fruit from this year was all hand harvested mainly from an orchard in between Hay on Wye and Bredwardine, Herefordshire. Trees are around 60-80 years old and a few different varieties that they had not pressed before. The orchard is in good condition having spent the last 20 years managed organically for Dunkertons. Once milled they let the pommace stand to macerate in open top containers for 24-48 hours before pressing, then the wild yeasts do the fermenting. They rack the cider off its lees throughout the winter months, slowing the fermentation down enough so that when it is bottled it ferments a little to condition the cider but stops leaving sugars present. No additions fining or filtering and disgorged by hand.