Thursday, February 24, 2011
Henry Westons Cider
The increasing interest in cider in Australia over the past couple of years has seen many new entrants into the market, both local and imported, but we have a lot of drinking in front of us to challenge England, the lions of both cider production and consumption worldwide.
Perhaps one of the reasons cider has never really taken off here before is that the big mass producers weren't as interested in the real character of cider, which is traditionally made with particular varieties of apples that give taste and structure to the drink, apples which aren't particularly good for eating as they tend to be quite tannic.
There were some smaller boutique producers, Henry of Harcourt and Kellybrook Winery come to mind, who make first rate ciders, but it wasn't until overseas producers saw an opportunity to introduce well made cider from proper cider apples that anyone here took notice.
One of the recent arrivals from England is certainly worth a look, not just for its higher alcohol level (8.2%), but its distinct apple character that would definitely appeal to pinot noir drinkers who admire that funky earthy character particular to some of the great bottles.
Henry Westons Cider is no shrinking violet and could be confronting to someone used to the more delicate commercial brands. They also make a point of declaring the vintage right on the bottle.
If you're a fan of big flavours, this cider could suit you to a tee, especially as the weather cools.