Sweetness: S.G. 1.006 Off dry, fruit forward but not a sweet drinker
Alcohol Percentage: 8%
Bottle Volume: 750ml
Aroma & Flavor
Aromatically blueberry, round fruit with perfumed vaporous heat. In flavor profile the cider pierces with the acidity of both apple and blueberry, but chewy and balanced against the bitterness of Hughes Virginia Crab apples. The barrel notes of toast and woody astringency play off the soft blueberry as it rolls through your mouth. Fruity, but not cloying.
The two components (blueberry and apple) ferment in tandem but apart. Finnriver home farm beloved organic blueberries are mashed and fermented slowly in batches as the harvest rolls in through August. The Hewes Virginia Crab (HVC) apples and the Williams Pride are our earliest harvest from the orchard and together they create balance. HVC with enamel-ripping acidity and mouth puckering bitterness toned down and rounded by the aromatic and simply apple of the William’s Pride. Together they find peace in a neutral oak barrel (not a whiskey barrel, not a new barrel) to extract gentle, body-building tannins. The cider is 20% blueberry wine. At the end of the blending, we add 50 gallons of barrel-aged batch of Newtown Pippin cider. A fresh burst of young cider that brightened the whole batch.
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