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2018 DARLING CREEK

pétillant naturel semi-dry cider
$18 | 750 ml

A ripe, sweet nose with red cherry, persimmon and vanilla cake offers up a juicy, generous mid-palate. The firm, suede finish goes on forever with toffee bar, nut skin and buttered pastry.

Serving Suggestion:

Cured pork salami like Sopressata or Finocchiona or sour dough toast with cultured butter.

The Story of Darling Creek 2018

Each growing season has a story to tell and the story of 2018  was one of water and clouds. From the almost maritime weather, emerged ciders with some of the most delicate and lovely aromas we have ever made.

We decided to take a softer approach with this softer Darling Creek. Instead of following the traditional method, we bottled it before primary fermentation had finished, pét-nat style. The flavor dense apples grown in our organically-farmed orchard have very little nitrogen which resulted in a very slow, sluggish fermentation that produced tiny, creamy bubbles and left residual sugar at disgorging.

With a significant amount of bittersweet Somerset Redstreak and bittersharp Krys, this generous cider is backed by juicy acidity and abundant tannin which gives it solid structure and a lingering finish.

 

Autumn Stoscheck Cider Maker/ Orchardist

Darling Creek 2018 Back
2014 northern spy front copy

Apple Varieties:

  • 37% Bittersweets: Somerset Redstreak, Medaille d'Or
  • 40% Bittersharps: Virginia Crab, Krys
  • 33% Sharp and Aromatics: Akane, Reinette Zabergau, Bramley's Sedling, Cox Orange Pippin

Production Notes:

  • 100% of fruit estate grown
  • Partial primary fermentation in stainless steel finished in bottle followed by hand disgorging.
  • 215 cases bottled

Numbers:

  • Residual Sugar 19.8g/l (1.98%)
  • Alc/Vol 6%
  • pH 3.52
  • Titratable Acidity 6.7g/l