Ditcheat Hill Single Orchard Selection, 2018

Company Name

Wilding Cider

Name of Maker

Sam and Beccy Leach

Name of Product

Ditcheat Hill Single Orchard Selection

Region

Somerset

Season (year fruit grown)

2018

Bottle Size

750ml

Alcohol level (% vol)

4.7%

Case Size

6

Bottle Type

Green champagne

Closure Type

29mm Crown Cap

Is it vegan?

Yes

Making

Varieties Used

41% Browns; 26% Harry Masters Jersey; 9.5% Sweet Coppin; 9% Ashton Brown Jersey; 8.5 % Red Jersey; 6% Yarlington Mill

About the Orchard

Very special orchard, long south facing parcel, sloping south, in places steeply. Trees are standards, 60 years old +. Soil is variable: heavy clay at the bottom of the hill, deep loam in the upper 2/3 of the orchard. Very well drained on the whole. Sugar levels from here are always better than elsewhere

Vintage Conditions & Harvest

2018 was very hot, lots of sun. Sugar levels were high, though crops were too. Fruit was harvested throughout the autumn as it ripened and blended as we went along. Yeast nutrient levels were low so we ended up with plenty of residual sugar in the bottle

Wild or Cultured Yeasts?

Wild yeasts

If cultured, more details:

N/A

Any sulphites?
(non naturally occurring)

No

Extra Details
(sulphites)

No

Filtered?

No

Pasteurised?

No

Fermented In

Stainless Steel

Barrel Type

N/A

Any Other Details

Racked three times in the winter, bottled in June. Fermented all together, though fermentation started before the last was pressed and it was assembled as we went through the season.

Style

Makers Aims/Intentions

To show off the best fruit of our best orchard. We originally thought it would end up dry but since it went so slow we racked in the winter to capture the natural sugars

Style

Naturally sweet, cold racked.

Extra Details (style)

Extremely minimal spritz

Sediment/Disgording

Very light dusting

On a Scale of Sweet - Dry

Sweet

Residual Sugar level (g/l)

45 g/l

PH level

  3.8

Titratable Acid level (g/l)

3.5

Tasting Notes

Main Taste Characteristics

Natural  sweetness, balanced with astringent tannins and  fresh acidity.  Aromas of citrus, orchard floor and  ripe apple

Scale of 1-5
(1=Delicate, 5=full bodied)

5

Food pairing  recommendations

Good with rich or spicy food, or apple based desserts

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