I’ve just got back from a short break in New Zealand. While traveling around the South Island I tried to find a couple of hard to find ciders to write about. I drove through some very scenic parts. Tried some local mass market ciders and a couple of craft ciders. I managed to track down a couple of craft ciders and put them into my suitcase. The first one I managed to try was the Abel Méthode Cider.
Let me tell you a story about the 2013 Australian Champion Cider. Orange in New South Wales is where you will find the Small Acres estate. In 2013 they released The 2011 Cat’s Pajamas. A vintage cider only made in the good years. To tell you the full story we have to go all the way back to 2010
Rebello Wines are doing some interesting things in cider these days, they are introducing new ideas to the Australian market under the Cheeky Rascal label. They’ve done mulled cider kits and cider with fresh strawberries. But today I get to review Cheeky Rascals’ most premium cider, the Methode Traditionelle apple cider.
Turning our attention to a Brut(e) of a cider by Lobo Cider. The first time I reviewed a Lobo it was just a bit too sweet for me. Now I get to review Norman by Lobo, their “European” style bottle conditioned dry cider. If I can stop admiring the artwork on the bottle I might lift the cap.
There are many ways to make cider. I want to talk about the champagne method or as you may have heard me call it Methode Traditionelle Cider. But this French sounding technique was actually pioneered in England and what happened next changed the beverage world forever.
So lets talk about how it works then a little about the history of it.