There was old yarn about the pioneers pushing west. Their efforts were foiled by a dog sitting on their tuckerbox spoiling the food supplies. Borambola Wines also had dog who stood guard who met an untimely end and have chosen to name their cider, Tuckerbox Apple Cider, after this Jack Russel Terrior box. Borambola Wines are based between Gundagai and Wagga Wagga in the central southern region of New South Wales. The company started as a winery and while they do grow the grapes locally, the apples are sourced from Orange. And hey, we know Orange grows great apples so we are off to a good start.
Three Farms Cider is a very small batch cider from Tasmania. It is a collaboration between 3 farming families but the odd thing is, one farm grows oysters, the other is a vineyard and the last farm grows apples. Yet some how this partnership produces a cider.
This week there is a new cider hitting the shelves. Granite Belt Cider Co. is the latest to launch a new cider. Treehouse Cider is their debut release. What makes Granite Belt Cider Co. unique is the fact that it uses Australia’s most northerly commercially grown apples. So How does that affect the Taste?
Appleman Primo is new to the Australian Cider market. You probably haven’t seen the Appleman in any of the major retailers. But this cider by a wine maker is very well-traveled. Conceived in Bondi, made and grown in Batlow, some have been spotted in trendy South East Asia. It is such a globetrotter it has a postcard on the label.
Batlow Cider have a couple of tasty little ciders out at the moment. So recently, at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, I made a beeline over to the Batlow stand. Out of tap number 3 with a new cider. The Batlow OPA, for those of you playing along at home, it’s not just a terrible play on the IPA, the juggernaut sweeping across craft beer world. In fact, it stands for Oaked Pear & Apple. The guys gave a midi of the OPA. “Worthy of closer inspection”, I said.
Until today I thought that terrior could only come from the soil type, the annual rainfall, the things that make your orchard unique. Today my perception of Terrior changed, I realised it was more ethereal than what flavours the sunlight hours and soil provide. The extra element is the regionality and Young Henry’s Cloud Cider could be any Newtown if it tried
On what feels like Sydney’s wettest day in 2014, I find myself in a industrial unit, in the back streets of Newtown, where inside is just as wet. They guys were hard at work cleaning out the fermentation tanks ready for the next batch. I sat down with Owen from Young Henry’s to talk about making cider in Sydney’s Inner West.