A blend of traditional English and French cider apples (18 of them, in fact).
Willie Smith’s 18 Varieties limited release is a rich and complex expression of the full profile of flavours and aromas contributed by 18 European cider varieties. It results from our purpose-grown orchards, consisting of French and English cider apple varieties, combined with the development of cider-making techniques based on traditional cider-making methods. Our focus with this cider has been to showcase the characteristic complex flavours and deep aromas of these varieties and to capture the naturally derived golden colour that results from oxidative maceration of high tannin apples. It is made of pure fresh apple juice.
Colour: Deep Golden
Aroma and Flavour: This is a medium sweet cider that balances fruit sweetness with drying well-structured tannin. It displays complex apple flavours and lifted fruit aromas with subtle honey and spice notes. It has a light effervescence which enhances texture, mouthfeel and fruit-driven flavours, true to the French traditional cider style.
Serve at fridge temperature.
Max Allen Quote:
A blend of traditional English and French cider apples (18 of them, in fact), it has a rich, golden colour and lovely, complex flavours – honeyed yet tangy, spicy yet mellow, gently savoury yet refreshing. Stylistically it is inspired by Somerset and Normandy, but it has distinctively Australian sun-ripened fruit intensity, too.
Best Cider in Australia - Australian Cider Awards 2015
Best in Show - Australian Cider Awards 2015
Released in 2015