Apfelundwein Apfel-Vino Brettacher 2012 Trocken (SV) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Apfelundwein
Cider Name: Apfel-Vino Brettacher 2012 Trocken (SV)
Region: Frankfurt, Germany
ABV: 10.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: 750ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Wine like
Colour: Light straw/Green
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: ApfelweinKontor, Frankfurt, Germany
Date: 14/06/13

Up next tonight is another apfelwein, though this time it’s from a producer I know absolutely nothing about, which should make it interesting and a surprise. This a single variety (SV) apfelwein from Apfelundwein called Apfel-Vino Brettacher 2012 Trocken.

From a bit of Googling I have found Apfelundwein’s website and they are based in Niedernhausen, which is in the west of the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region. They are a apfelwein and fruit wine producer and have been making apfelwein commercially since 2007. This particular one is made just from the Brettacher apple, which is mainly used as a cooking apple, but also is good for cider. It’s apparently a fairly sour apple, though with age it does mellow. I’m actually really intrigued to see how the Germans do a SV cider. One final thing to note with this apfelwein is the ABV. It’s a whopping 10.5% and certainly shouldn’t be drank in a session! From having a word with the guys at ApfelweinKontor, they said this was achieved using chapitilisation (adding sugar prior to fermentation), which gives it an artificially high ABV. Right, it’s cider drinking time now…

This poured crystal clear, light straw/greenish colour and has a very wine like aroma. This smelt more like a wine than a cider that’s for sure. I take in my first sip and I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this. It has a light apple feel, very wine like and then you get a huge alcohol/ethanol hit. This tastes far too strong without having the flavour/character to back it up. Once you overlook the alcohol taste, it’s lightly sour, bitter, mild sweetness and wine like. My other half, the wine drinker, actually likes this and thinks it’s medium/dry, tastes strong and would suit the wine drinkers more than a cider drinker. It’s just a bit too much for me and I can’t say I’d be rushing back for more.

Would I buy this again?: Unlikely
Overall Rating: 6/10

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