Rich’s Golden Years Dunkertons (SV) (2011) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Rich’s
Cider Name: Golden Years Dunkertons (SV) (2011)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: 500ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Apples/Rustic
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Rich’s Cider (at Bristol Cider Fest)
Date: 28/06/13

After a good few apfelweins and other classic ciders I’m now back on the Rich’s Golden Years ciders again. Up next is their Dunkertons (SV) (2011) cider.

Until a few weeks ago I didn’t actually realise Dunkerton’s was a name of an apple too. I always knew of the great producer up Herefordshire way and just assumed it was only their surname. But no, this is the name of an apple too, which is apparently a sweet apple and classes as a vintage quality. The bottle itself notes it down as a “crisp, golden, medium bodied cider with a refreshing sparkle”, though that doesn’t really tell you anything more. Just standard marketing speak! I better crack this open and see how it really tastes…

This poured with a very, very slight murmur of a fizz, golden yellow in colour and smells like a proper vintage farmhouse cider. I do love the smell of this. This is how cider should be! My initial taste was mildly sweet, then the bitterness/tannins take over and give it that edge that it needs. There’s decent dryness, character and an all-round smoothness to it and an edge to it. It’s actually surprisingly easy to drink, though it’s also the kind of cider that makes you think and has that complexity about it. For a single variety cider it is decent and can certainly hold its own. Though equally I can see it adding a lot to a blended cider too. It’s certainly one of their better Golden Years ciders and I’d happily have another!

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10


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