Ludlow Vineyard Medium/Dry Farmhouse Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ludlow Vineyard
Cider Name: Medium/Dry Farmhouse Cider
Region: Shropshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Fruity/Apples/Dry/Lightly toffee
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Ciderbods
Date: 14/11/13

I’ve really got slack on the cider reviews since I’ve turned 30. Though this isn’t due to slowing down in older age or being forgetful. Oh no, this is where life/work has unfortunately been getting in the way of the blog. As it’s nearing Xmas and I have some leave coming up, I will be getting much more on the blogging game. So what do we have here tonight? This is the latest in the Ciderbods weekly cider fix and actually a completely new producer on me. Tonight fellow cider lovers, we have the Medium/Dry Farmhouse Cider from Ludlow Vineyards.

As always, I’ve got Google out to try to find a bit more about them and it has thankfully come back with results! The name suggests they are a vineyard and by golly it is what it says on the tin. They are not just a vineyard, but also a cider producer and a distillery too! It looks like they have pretty much all the bases covered.

They are based up in Clee St Margaret in Shropshire and produce their cider from both their own apples and also others from outside. Their cider apples range from Cox and Bramley to Dabinett and Michelin. I’m glad they listed they use cider apples too and not just dessert/cooking apples! Other than that I can’t find much else about them at all. Without further ado, I do believe it’s cider drinking time….

This poured virtually unfizzy, which is a pleasant surprise from what I was expecting. It says slightly sparkling on the bottle and thankfully it meant it. It is bright, golden and crystal clear in colour, with a lovely fruity apple aroma, a dry feel to it and a minor hint of toffee in the air. It certainly is inviting me to take a taste and I gladly accept the invitation. You get a really fruity, juicy and sweet flavour up front. This then turns more bitter, sour/citrus, tangy and drier as the mouthful goes on. This cider definitely feels a bit ballsy and I am really enjoying it. The aftertaste is certainly dry, but also you get a nutty feel towards the end. It’s possibly got a hint of oak in there too, though certainly not overpowering it. The only downpoint is it feels like it’s missing something to take it from a decent cider to a brilliant one. Overall, it’s a lovely tipple and would certainly have it again.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10

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