El Gaitero Pomarina Sidra Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: El Gaitero
Cider Name: Pomarina
Region: Asturias, Spain
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Fresh apples
Colour: Straw/Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Date: 10/06/14

My trip to Asturias felt like a lifetime ago (nearly 8 months now!), but after hearing a friend of mine was having an Asturian cider tonight I thought I’d join in too and try and rekindle my time in Asturias. Ah so many good memories of the region and their passion for everything sidra! Up for the tasting tonight is the Pomarina (Brut) sidra.

Pomarina looks to be one of the flagship sidras from El Gaitero, who have slowly come into the UK market themselves in recent years. This is admittedly in very small baby steps, but you can find now them down Waitrose/Ocado, as I discovered previously. From memory they are one of the huge cider makers in Asturias, though thankfully they haven’t gone down the concentrate market like some of our big producers have. Well this is from what the cider experts over there have told me and I’m inclined to believe them.

From a presentation perspective, the bottle looks classy and something you’d expect to have with fine dining or on a special occasion. The sidra itself contains apples from the protected designation of origin in Asturias and apparently the last stage of fermentation for the cider is in pressurised vats. They say this is to better integrate the bubbles. Well that’s what Google translate tells me, but you should get the general understanding of what they mean. Anyway, it’s time to pop its cork and bring back those Asturian memories…

As expected, this poured extremely fizzy initially, which died down to a constant stream of bubbles in the glass. It was ever so light in colour, with a mix between a golden and straw colour and has a really fresh, vibrant smell to it. As I’m typing this the bubbles just keep flowing and flowing and certainly looks a little like a more golden champagne. A classier person than I would probably have used a wine glass, but hey that’s not my thing!

I take in my first sip and you get a full on sourness up front, sweetness and then a lingering drier finish as the taste goes on, which is far too easy drinking. It’s got a lot of fizz and buzz about it, but just lacking that extra piece of depth to the flavour to keep you fully interested and on the edge of your seat. You get that decent appley flavour initially, which dies a bit too soon for my liking. Sourness/acidity is good, dryness is good, no bitterness to be seen and some decent sweetness to begin with. If it had the depth to the taste too (and some bitterness for my palate) then we’d be onto a great one! Still a decent cider and worth a try if you like your drinks on the sour/dry side.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, though not a first choice.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10


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