Apple County Cider Co Vilberie (SV) Medium Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Apple County Cider Co
Cider Name: Vilberie (SV) Medium Dry
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic Apples/Fruity
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: Apple County Cider Co
Date: 22/10/14

Onto my 2nd review of the week and up again is yet another cider from Apple County Cider Co, which was kindly posted for me to sample and review. This is their 2nd Single Variety (SV) that they produce, which is called Vilberie.

As I mentioned in my last review, Apple County Cider Co are a new cider company, which has one of the previous owners of Ty Gwyn who has since decided to go it alone. The Vilberie apple is another bittersweet apple (like the Dabinett was that I reviewed previously) and a late bloomer, as it falls in November. To be honest, it’s not a cider variety I have come across much before in a SV form, with the Ciderfect version being the only one I’ve had. That wasn’t particularly brilliant experience at the time, but then again it was drank at a festival. Drinking at a festival can on occasion be a bit hit and miss depending on how they kept it.

The description on the bottle itself mentions it’s “Full of the robust fruity taste of Vilberie bittersweet apples with a refreshing crisp dry finish”. I like the sound of that! As with all of their ciders, this one is made with 100% apple juice and not any concentrate in sight. This is also cold fermented for 6 months, has a malolactic fermentation after being racking off, pasteurised and lightly carbonated. I’m intrigued to see how their draught cider (Naughty Horsey) compares to their bottles. It’s something I will have to go investigate at a later date! Right people, it’s that time again………it’s cider drinking time!!!

This poured crystal clear, with no sediment in sight, lightly sparkling (30 seconds and the head was gone!) and golden/yellow in colour. The initial smell I am getting from the cider is light rustic apples and just a dry fruitiness about it. It’s a very pleasant aroma if truth be told.

I delve into my first sip and get a bit of sweetness up front, which then turns sour/sharp/citric, crisp, and has a fair few tannins as it ends a lot drier than when it started! There’s a huge contrast in difference between this and their Dabinett. This is more sour like your traditional Spanish/German ciders, but does have a moderate tannic kick in the tail. Acidity levels are fairly in the middle, but not overpowering, and generally it’s well balanced. Though, I’d prefer it slightly less sharp and slightly more acidic if it was going to be completely to my personal preference.

After getting over the initial shock of the first taste, this is certainly one that’s grown on me throughout the pint. It might not be to everyones taste, but if you like things a little more drier/sharper, then this could be right up your street!

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

Disclaimer: This was a free sample from Apple County Cider Co, however this had no bearing on my review of this cider.


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