Viuda De Angelon Sidra de Pera Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Viuda De Angelon
Perry Name: Sidra de Pera
Region: Asturias, Spain
ABV: 5.2%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Pear drops/White wine
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: III INTERNATIONAL HALL OF GALA CIDER FAYRE, Asturias
Date: 11/11/14

Following on from last week, I am keeping it all things Asturias at the moment, but this time I’m venturing into one of their few produced perries. This comes in the shape of the Sidra de Pera from Viuda De Angelon.

The literal meaning of the name of the perry is “pear cider”, but I refuse to call it by that name. Perry is made from pears and cider is made from apples. Pear cider is an impossibility! It was probably named more for the market more than anything else no doubt.

Viuda De Angelon look to have been in the sidra business since 1947 and are located in Nava, Asturias. I actually remember them pretty well from III INTERNATIONAL HALL OF GALA CIDER FAYRE, as they seemed to win a fair amount of awards back then in 2013. This won the best perry in that year and was a reason I decided to take this back home at the time. It’s not often you get a perry from Asturias, especially not one which has won awards too! I have had this before, but as it’s been over a year since I last tried it, then it will be like a new experience again for me.

Having a look at the bottle, it’s a bit of a strange shape bottle, to be honest. It has a wide bottom to it and a long neck and isn’t your typical wine or champagne style bottle! Looking on the bottle, it reckons it should ideally be served around 6-8oC, contains sulphites and of course has a marketing description in Spanish. The rough translation looks to be as follows:

“Back in past centuries, Asturias. Earth cider for excellence pressed apples or pears for cider. Lost pressing pears tradition, we will recover for this precious liquid which is crowned by a sea of bubbles has a fresh and fruity fragrance”

This makes it sound like the apples and pears have been pressed for centuries in Asturias (I knew about apples, but didn’t know so much about the pears) and they are trying to revive the tradition of perry in the region. That’s a decent thing to do, especially if they have an abundance of pears to make it with.  After a quick search on Google, I found out a little more about their production. According to the Google translate, it is as follows:

The pressing of a varied mix of Asturian pears must be obtained, which after a process of cooling do decantation prior to the
fermentation.

In January we do a transfer to cold obtaining a limpid cider, to then in spring, malolactic fermentation. this new cider, spends several months of maturation before bottling end.

Anyway, it’s time to crack open this perry and see how I get on with it…

This opened lively, with plenty of carbonation in the glass, light straw in colour and had the aroma of pear drops mixed with a dry wine kind of smell. It smelt intriguing and actually very good.

I take in my first sip and wow that’s a decent taste. You get a smooth, sweet, delicate pear taste initially, which does feel drier as the taste has gone on. This actually tastes a bit drier than I remember it a year ago. Possibly it’s fermented more of the sugars in the bottle in the past year since I bought it? It’s definitely on the level of a perry that could be classed as a wine replacement for me.

It’s very easy to drink and does have that usual sourness/acidity you get with a sidra, but not as intense as the sidra has. Tannins are mild and it does have a nice little bitter twang about it in the tail. It’s one that dips between sweet, sour and dry through each sip and does it very well. One other thing I’ve got towards the end of the pint is a light woody feel and a little cheesiness about it. Another way to try and sum up the taste is it’s like a fizzy pear drop mixed with wine like taste. It sounds bizarre, but possibly you’ll know what I mean if you try it.

Overall, I do like it and certainly will be going back for more. It’s an interesting take on perry and well worth trying.

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

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