Hansbauer Erbachhofer Apfelmost (SV) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hansbauer
Cider Name: Erbachhofer Apfelmost (SV)
Region: Lower Austria, Austria
ABV: 7.4%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: 1 litre bottle at room temperature
Smell: Acidic apples/Light wine
Colour: Extremely light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Salon des Mostes Festival, Austria
Date: 03/04/15

Following on from trying the ApfelweinKontor WeinAusApfeln Bohnapfel & Boskoop Apfelwein mit Speierling (2013) Restsüss apfelwein earlier, I wanted to continue my cider exploration mission through Europe and the next stop is Austria. This is some of the cider I managed to get last year at the Salon des Mostes Festival, which comes in the shape of Erbachhofer Apfelmost (SV) from Hansbauer.

Hansbauer are based in Haag, Lower Austria and are part of the Most Barons. Most Barons are basically a group of cider/perry makers in Austria who help promote their cider/perry and are considered specialists in their field. As only around 20 are in the group, then it’s a fairly elite group.

What’s quite unusual is this is actually a cider. Austria is famous for their perry, so to find an actual cider, then it’s rare. It’s like a complete reverse of how it is in the UK. This particular cider is a single variety (SV) made from the Erbachhofer apple and is listed as trocken (dry). The Erbachhofer apple originated in Sauerland (Germany) and is apparently a spicy/sour variety accordingly to my friend Wikipedia. Will it hold out as a single variety cider? It’s time to crack it open and find out…

This poured with no head, though had an initial burst of small bubbles, which settled fairly quickly. The colour is so light that it’s nearly bordering on looking water like. There’s a very light hint of straw about the colour. Taking in the smell, it is of acidic apples with a mixture of a light wine smell again. Finally, I’ve managed my first taste and there’s a lot of acidity up front, sour, has mild tannins and finishes a lot drier than it starts. Boy, this does pack a serious acidic/sour kick to it, which is verging on being a bit overpowering. I gave a sample to my mate and he says it’s medium/dry, appley, slightly sour and quite easy to drink/goes down easily. He also noted there was a light oaky after-taste and a minor hint of sweetness. I’m not sure it’s that easy drinking myself, but I could happily have one of these again. This has certainly grown on me throughout the drink. You will need to enjoy a sour/acidic cider to really appreciate this one. It certainly wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste in my opinion.

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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