Momento Mori - 2019 ‘Hazeldean Forest Farm’ Cider

"The aim for me was to make the most transparent cider possible. One that would first and foremost let the fruit and complexity of the many varieties shine through. I approached this the same way I approach my winemaking ... Very much with hands off but very much with eyes on, keeping a very close watch over the fermentations throughout.

The apples came from our neighbours Marg and Jason of Hazeldean Forest Farm. The farm is a model of what can be achieved with regenerative farming and agro-forestry practices. It has been certified organic for over 30 years. The apples were crushed and then pressed and the juice was rough filtered using diatomaceous earth. This was done as I wanted to make a clean cider using the Méthode Rurale process which would mean not disgorging the bottles after bottle ferment. Fermentation was using the native wild yeasts and was entirely in stainless steel. The cider was then bottled while still active to complete fermentation in heavyweight champagne bottles. They are sealed under a high grade premium champagne cork and wire cage. There was nothing added to this cider at any stage, including no SO2 and no dosage. We are extremely happy with how this project turned out and having the opportunity to showcase such a wonderful farm and it’s fruits.

Style-wise this is in the same vein as the ciders of Eric Bordelet or Jacques Perritaz of Cidrerie du Vulcain. It is fine boned and transparent whilst having a nuance of delicate layers of the multitude of various apple varieties. It is complex, refreshing and clean and has very well balanced acidty. It will also develop well to become more complex over the next couple of years or so." – Dane Johns

Origin Gippsland, VIC || ABV 5% || Vol 750ml