Stoke Red is an apple of exceptional qualities which makes a fine single variety cider. The apples for this cider came from a from a beautiful old orchard in Ditcheat. This has a savoury, structured character with tension in balance of tannin, acid and sugar. Drink with cured meats or smoked fish. The aromas are of stone fruit, some minerality, a slight herbaceous note. This is one of a pair of single variety Stoke Reds made by Wilding Cider in 2020 from two different terroirs.
Wilding Cider are orchard cider makers and are based in Chew Magna, North Somerset. They mostly grow Somerset cider apple varieties, in traditional orchards, managing them in a careful organic way. Fruit is picked from the ground, letting the fruit mature and fully ripen before pressing, and then fermented gently and slowly with wild yeasts, no sulphites and plenty of time. To see our interview with Beccy and Sam from Wilding click here to see our blog.