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. Made in parallel with Stoke Red 1, the result is intriguingly different, a lighter colour, with less of the typical rose/strawberry aroma. Instead it has a more savoury, structured character with the same 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 farmers, based in Chew Magna, North Somerset. They grow mostly Somerset cider apple varieties in traditional orchards, managing them in a careful organic way. Fruit is picked from the ground in the old way, let mature and fully ripen before pressing, and then fermented gently and slowly with wild yeasts, no sulphites and plenty of time.