Wilding Cider Babouche 2019
Wilding Cider Babouche is a dry, naturally sparkling blend of traditional, hand-picked varieties.
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Wilding Cider Babouche is a dry, naturally sparkling blend of traditional, hand-picked varieties. The blend is built around Dabinett (55%) and Browns (30%), with a little Chisel Jersey (15%) to add structure. Aromatically this is pretty classic Dabinett, with orange flesh, orchard floor, leathery tannins, with Browns bringing its distinctive light fruity character and lovely acidity.
Each variety is pressed separately and blended as they are ready, fermentation is done all together in stainless steel before bottling to finish the fermentation in the bottle. A year is spent on the lees before hand-disgorging. As with all of our ciders, the fruit is handpicked from old traditional orchards, fermented with wild yeasts and without any additions of sulphites or anything else. There is very light sediment leftover from disgorging, but it drinks well. Great as an aperitif, or with fried food like fish and chips, it's also great with oysters.
Wilding Cider is a small yet acclaimed Somerset maker based in Chew Magna, set up in 2018 by Beccy and Sam Leach after some years of hobby cidermaking. They cultivate and harvest traditional cider varieties from their own natural orchard, along with other unsprayed orchards they look after. They avoid additives and preservatives, preferring to harness wild yeasts and natural techniques, and allow their creations oodles of time to mature before releasing them.