Cidermaker's Notes: Our cider is produced on site with our orchard apples harvested between September and November. To make it, you must then wash, crush and squeeze apples to extract juice called the "mash" that is to say a juice that has not undergone alcoholic fermentation.
After clarification, it will ferment slowly during the winter.
The colour poured a beautiful golden yellow with a slight haze. The carbonation bloomed into a large head of foam with a persistent bead and light stream of bubbles.
A rustic farmhouse funk offered up sour/lactic characters with just a hint of hydrogen sulfide and volatile acidity. Lovely floral notes blended in well with sweet honey, apricot marmalade and old woody tones. Despite the wild ferment funk, the nose was still very fresh, fragrant and quite inviting.
A soft and light mouth feel greeted the front palate, with a gush of light foam and moreish medium sweetness gliding across the tongue. The mid palate suffered some fadeout, being overwhelmed by a bitter and astringent back palate. Although quite lighter in body, nice simple flavours of fresh apple, honey, orange blossom and rose water were evident. A lingering note of oakiness rounded out the flavour. The palate structure was perhaps a touch flabby, with a lack of acidity lacking the ‘excitement’ factor. However, there was some minerality evident on the back palate in amongst the astringency - this could be possibly be an orchard trait but not enough to warrant a definite yes.
The Silex is fresh, inviting and very, very easy to drink. The bottle didn’t last long and at only 4.5%, it’s very sessionable. Easy drinking, lighter weight cider which is generous and delicious. Farmhouse characters may be a little daunting for newbies to this style. -- AllAboutCider.com