Posted April 7, 2017
Southbrook Vineyards launches cider line with Organic Wild Cider
The Niagara Region wine producer, founded in 1991 and billed as Canada’s first certified organic and biodynamic winery, indicates its inaugural European-style cider employs juice from Nova Mac, Liberty, Nova Spy, Goldrush, and Pricilla apples harvested at Avalon Orchards, a certified organic orchard in Innisfil.
“Active wild yeast from a natural fermentation of biodynamic white wine [was addded],” says Southbrook. “After a long cool fermentation, the cider was bottled with 11 grams/litre of residual sugar in early December 2016.
“The effervescence was captured by completing fermentation in the bottles, yielding a bubbly expression of the collaboration between Ontario organic farms. No additions of any kind — sulphites, sweeteners, acids nor tannins were made,” they add.
2016 vintage Wild Ferment Organic Cider, described as bone-dry, is available now at Southbrook Vineyards tasting room, retail store in 750ml bottels for $15.95 each, and soon home delivery, and select bars and restaurants in Ontario.
Southbrook Vineyards is now the 5th cider producer in Niagara-on-the-Lake.