Name: Floreal Cider
Country: United States
Producer: Smockshop Band and Mt. Hood Organic Farm
From Smockshop Band:
"This is our first cider from Floreal. The project is a collaboration with Mt. Hood Organic Farm; a biodynamic orchard in Mt. Hood. The property lies at 1500 feet 11 miles from the summit of the mountain. The soils are composed of volcanic glass fragments and sand over basalt. We’ve planted over 70 different cider varieties but this cider is made from the heirloom dessert apples that were originally grown on the property (ashmeads kernel, wixon crab, Hudson’s golden gen, ribbston and cox’s orange pippin and about 10 others. The apples are aged for a month after picking, milled and macerated for a week and pressed in a basket press traditionally lined with straw. The cider ferments and ages in barrel for a year. We bottle it with fruit from the next vintage. This creates a natural fermentation in bottle. Apples are the only ingredient…. Sans soufrée. 180 cases produced."