Wilding Cider – Chisel Jersey


A cider crafted around the Chisel Jersey variety from orchards in and around North Somerset. The fruit was all from the 2018 season.

Chisel Jersey can be very tannic and bitter, and making a cider from the single variety alone wouldn’t make for great drinking. So Sam and Becky Leech started experimenting with how to balance this tannic, but complexly flavoured apple.

Chisel Jersey from Wilding Cidery orchard was paired with its half-sister Dabinett from the historic Abbot’s Leigh orchard, and just enough Porter’s Perfection from Smith Hayne in Devon to bring some fresh acidity and balance into the fermentation. All the juice was fermented together (co-fermented) for 7 months in stainless steel vats before being transferred to ex red wine casks from a winery in Portugal, who like Sam and Becky, work organically. It spent the next 9 months resting in two of these barrels. This time in barrel had one main effect; the tannins softed and were allowed to fully integrate. The experiment had worked! 

Bottled in July 2020, the cider is drinking really well now – but is capable of being aged for another few years in the bottle. Aromas of ripe fruit, spice, orchard floor, orange flesh, old wood, it’s a bone dry, still, cider that will pair with food so well this Christmas. Drink at around 10 celsius for full flavour. No sulphites at any stage, no fining or filtration, may develop a light sediment over time.

The chalky dryness of the cider is lovely with an acidic blue cheese like Stichelton.

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