Maker: Dunkerton’s, Herefordshire, England, UK
Apples: Various heirloom varieites.
Style: Dry English cider.
Purchased for $7/500 ml (Holiday Market)
Appearance: Big head on opening. Persistent bubbles. Slightly hazy.
Nose: Yeasty funk, mulled cider, tannin, lemon zest.
Palate: Dry. Leather, Meyer lemon juice, clove, filtered apple juice.
Finish: Dry and leathery. Lingers faintly in the cheeks.
Parting words: I reviewed Dunkerton’s Perry back in August. I enjoyed it quite a bit. This is even better. It’s a good example of a well-balanced, dry cider. It has big tannins, funk, acid, spice and sweetness, in that order. While the tannins and funk may turn off some casual cider drinkers, I can see Dunkerton’s being a an easy (and easy to find) first step into the world of dry, wild-fermented ciders. I can also see it becoming one of my go-tos. $7 for 6.9% (just under the line for apple wine) is a great price too. Dunkerton’s Dry Organic cider is highly recommended.