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Region & Fruit Selection
Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider is made exclusively from New York State apples. A sizeable portion
(15%) are grown locally at
the Halsey Farm in
Bridgehampton, just 3.6
miles from our vineyard. The majority (85%) of the apples in this special cider are grown by
DeFisher Fruit Farms near Rochester, New York. Winemaker and Partner Roman Roth chooses dessert apples (vs. cider apples) prized for their flavor and aromatics. The blend is as follows:
NY2 (a locally developed variety)
Clear with a subtle blush, our rosé
cider gives aromas of fresh-picked apple and lilac with hints of strawberries
and yeast. The mouth-feel is light, lively and fresh. On the palate, classic hard
cider characteristics—crisp-tart acidity, a refreshing CO2 mousse, bright
fruit and a hint of sweetness—balance beautifully.
All fruit for this third release was grown in 2014.
On Long Island and in upstate New York, 2014 was a year of low humidity. It was
a fantastic growing season producing pure and intense aromatics and flavors.
Through a selective taste-test,
the apples were chosen, each to contribute a distinct character. They were
gently pressed in early March 2015. The juice was well-settled for three days
and carefully racked of any sediment. The clean juice was inoculated with the
wine yeast Epernay 2 to start fermentation, which was carried out at a cool 61°
F, and finished after 14 days. The hard cider was then chilled and allowed to rest
sur lie for one month, then filtered
for clarity. The vibrant light rosé color was achieved by
adding a small amount of red grape skin extract. The finished product was
carbonated and bottled at East Coast Crush in Naples, New York, in early June,
producing 3,076 cases (24 bottles per case) of 355 ml bottles, all with screwcap
Best served chilled, this slightly effervescent
cider makes an able companion to a wide variety of party and picnic foods—hors d’oeuvres, salads and cheeses—as
well as fruit pies and tarts. Pair it with grilled meat (especially pork),
seafood or vegetables, too. Or just enjoy it on its own!
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