Cold Creek – Cuvée Madeline (2019)

Cider Profile:

Name: Cold Creek – Cuvée Madeline (2019)
Sampled August 2020

Brand: Cold Creek Cider
Type: Apple – Sparkling
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV: 4.5%
Website Link: coldcreekvineyards.ca
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Limited – Sold Out for 2020
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Rustic Translucent-Yellow
Carbonation: Medium, very frequently streaming bubbles, reduced on ice

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet and creamy tannic apple that is bright.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Strong creamy and caramelized apples that are extra smooth. On the sweeter side but not sugary.
After Taste: Becomes slightly more tannic and remains very apple forward. Remains on the palate for a long time with little reduction in taste. Mild wood and cellar notes.
On ice: Slightly reduced taste.

Additional Notes:  The Cuvée Madeline (2019) is a very apple forward cider that is full bodied and really pops in terms of flavour and mouthfeel.  The barrel-aging really helps to make the apple stand out but does not significantly alter the taste of the cider. Soft and easily consumable, it was described to us a Brittany (French) style cider crossed with an Irish-inspired cider.  Substitute for champagne, especially for fancy occasions. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 3
Crisp – 4
Dry – 3
Fruity – 4

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