Winnica Chodorowa Cydr Wytrawny 2014

Winnica Chodorowa is actually a vineyard, not a cidery. Established only in 2012, in a village Chodorowa, located in the scenic Pogórze Rożnowskie area in the southeast corner of Lesser Poland, in southern Poland. Perfect area to grow wine grapes and apples! Their cider was made from apples coming from an old orchard, belonging to the vineyard. Interestingly, some of the first apple trees were planted here over 100 years ago. Let’s try it out!Company: Winnica Chodorowa
Place of Origin: KRUŻLOWA WYŻNA, Chodorowa, Lesser Poland, Polska
Apples: undisclosed apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6.9%
Package type: 750ml green glass bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass

Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy pale golden with a little white head, which reduces to a ring around the glass. Slightly sparkling.

Aroma/Nose: The nose is dry and sour. Smells of honey with floral notes and a touch of green sour apples. Very refreshing.

Taste: the first sip tastes very dry and very sour resembling Sauerkraut a little bit, but you get used to it after a few sips. The initial acidity is broken by green apple skin and flesh with a pleasant hint of honey. The finish is dry with a touch of grapefruit peel, leaving a very pleasant green apple aftertaste.

Overall: Chodorowa’s cider tastes very unique. It starts very dry and very sour, which will definitely not appeal to everyone. But as I said earlier, your taste buds get used to this taste after the initial ‘shock’. After a while, the taste is dominated by pleasant and refreshing green apple and honey notes. I hope I didn’t scare you too much 😉 I’m sure that Chodorowa’s cider would taste splendid on a hot summer day. I enjoyed it and would buy more. 4.5/6

Availability: only locally through Polish wine stores such as Winnacja.pl or Produkty Niewinne i Winne. 

Price: had it at Cyderia at 15 PLN (3.60 EUR) for a glass. Cyderia closed its doors earlier this month.

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