I love reading stories like this. The history of Guzman Riestra stretches back to 1906 when Robustiano Riestra made a cider press from, most likely, a eucalyptus tree. Robustiano’s goal was to make sidra and sell it in a store he owned in Gijón. Over the years, the cidery has seen many transformations. It expanded, the facilities were modernized and new sidras were introduced. When Guzman Riestra took over the management in 1985 ‘Guzman’ was added to the name of the cidery. Sons of Guzman, Raúl and Ruben, have been in charge of the company since 1985 experimenting and setting new trends in the Spanish cider world.
Today’s review is on their Brut Nature, introduced in 2012, made using Methode Champenoise, a rather unusual technique for Spanish sidra.Company: Guzman Riestra
Place of Origin: Barrio de Perea, Sariego, Asturias, Spain
Apples: apples coming from local orchards
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute, chalice glass or white wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a white frothy head that quickly dissipates. High carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is rich and sweetish with notes of oak, vinegar, juicy apple, red apple and candy. In the background notes of funk and leather.
Taste: it starts dry with low residual sweetness and moderately acidic with a flavour of crisp apple, lemon juice and only distant vinegar. The mid-palate has red ripe juicy apples, a medium astringent taste and a smoky note with blood orange and grapefruit peel. In the aftertaste, a delicate grapefruit-like bitterness appears leaving a lingering chalky taste.
Overall: Sidra Brut Nature from Guzman Riestra has an exceptionally sophisticated and balanced palate full of refreshing citrus fruits and ripe apples. Every sip reveals a new taste and is like an in-depth exploration of many layers of flavours. It’s like French Champagne meets Spanish sidra. Dry and citrusy refreshing with some residual sweetness will appeal to larger audiences. Perfect for any kind of celebration. I would buy more. 4.5/6
Price: purchased online from Ciderwinkel. It was one of the sidras in the Spanish discovery box.