De vergeten Appel t’Gouverneurtje 2016

‘t Gouverneurtje 2016 is the last cider from De vergeten Appel that I have received for testing. And, it makes me a bit sad because I actually did enjoy having them all in a way. They all tasted apple forward and refreshing. Anyway, it looks that Johan’s business is growing and his cider gaining popularity in the Netherlands since De vergeten Appel have been recently looking for new facilities to increase their cider production. I wish Johan good luck in his cider endeavours!

‘t Gouverneurtje 2016 is made from apples coming from Gouverneurshuis in Heusden.
De Vergeten Appel
Place of Origin: Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands
Apples: made from apples coming from Gouverneurshuis in Heusden
ABV: 5.2%
Package type: 375ml green champagne bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: flute, chalice glass or wine glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden and a huge white fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Medium, natural carbonation. Body is low. Sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is very refreshing and vinous with notes of green and yellow apples. I can also get a weak note of sulphur and sweet juicy ripe apple and overripe apples. Lightly bitter-sweet with notes of apple seeds.

Taste: it begins bone dry with medium to high lemon-like acidity. On the mid-palate notes of overripe yellow apple, lemon, white wine with a hint of green apple and earth. Barely detectable low astringent taste. Very light bitterness in the aftertaste with a  lingering flavour of overripe yellow apples and a gentle astringent taste.

Overall: I always look forward to trying a new cider from De vergeten Appel as I know that Johan’s cider will taste refreshing and apple forward as mentioned earlier. Also, t’Gouverneurtje 2016 didn’t disappoint me. It tastes dry, slightly vinous with a lingering appley aftertaste. To give you a better picture, t’Gouverneurtje 2016 tastes like a cross between Prosecco and German Apfelwein with a nice breadth of fruity flavours. Perhaps this is not a cider for every palate due to high dryness and acidity, but I enjoyed it. Well done, Mr. Holleman. I’m looking forward to your cider next year! 4.5/6

Availability: locally in Rotterdam at Fenix Food Factory, in Amsterdam from Apples en Perren

Price: t’Gouverneurtje 2016 was kindly provided to me by Johan from De vergeten Appel for testing.