Abavas Ābolu Vīns Pussaldais

Ābolu Vīns Pussaldais is a semi-sweet apple wine created by Abavas, a cider maker from Latvia. As advertised by Abavas, Ābolu Vīns Pussaldais is made from selected Latvian apples, which are pressed and subsequently slowly fermented at low temperatures.

Company: SIA Abavas dārzi, “Kalējkrāmi”
Place of Origin: 
Slampes country, Tukuma region, Latvia
a blend of selected Latvian apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: semi-sweet
ABV: 12%
Package type: 500ml clear glass wine bottle with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear straw with no head. No carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is fruity and vinous with notes of raisins, watermelon, stone fruits and guava.

Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet of plain sugar with a light acidity of lemon.  Notes of yellow apples, guava, lychee, cantaloupe melon and some raisins on the mid-palate. In the finish, a biting taste of alcohol with a light bitter note and the lingering sweetness of sugar.

Overall: there are many sweet ciders that taste phenomenal. I’m sorry to say that Abavas’ Semi-Sweet doesn’t belong to this group. I didn’t enjoy the lingering sweetness of plain sugar with fruity notes of guava and lemon. Also, there was a biting touch of alcohol with other harsh notes towards the end, which I thought were very disturbing. Overall, drinking this apple wine was like listening to a slightly unsynchronised music band. Great musicians who didn’t find a musical connection with each other. I’m sorry, Martins, but your semi-sweet apple wine was one of the weakest offerings from your line-up that. 2.5/6 

Availability: in the Netherlands from CiderCider, and in Latvia from Spirit & Wines.

Price: Ābolu Vīns Pussaldais was a sample provided by Abavas.