I’m sure that most of you have already noticed by now that bottles from the Latvian cider maker Mr. Plūme have one of the most eye-catching and intriguing labels out there. Since Māris is an artist, it was obvious that the label of his product has to be artistic as well. A friend of Māris, Aleksandrs Bētiņš who designed the labels found inspiration in works of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte who often used the image of the apple in his paintings. As a side note, Magritte’s apples inspired also Paul McCartney who used the green apple as the logo of the Beatles’ record label Apple Corps.
Today I give you the Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016, a sweet cider from Mr. Plūme.
Company: Mr. Plūme sidra darītava
Place of Origin: Jumpravas pagasts, Lielvārdes novads, Latvia
Apples a blend of local apple varieties
Sweetness as per label: sweet
Package type: 750ml clear glass with natural cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or snifter
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is intense and fruity with notes of quince, lychee, yellow apples and light caramel.
Taste: it starts medium sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate note of quince, fresh yellow apples, a smoky note with light caramel. It finishes with a lingering note of quince and baked apples with a very light astringent note and a touch of lemon candy.
Overall: sweet yet refreshing. Saldais is a sweet but not overly sweet apple wine with a good level of acidity balancing out the sweetness. So even those who prefer their cider on the drier side will not complain. The fruity flavours smoothly move from one to another and offer a very pleasant journey in the glass. More to that, the aromas and the finish have a good intensity and length. Māris, if you had entered the CiderWorld 2018 competition with this cider, you would have most probably received an award. But since you haven’t, you’ll get 5 out of 6 points from me. A really good cider that will satisfy every palate.
Availability: available from Mr. Plūme. At farmers markets and many other places in Latvia. Possibly also from Siidrimaja in Tallinn, at Sarkozy in Vilnius, Holm Cider in Copenhagen and MostBirnHaus in Austria.
Price: Ābolu Sidrs Saldais 2016 was a sample provided by Māris from Mr. Plūme.