InCide Holunder

Actually, it was a cider tasting among friends that led to the creation of InCide Holunder (‘Holunder’ is German for ‘elder’) made by Julia and Aaron Schwegler located in Korb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. After Aaron, who is actually a winemaker by profession, tried a number of average tasting ciders he has decided to make his own ‘Apfelmost’ from old apple trees that grew around the vineyard. Since the first batch received a very positive feedback from friends and guests visiting the vineyard, Aaron and his wife Julia decided to launch their InCide Holunder in 2015 commercially. Company: InCide Drinks e.K.
Place of Origin: Korb, Baden Württemberg, Germany
Ingredients: sparkling apple wine with elderflower syrup (12%)
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: flute or wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a white fizz that is gone after a few seconds. Low to medium artificial carbonation. Medium body.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is very aromatic and strong with notes of fresh blackcurrant fruits and leaves with gooseberries freshly picked from the garden. Also, some floral aromas incl. distant jasmine and elderflower.

Taste: it begins medium sweet with a low acidity of lemon. The mid-palate has a note of blackcurrant fruits and leaves, tastes lightly astringent with a lingering note of lemon powder candy and delicate herbal undertones.

Overall: if I hadn’t reviewed the label first, I would have never guessed that I was drinking a beverage made from apples with an addition of elderflower syrup. InCider Holunder has an extremely beautiful nose. It’s like sun-warmed blackcurrants picked up straight from the garden and trapped in a bottle. It has a brilliant aroma that you’ll certainly fall in love with. But I could get only faint hints of elderflower here. Not to mention any apple flavour (it’s a shame if you’re asking me). Taste wise the InCider Holunder has depth and a nice length and it was a real pleasure drinking it. But rather after the meal due to the medium level of sweetness than before as advertised (it’s like with dessert wine, it is to be served with dessert, not as an aperitif). On another note, I can very well imagine InCider as a great base for cocktails. But Julia has already thought about it –> check out InCide’s website for some summer cocktails recipes. Whether I would buy it again? Absolutely! Even though I couldn’t taste any apple here. 4/6 

Availability: only Southern Germany for now incl. Getränke Maisch in Gerlingen; Kö8 in Köngen, Getränke Ebinger GmbH in Großbottwar. Online from Weinhaus Kreuz or Perbaccowein,

Price: InCide Holunder was a sample provided by Julia from InCide Drinks.