Gutshof Kraatz Schwarze Katze 2018

Florian Profitlich from Gutshof Kraatz, based in the North of Germany actually makes apple wine, not cidre or cider as he simply thinks that local apple varieties are not suitable for cider making. But make good apple wine.
Nevertheless, he has been frequently asked, whether he makes also cider or cidre. So accidentally he made one. The yeast, in one of his experimental apple wines, re-tarted to ferment in the bottle producing a lightly sparkling beverage with some bitter notes. Since the feedback for this product has been very positive, Florian decided to release his first cider and name it the Schwarze Katze – the black cat. As every cidery has a cider dog or a cider cat.
Schwarze Katze is made with apples grown locally in Uckermark, Brandenburg and harvested in 2018.  As per Florian, Schwarze Katze should go well with specialities of Frankfurter cuisine or smoked fish, wild boar sausage or salat with feta cheese.

Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany
Apples: made from old apple varieties grown in Uckermark
Sweetness as per label: brut
ABV: 8.5%
Package type: 750ml glass wine bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass, chalice glass or flute

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden with a small white head that slowly reduces to a ring. Medium carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is lightly sweet and exhibits notes of yellow apples, fermented apples, smokiness and alcohol.

Taste: it begins dry with a medium acidity of lemon. The mid-palate has a low astringent taste with notes of yellow apples, lemon, gooseberry, unripe fruits, unripe banana and berries. Finishes with a note of alcohol and a longlasting note of lees, higher alcohols with low bitterness.

Overall: The Gutshof Kraatz Schwarze Katze is one of these products that will taste better with food than on its own. Similarly to most products made by Florian, also Schwarze Katze has a rich set of fruity flavours and a longlasting taste. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very keen on the longlasting finish, which was dominated by autolytic notes from lees ageing and a note of alcohol. Personally, I thought the finish was slightly disturbing. Nevertheless, in my opinion, bubbles make Schwarze Katze taste refreshing. And I think it should go well on both cold or warm evening preferably with food. 3.5/6

Availability: from their shop and online shop. In Berlin from Schaufenster Uckermark located in Markthalle Neun.

Price: Florian contacted me and asked if I’d like to try his cider.