Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany
Apples: made from old apple varieties grown in Uckermark
Sweetness as per label: brut
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
Price: Florian contacted me and asked if I’d like to try his cider.