Gutshof Kraatz Kaiser Wilhelm Renette mit Quitte 2018

Florian of Gutshof Kraatz likes to experiment with pears and quinces that are locally grown in the Uckermark, Brandenburg. This time, he blended quince with a winter apple variety, which is widely spread across Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm. From my experience, Kaiser Wilhelm gives lovely acidity but it’s not very aromatic itself. Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany
Ingredients: Kaiser Wilhelm and quince locally grown in the Uckermark
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 8.5%
Package type: 750ml clear glass wine bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass

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

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with dominating notes of ripe quince, yellow apples, fresh apple skin with a distant hint of vanilla.

Taste: my first taste is slightly sweet with a medium acidity of lemon. The mid-palate has a low to medium astringent taste with notes of ripe juicy quince and overripe quince, fresh yellow apple, low bitterness, alcohol, toffee and low vanilla. Finishes with notes of low bitterness, alcohol and vanilla.

Overall: I shared a bottle of Kaiser Wilhelm Renette mit Quitte with my family so there were 5 different judges. My mom who’s not a fan of cider surprisingly enjoyed her glass. My dad seems to like anything that is not sweet and doesn’t taste artificial so he obviously liked it too. My brother and his wife had mixed feelings at the beginning but with the rise of temperature (I served it chilled) or contact with air they even liked this drop. As for me, I loved the refreshing and fruity nose. Also, the bottle content seemed very refreshing despite a pungent taste of alcohol to it. It warmed me up, which is a great feature of a winter cider/apple wine. In addition, I thought it was longlasting with a nice finish. Also, the flavours seemed to change with time, which made it a very interesting drinking experience. But, due to a very intense note of quince both on the nose and the palate, to me, it tasted like a quince wine with Kaiser Wilhelm instead of Kaiser Wilhelm with quince. I’d wished more apple flavours or at least less quince on the palate. Overall, it is a good and quality product that will go well with white fish and crepes with goat cheese. 4.5/6

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

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