Gutshof Kraatz Altländer Pfannkuchenapfel Schaumwein 2017

This is one of the products that I sampled during the visit to Florian Profitlich’s premises in the Uckermark. At the time, Florian wasn’t really fond of his product as, during secondary fermentation in the bottle, wild flavours appeared that he’s not a fan of. Whether I loved it? Just read below.

Altländer Pfannkuchenapfel is an old apple variety dating back to 1840 in Altes Land near Hamburg. It’s actually a cooker with pleasant acidity.Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany
Apples: Altländer Pfannkuchenapfel locally grown in the Uckermark
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 8%
Package type: 750ml green champagne bottle wired and corked
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear golden with a huge white head. High carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of pear, leather, quince, yellow apples and distant hexane.

Taste: my first impression is dry with no residual sweetness and medium acidity of lemon. The mid-palate has notes of yellow apples, Bretts, smokiness, notes coming from lees, low astringency. Finishes citrusy with some bitterness of grapefruit pith.

Overall: My tasting notes don’t show the beauty of this product. It’s one of the most pleasant ciders or sparkling Apfelweins that I recently had. The taste is complex, wild and has an incredible length. The finish is citrusy with delicious flavours of grapefruit pith. Florian is a fan of clear taste in cider and didn’t like the notes of leather and Bretts. But these flavours are exactly what make this cider so special and give it more depth. I shared a bottle with a friend and she also enjoyed the Altländer Pfannkuchenapfel. Perhaps not as much as I did but still. So despite some wild notes on the palate, it is a product for everyone. This is definitely something I will buy again. 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.