Sidrada Brut

When I visited Porto, Portugal two years ago, I obviously kept an eye out for local cider. But the only ciders I found were industrial cider brands. No wonder, I didn’t come across any real cider in Portugal since Sidrada was set up only in 2017. Sidrada is made up by Nuno and Liliana, who wanted to put an end to apple waste in West Portugal. In 2016, Liliana visited Nuno’s orchards, who is an apple and pear grower in 3rd generation. After she noticed plenty of small and ugly fruits lying around and going to waste, she challenged Nuno to make something beautiful out of it. This is how Sidrada was created.

The Sidrada Brut is my first Portuguese cider. It’s made from three apple varieties, Royal Gala, Granny Smith and Reinette. 11 apples were needed to make 750ml of this cider.Company: Sidrada
Place of Origin: Bombarral, Centro, Portugal
locally grown Royal Gala, Granny Smith and Reinette
Package type: 
750ml clear glass corked wine bottle
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours an almost clear pale amber and a tiny white head that slowly dissipates. Low carbonation. Body medium.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is moderately strong and sweetish with notes of ripe red berries, red-fleshed apple and apple flesh.

Taste: it begins dry with a medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, ripe red berries, champagne-like note, red-fleshed apples, low bitterness. Finishes dry with a touch of bitterness and notes typical for champagne.

Overall: Once I read that the Brut is made with typical dessert apples, I thought that I’m not gonna like this one. Especially, that Granny Smith usually gives a note typical for this apple variety. But it turns out that I was completely wrong. The Sidrada Brut is a smooth cider with very nicely balanced acidity and notes that must come from ageing on the lees. It is a light cider with a longlasting taste that doesn’t resemble any cider I had so far that was made with dessert apples. It tastes like a cross between champagne with a touch of rosé. It’s very elegant and I wished that carbonation was even higher as it would be a great alternative to champagne or sparkling white wine. In my opinion, it will go well with fish or white meat. I would buy more. 4.5/6

Availability: mainly in Portugal. But also in France.

Price: a sample of this cidre was provided by Liliana from Sidrada.