Winnica Lipowiec Cydr Roztoczański Sad 2020

Winnica Lipowiec was established in 2008 in Lipowiec by the Popko family. Lipowiec is a village located right next to the Roztoczanski National Park in southeastern Poland. And, “winnica” stands for vineyard in Polish. As the name already indicates, Winnica Lipowiec specializes in making wine, not cider. However, as you can see the Popko family also caught the cider bug thanks to the Lubelskie Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Cydru ( Lublin Cider Enthusiasts Association) that gathers cider aficionados located in Lublin Voivodeship.

The Winnica Lipowiec Cydr Roztoczański Sad 2020 is a blend of locally and organically grown old apple varieties such as Boskoop, Bohnapfel, Reinette du Canada and many others fermented with selected yeast. Subsequently, this cider was bottle conditioned and disgorged.

Although with the current volume of 100-150 L Winnica Lipowiec is still in the experimental phase, Leszek Popko is already planning to increase the production capacity and release a few ciders next year.

It’s the first time that I’m sampling a craft cider from this part of Poland.

Company: Winnica Lipowiec
Place of Origin: Lipowiec, Lublin Voivodeship, Poland
Apples: a blend of old apple varieties such as Boskoop, Bohnapfel, Reinette du Canada and a couple of others
ABV: 7%
Package type: 750ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler

Appearance: pours a cloudy dark golden yellow with a small head. Moderate to high carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is rather weak. Even after (almost) putting my nose inside the glass, I could only get faint notes of yellow apples and some quince.

Taste: my first taste is bone dry with a moderate to high acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of lemon, yellow apples, slightly watery taste, and low astringency with some quince. Finishes dry with a lingering note of lemon and a touch of bitterness.

Overall: I hate to say it but Cydr Roztoczański Sad 2020 didn’t meet my expectations. It’s taste is unfortunately one-dimensional. The palate is basically dominated by notes of lemon, some quince and lees – not disturbing, definitely adding complexity to this cider. Also, the scent was almost not-existent. All this taken together leads to a conclusion that it’s not enough to call this cider a good one. My friend who also sampled this cider thought that the level of acidity was too high for her palate. In my opinion, the level of acidity was fine but still drinking this cider didn’t give me any pleasure. Not bad but not really good. It feels really hard to write this knowing how much efforts were put into making this cider. Cydr Roztoczański Sad 2020 has a potential but it is just not there yet. It’s drinkable, but preferably with food (I would recommend pairing it with fish dishes). Please don’t hate me. Fingers crossed for the next experiments! 3/6    

Availability: not available for sale yet

Price: a sample of this cider was provided by Leszek from Winnica Lipowiec