Gutshof Kraatz Cydonia 2018

Quince is a quite tough fruit to work with due to its high astringency. For this reason, most fruit wine producers tend to blend it with apple juice or other fruit juice to reduce its astringency and make the fruit wine more palatable. But Florian Profitlich of Gutshof Kraatz took the risk and released a 100% quince wine made with locally sourced quinces in the Uckermark. Let’s try this beauty! 

Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Germany
Fruits: made from quinces coming from local orchards
ABV: 5.5%
Package type: 750ml clear glass wine bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is medium. Some sediment in the bottom.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong (literally pours out of the glass) and clear with dominating notes of quince with some lemon to it.

Taste: my first taste is bone dry with a moderate acidity of lemon. Quince, some bitter note incl. grapefruit-like bitterness and moderate astringency on the mid-palate. Finishes with a lovely and refreshing note of lemon.

Overall: If you don’t have a clue how a quince may taste like, then you should definitely sample the Gutshof Kraatz Cydonia 2018. Its scent and taste are all about quince. Although the nose is very strong and intense, I didn’t get many notes on the nose apart from the note of quince and citrusy notes of lemon. The palate seems to be more complex with more variety of notes that can be identified but still quince is the dominating one. Also, it has a very good length that lets you enjoy all these flavours that come out while tasting. Again, if you compare my tasting notes with Cydonia 2016 that I sampled previously, you will find significant differences, which shows how the weather may impact the taste of cider/wine. Due to the bone-dry taste and a bit high astringency, I wouldn’t recommend to drink it on its own but to rather pair it with food. If you choose Cydonia 2018 to pair with fish, asparagus or soft cheese I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 4.5/6    

Availability: from their online shop. In Frankfurt from Apfelweinhandlung.

Price: Florian contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their Apfelwein.

Gutshof Kraatz Cydonia 2016

The word ‘Cydonia’ has at least two meanings. It can be a region on Mars or a fruit if referring to Cydonia oblonga M.better known as quince. For his quince wine, Florian from Gutshof Kraatz uses only fruits from local orchards in the North of Uckermark. To be honest, I haven’t had a quince wine before. But I have very pleasant memories with quince liquor made by my friend’s dad. I remember the fruity, lightly acidic taste breaking down the sweetness and a lovely astringent taste to it. Hopefully, the Cydonia crafted by Florian will bring back these memories.Company: Gutshof Kraatz
Place of Origin: Nordwestuckermark-Kraatz, Germany
Fruits: made from quinces coming from local orchards
ABV: 6.5%
Package type: 750ml clear glass wine bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass

Appearance: pours a beautiful, crystal deep clear pale straw with no head. No visible carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is intense, rich and fruity with notes of mirabelle plum, peach, unripe and ripe quince, ripe pumpkin and ripe juicy cantaloupe.

Taste: the initial taste is only slightly sweet with a pleasant medium lemon-like acidity. Then it gets more fruity with notes of ripe and unripe quince, the mirabelle plum, pumpkin, ripe cantaloupe and a light astringent taste. It finishes dry with lingering fruity notes of mirabelle plum, quince, cantaloupe, a lightly chalky taste and a note of lemon drops with a distant herbal note.

Overall: Cydonia is another great wine from Florian of Gutshof Kraatz, only this time it’s made from other fruits than apples, quinces. Interestingly, the Cydonia has nothing in common with the liquor from my memories as it is sophisticated, very rich with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, with extremely long lingering wonderfully captured fruity notes, which are typical for wines made by Florian as I’ve noticed. Cydonia is a light and refreshing wine, which can be consumed alone or with food. A wine to fall in love with. 5/6

Availability: from their online shop, through Q Regio. In Frankfurt from Apfelweinkontor and Apfelweinhandlung. In Berlin from Schaufenster Uckermark located in the Markthalle Neun. In Poland through Vinoteka in Szczecin.

Price: Florian contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their Apfelwein.