Kertelreiter Quince 2019

The Kertelreiter Quince 2019 is a quince wine made with the fruit donated by friends and neighbors. Barry must be either well known and respected in his home town or have really a lot of friends since in 2018 they gave him 450kg of quince. Not bad!

Previously, I sampled Barry’s perry, the Levitation 2019 and cider, the An Craobh Airgid 2019.

Company: Kertelreiter Cider
Place of Origin: Schefflenz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Fruits: quince
Sweetness as per label: dry
ABV: 6,2%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or tumbler

Appearance: pours a bit cloudy pale golden yellow with a greenish hue. The carbonation is very low and natural. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and fruity with a beautiful note of quince. I’m not getting anything else apart from quince.

Taste: it begins bone dry with high acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, notes of quince, lemon low bitterness. Finishes dry with notes of quince and green, unripe lemon.

Overall: The Kertelreiter Quince 2019 is not going to be everyone’s favorite. High acidity in the first sip may give one a better awakening kick than a morning espresso. But with the second sip you can really get to appreciate further notes that are on the mid-palate. I especially liked the combination of quince, lemon and green, unripe lemon as I thought it contributed very nicely to the overall impression of this quince wine. Although the nose war really pleasant, fruity, there wasn’t a big variety of flavors as I could get mostly only the notes of quince. Also, I was rather surprised by the lack of tannins as usually quince is mixed with other fruits due to high tannin content. Interesting. Food-wise, due to high acidity I think it would pair very nicely with fish. Despite rather one-dimensional and quince-lemon character I enjoyed it and would buy it again. 4/6

Availability: from their online shop– they also ship to other EU countries!

Price: Barry provided me with a sample.

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.

Floribunda Quitten-Cider/Cider alla Cotogna

Let’s try some Italian cider for a change. At CiderWorld 2019 in Frankfurt, the Floribunda Quitten-Cider/Cider alla Cotogna picked up Honor in the category Sparkling Cider, Flavoured & Mixed. As a refresher, Floribunda is a small family business from Salorno, South Tyrol, Italy and is made up by Franz and his daughter Magdalena.

Their Quitten-Cider/Cider alla Cotogna is a mix of apple and quince. This cider is naturally fermented in the bottle. Company: Floribunda
Place of Origin: Salurn/Salorno, South Tyrol, Italy
Ingredients: apple and quince
ABV: 6%
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass:  flute, chalice glass or wine glass

Note: no sulphites, organic

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow with a large white head that reduces to a ring.  High and natural carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is moderately strong, dry and fruity with notes of quince, yellow apple and malt, which slightly reminds me of beer. 

Taste: my first impression is dry with moderate acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, a bit watery taste, yellow apple, quince, yeast, lemon and malt. Finishes dry with a touch of astringency and notes of quince and apples.

Overall: I had this cider on a hot day outdoors in Berlin. And, it made its job. I thought that the Quitten-Cider from Floribunda tasted refreshing and fruity. And, it has to be said that high and natural carbonation contributed a lot to its refreshing taste. Also, the taste was long leaving a lovely quince aftertaste to it. I wish it had more notes both on the notes and on the palate but overall it met my expectations. I would drink it again. 4/6

Availability: directly from Floribunda. In Spain from Aramburu Cultura Gastronómica.

Price: Franz kindly passed me a bottle at CiderWorld 2019 in Frankfurt

Ramborn Apple and Quince Blend 2017

It’s time to turn to Ramborn cider that was made in 2017 in combination with quince. It’s their limited edition cider.Company: Ramborn Cider Co.
Place of Origin: Born, Luxembourg
Fruit: apples and quinces
ABV: 7%
Package type: 750ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale golden and a huge white foam that slowly reduces to a ring. High carbonation. Body is medium. Sediment on the bottom.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is moderately strong. Notes of wood, unidentified fruits, mirabelle plum, quince, banana and yeast.

Taste: my first taste is dry with a touch of sweetness, low acidity of lemon. Smokiness, low to medium astringency, distant apricot, watery, a bit yeasty. Finishes with a touch of astringency, herbal notes, low bitterness and off-taste of yeast.

Overall: my first time trying this cider was at Cider Gourmet in Frankfurt at CiderWorld2019. I loved its fruitiness and low residual sweetness that rounded up the taste. But judging by the taste of the currently sampled cider, fermentation must have kicked in again making this cider highly carbonated, taste bone dry and yeasty. Unfortunately, for this review, I should evaluate a bottle that was sent to me by Ramborn not cider I had at Cider Gourmet. And, the content of a bottle of Apple and Quince Blend 2017 that was provided by Ramborn is weak. The nose is not rich. The palate is unbalanced, a bit yeasty, not really fruity and with a rather short finish. It’s drinkable but drinking is not entertaining like it was at Cider Gourmet. So I think it would be fair to give two scores. Cider at CiderGourmet would get most probably 4.5 (based on my memories) but this particular bottle sent me for a review gets only 2/6. 

Availability: in Luxembourg from Ramborn’s farm.

Price: Apple & Quince Blend was sent to me by Ramborn Cider Co.

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.