Manon APQ Cider 202114929
REGION: Adelaide Hills, SA
SIZE: 750ml / ABV: 8%
APQ Apple, Pear & Quince cider. Created as Autumn takes hold and the grape harvest comes to an end. The usual mixture of certified organic apples from the Schulz family of Forest Range, pears and wild quince collected from around our neighbourhood. Pulped, macerated for a day, and then pressed through Summer meadow hay cut from our farm. 2021 APQ has an element of its fermentation in clay amphora along with old French oak barrels. Bottled as a Pet Nat with a further year and half of slow fermentation in bottle. A thirst quenching, delightfully fruity combination and a refreshing beverage when seeking something lower in alcohol and higher in life. Like our wine, this cider remains raw and living.
Manon Farm is perched high up (600 meters elevation) on the Forest Range ridge of the Adelaide Hills nestled between the Basket Range and Lenswood. With a dramatic view straight down to the Gulf St Vincent below this unique situation is very rewarding for the vines as cooling air is drawn straight up and over the farm from the ocean. This combined with the elevation results in an extra long, slow ripening period for the grapes and ideal growing conditions for our organic approach.
The ridge was formed some 600 million years ago during the Cambrian period and as such there is a great complexity of very, very old rocks - predominately mica schists with large seams of iron stone quartz then a red clay layer and lastly a thin but beautiful top soil formed by ancient eucalypt forests and the passage of time... This super abundance of quartz and mica (silica) makes for very mineral driven wines.
The vines are dry farmed and the land is tended using Biodynamic culture - a holistic farming method in sync with the rhythms of the earth and the cosmos which is dear to our hearts and hands. This is incredibly enriching and satisfying for us and the land. We wish not to control Nature but to work with, listen to and be attentive every step of the way. Creating a truly diverse working farm with vines, orchards, vegetables and native forest. Our own world truly humming with the vibration of life.