Award-winning cider maker and Food Drink Devon Awards sponsor, Sandford Orchards, has launched Devon Rosé Cider.
It is a medium sweet blush cider, made from English apples and the skins of Pinot Noir red wine grapes. It will be available from February in 500ml bottles RRP £2.80 from www.sandfordorchards.co.uk as well as selected retail outlets, pubs and hospitality venues.
Barny Butterfield, Chief Cidermaker at Sandford Orchards comments:
“As cider evangelists, we love nothing more than creating a new cider guaranteed to entice more people to become fans of this fabulous apple nectar. We’re confident that Devon Rosé Cider is one of those drinks. Lovingly produced here in Devon, from locally grown apples, we’ve fermented the cider with the skins of Pinot Noir grapes to give it a delicate pink hue and a fruity kick.”
Devon Rosé Cider (ABV 4%) is an elegantly clean and fresh rosé cider, bursting with the fruitiness of Pinot Noir red wine grapes. It is a delicious, medium sweet cider made from Browns, Katja and Jane apple varieties which are fermented with grape skins to give the cider a fabulous depth of flavour and a beautiful blush colouring. It can be enjoyed on its own or as the ideal accompaniment for a goat cheese tart or Devon high tea.
Founded in 2002, independent, family-owned Sandford Orchards is based in Crediton, Mid Devon in the oldest working cider mill in the UK. The area has long been known as one of the most fertile parishes in all of Britain, both for its grazing and ability to grow apples. Crediton sits in the lee of the moors, so receives the right amount of rain and the right units of heat in summer.
Sandford Orchards takes a fresh, natural and low impact approach to producing cider. Combining tradition and innovation, Sandford Orchards produces an award-winning range of core session, traditional, fine and fruit ciders.
Sandford Orchards takes a low impact approach to producing cider:
Their orchards act as carbon sinks, promote soil health and support biodiversity
Their apples are all grown in a 20 mile radius of the cider works
Their by-products are bio-converted locally into natural green gas and CO2, which is used to carbonate their ciders
They use locally coppiced regenerating woodlands for fuel for heating water and have installed solar panels which produce 25% of their required electricity
They are working towards having all their company vehicles charged by renewable power.
They use natural lighting, rainwater harvested from their roofs and insulation to reduce their energy requirements
Their cider is produced using filtration and cold sterilisation and without the need for boiling ingredients