Cider tastings just after breakfast? Well why not. We are on holiday after all. After our tasty breakfast, we carried on wandering around the farmers’ market, and stopped at the Edgebrook cider company for a chat and some tastings.
Whilst shooting the breeze about the state of cider the world over (the evil of Magners and Bulmers selling cider to be served over ice), we enjoyed tastings of their three ciders, which are all deliberately English in style.
Edgebrook Festive cider is a Kentish or Suffolk style of cider, made from dessert fruit which makes it light, nicely acidic and not very tannic. It’s a blend of five varieties of Hawkes Bay grown apples, including Ballarat, Braeburn and Pink Lady. On our rides we’ve seen a lot of orchards 🙂
We also tried Edgebrook Village cider, very much a west country style (the kind that Mrs MOFAD grew up on), a mixutre of sharp and sweet, with more tannins coming through.
Once again, it’s a blend of five varieties of Hawkes Bay grown apples, including New Zealand Queen, New Zealand Rose and Pink Lady.
Our other tasting was Edgebrook Orchard cider, which is more in the scrumpy style, much drier. Yet again, a blend of five varieties of Hawkes Bay grown apples, including New Zealand Queen and New Zealand Rose. s: A blend of five varieties of 100% Hawke’s Bay grown apples. Predominant cultivars are New Zealand Queen and Rose.
Whilst we could have stayed here chatting cider all day, we had wineries to get to, so had to bid the lovely chaps at Edgebrook adieu, after buying a bottle to enjoy later on.
We also liked their designs, very reminiscent of the art deco stylings of nearby Napier…