Scrumpy Ewe, 'Farmhouse Dry' 2023

Scrumpy Ewe, 'Farmhouse Dry' 2023

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Grower: Scrumpy Ewe Cider
Region: West Fulton, NY, USA
Apples:  Golden Russet, Wickson, Franklin, Porter's Perfection, Dabinett, Binet Rouge
Viticulture: Organic
Category: Cider, Sparkling

Whether it is from the fruit we grow at Scrumpy Ewe Farm or from various orchards we work with in the Fingerlakes, all Scrumpy Ewe Cider begins with individually hand-selecting each apple based on its unique characteristics to be used as a stand alone single varietal or part of greater, and very strategic, blends.

Ryan McGiver, sole-proprietor, farmer, orchardist, shepherd, pommelier, started planting European and heirloom American cider varieties in three test orchards in Schoharie Co over a decade ago. He now maintains over 800 trees, 17 cider-centric apple varieties on both modern, high density dwarf and traditional standard rootstock plantings. His small flock of Jacob sheep and Sebastopol geese provide natural fertilizer to both orchard systems and all are irrigated with pristine, mountain spring water, in an effort to maintain regenerative, organic-like farm practices.


*Gold Medal Winner.

The 2023 Farmhouse Dry is a full-bodied, aromatic, slightly astringent cider that showcases a bittersharp & bittersweet heavy blend of apples.

Balanced acidity. Unfiltered. Medium acidity. Moderately sparkling in a bottle conditioned style for fine bubbles, this minimal intervention cider has very little sulfites added.  Bottled February 2023.

Palate: Citrus (grapefruit and lemon), fruit forward, mouthwatering acidity that hits very quickly.  Mid palate "crabby" tannins.  Subtle, but lingering finish characterized by "softer", bittersweet tannins.

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