Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 8 Aug 2015

The humble apple is a tight package of huge potential, you can bake, stew and fry them, juice, crumble and mousse them.  Thankfully we also have a hugely innovative craft cider industry, so there’s no shortage of people out there who are dedicated to fermenting them.  When it comes to master craftsmen, the team at Peckhams’s in Nelson are experimenting beyond their ‘core’ business…


Peckham’s Hopped Cider 500ml $7.40peckhams hopped cider

The cider apples that grow on the Peckham’s property are surrounded by fields of hops, Nelson’s other star crop.  So why not have a crack at brewing them together?  This snap, crackle and pop blend  has a gentle, herbaceous edge to the dry, apple tang.  Super tasty when served super-chilled.

peckhams pommeauPeckham’s Moutere Pommeau 375ml $19.90

This limited edition creation is a blend of Peckham’s own apple brandy , which is aged in oak barrels for a year before being blended with cider apple juice.  It smells like a rich, syupy tarte tartin and tastes smooth and luxurious, honeyed and spicy. A wee dram of this with a chunk of great aged gouda – and you’ve got something insanely good.

Peckham’s Moutere Ice Cider 375ml $14.90peckhams ice cider

Crafted on similar principles to ice wine, fresh harvested apples are pressed and the juice is frozen before being slowly thawed during the winter months.  The first 25% of the thawed juice is used to create this intensely flavoured, sweet, toffee-apple ish treat.  Beautifully balanced and tangy, it’s the perfect dessert in a glass.