TeePee Cider The Earl’s Drop Methode Albion Cider 2017 750ml 6.7% $28

Created by retired radiologist Dr Trevor Fitzjohn ONZM, TeePee is a new artisan cider crafted from a tiny, organic, heritage, cider apple orchard in the Wairarapa. The grass which grows around the trees is kept manicured by the nibbly trimming of ever-present sheep. With a dream of creating traditional West Country cider Down Under, he uses predominantly Kingston Black apples crushed and pressed in the traditional rack and cloth manner. They’re naturally fermented with artesian well water, then re-fermented in the bottle with a Champagne yeast and a ‘nutmeg’ of sugar and aged on its yeast lees for 4 years in the ancient, methode albion style. Copper-gold in the glass, scented with subtle, spiced apple notes, and boasting super-fine bubbles and a supremely elegant, delicately dry mouthfeel, it’s stunning stuff.  I love the ye-olde-worldy label too.  Only teensy amounts are produced, so be warned.

TeePee Cider