We’ve already recommended a Norwegian cider this this year but something can’t be recommended enough so for this week we are bringing back som great apples from Hardanger.
The producers with the great name Hardangergutane, The Hardanger Boys in English, are two brothers, Kristian and Karl Magnus Andersen. Their family farm is situated in Sekse, just south of Ullensvang, famous for the old hotel, and on the opposite side of the fjord from Aga. The family has long traditions for making cider but is relatively new on the exiting cider scene here in Norway.
The South Fjord, where both they and Aga are situated is a deeper fjord than the one going in to Ulvik. That means the water is colder and this has an effect on the microclimate here compared to Ulvik. My sense is that the cider from the South Fjord is more acidic and sometimes tougher than the slighter and more floral cider from Ulvik. Both are great though and it all depends on what you prefer and like.
The cider that Hardangergutane produces reflect that, but I was pleasantly surprised by the elegance of this week’s recommendation.
Vindpust 159,90 kr
Beautiful pale yellow colour. On the nose, fresh and ripe green apples hits you right away. It so pleasant and nice. In the mouth the first ting I notice is the balance. Near perfect between sweetness and acidity. It is so good and fresh as well and so good to just enjoy. I had it with sushi and it was a superb combination.
We are really getting so many new and exciting producers of quality cider! The future is as golden as the colour in the glass.