This week I'm very happy to introduce you all to my favourite Australian Cider - The Apple Thief - Pink Lady Cider from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
I first discovered this Cider last October (2011) when Pete and I travelled down to Bowral in the Southern Highlands to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The bar at the hotel we were staying at had a funky little promotional 'table talker' where we were seated. I was instantly drawn to the quirky logo and the fact that it was local to the area we were staying. We were waiting for our taxi to Biota Dining which arrived a little early, hence preventing us from trying the cider at the bar.
Persistent, we decided to stop in at the Dan Murphy's at Mittagong on the way back home to Sydney assuming that they would stock this particular local cider. Unfortunately, they didn't and so our introduction to The Apple Thief didn't eventuate.
Fast forward to February this year when we ventured back to Bowral to spend the weekend. We stopped in at Josh's Cafe at Berrima and noticed the cider on the menu.A couple at the table a few across from us were enjoying two bottles - I was intrigued by it's pink colour. Having already ordered wine to go with our lunch we didn't get to try it there either.
Determined, we decided to stop in at the bottle shop at the Bowral Hotel and try our luck again.
We managed to snare the very last 4-pack. Super excited, we tried it that night and were both very impressed.
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The first thing you notice about this cider apart from it's gorgeous pinkish hue is how fresh it tastes. What I really love about it is that it isn't overly yeasty like many of the mainstream ciders on the market. Produced by a winemaker at Eling Forest Winery in Sutton Forest, this cider has sophistication.
Not only is this cider delicious, it is crisp and has a medium finish which is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the apples. Characteristic of the pink lady apple variety, this cider displays a slight tartness which works really well.
This cider will be sure to impress. As I have said - It's my favourite Australian cider!
At 4.5% alcohol, a 330ml bottle will provide you with 1.5 standard drinks.
After speaking with Charlie from The Apple Thief, I can confirm that not only are they widening their distribution channels, but they are currently developing Granny Smith and Red Delicious cider varieties.
Got to love that!
$16.99 per pack of 4
$89.95 per case of 24
Available: Online @ The Oak Barrel click here
Eling Forest Winery, Sutton Forest, NSW
Shady Pines Saloon Darlinghurst
The Baxter Inn, Sydney
Lord Dudley, Paddington
Four in Hand, Paddington
Dicks Hotel, Balmain
Sackville Hotel, Rozelle - Coming soon
For more information & additional stockists check online @ The Apple Thief
Tell me, have you tried The Apple Thief Cider? What did you think?