Sidra de Asturias de Mayador Bodegas Mayador
My bottle of Sidra de Asturias de Mayador Bodegas Mayador Natural Cider (6.0% alcohol by volume) is vintage 2015 but it still has plenty of life. Is is masde from Asturian apples, fermented in chestnut barrels and unfiltered. Removing the cork releases a floral, earthy, tart apple smell with a trace of mild funk. It pours bright gold with good reflectance and a modest long pour (a couple of feet) produces a ring of bubbles around the rim. It is bone dry but aple rich with lemonade levels of tartness and a touch of tannin of the finish to most the dryness to the farther reaches of bone dry. The tannin has elements of apple and wood. The cider has an earthiness and some background funk that add depth and character. I am having this with sushi and am pleased as punch with the pairing but this might go even better with some tapas, a paella, oysters, or some Garrotxa or Idiazábal. With their expansion Mayador is going corporate with some cider cocktails, sparkling ciders, and other products that stray from Basque traditional cider but this one is excellent and true to form. I rate it 90.