Sundström Cider

Hudson Valley

Leif Sundström runs one of the country’s most forward-thinking cideries, focused on varietal typicity, terroir, promotion of improved variety selection in the orchard, progressive orchard practices, and minimalist cellar work. Working with sustainably grown, heirloom apple varieties from historical cider-producing regions around New York State, he makes small quantities of dry, vinous ciders. They are complex, textural, acid-driven, and meant to age and evolve in bottle. Leif’s work is animated by his search for “the impacts of terroir and agriculture on cider’s ultimate potential.”

Sundström Cider 2017 Sponti

Sponti is a spontaneous cuvee – a cross-regional representation of New York State terroir, with a blend that changes a bit each year in accordance with apple agriculture and a growing defining of our local terroir. Sponti’s blend is always based on Northern Spy (55% in 2017) and native NE heirloom apples (23% Goldrush, 12% Baldwin, 5% Wickson, 5% Manchurian Crab). The 2017 vintage is focused on northern New York terroirs, drawing fruit from 2 orchards in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario regions. Apples for this cuvée were sweat for 2 weeks, followed with 50% macerated ~18 hours prior to pressing. Native fermentations lasted between 4 and 18 weeks, ciders were then aged on the gross lees for 2-4 weeks before being racked to fine lees. 80% aged sur lie in stainless, 20% sur lie in neutral oak barrique until bottling in June of 2018. Bottled by traditional method without disgorgement. No fining or filtration. Sulfured only once at racking, in accordance with pH, at ~30ppm. Sponti 2017 drinks with a surprising breadth and length, with aromas of pit fruits, cured apple, cambium, tea leaf and cherry. The palate is bright with focused ripe acids that go reference cherry (from the Wickson and crab), lemon (from Baldwin), and pit fruits (Goldrush). There is a surprising phenolic structure that gives frame and energy to the cider with a persistent earthy apple and mineralic overtone.

  • 2017
  • Baldwin, Goldrush, Manchurian Crab, Northern Spy, Wickson
  • United States
  • New York
  • Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario
  • Stainless steel, neutral barrique
  • Stainless steel
  • 0.0
  • 750 ml

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