Little Pomona, Hard Rain on the Beech 2020
Little Pomona is a cidery based in Herefordshire and run by James and Susanna Forbes. They use traditional apple varieties and low intervention methods to produce their lively and delicious ciders.
When legendary orchard man and good friend Rob Uren brought a little over 600kg of White Beech, a rare apple, once prized by the old cidermakers, James and Susanna were like kids at Christmas!
They pressed these along with some Major, a super-rich, sweet spicy apple, and Browns, all juicy citrus, first into tank but then subsequently moving it into four barrels, a mixture of ex-cognac, white burgundy and chianti, to finish fermentation.
What developed over time was everything they had hoped for. On the nose this is sweet and perfumed, think ripe peach, honey and lemon blossom. On the palate it is gloriously mouth watering, like stuffing fruit gums into your face one after the other and, although technically bone dry, the fruit and barrel have combined to create an illusion of fruit sweetness that is really hard to believe.
Drink cool. Not cold. Gluten free. Contains naturally occurring sulphites.