Friday, 30 March 2018

Chainring Cider Co Mosaic Madness 2017


The brainchild of Golden Grove Estate's diminutive winemaker Ray Costanzo and self-described mountain bike 'warrior'. 

Chainring Cider Co was founded simply because a mate of his doesn’t drink beer. After a mountain bike ride he would always drink cider while the rest of the group drank Costanzo's homebrew. Costanzo said he'd make his mate a cider but couldn’t help throwing in some left-over hops. 


When not making wine, and now cider, Costanzo has been a key figure in the development of a mountain bike club and construction of a track on the Granite Belt - a handy hobby to have. He's a firey too for his local rural brigade. A community man indeed.

A small batch production of 500L made from locally grown Granite Belt Pink Lady apples. The fruit was crushed and Mosaic hops were tipped in. Bottle fermented and still on full yeast lees in the bottle.

This cider is deliciously refreshing. The fruit is clean. It's certainly hoppy and leesy and super moreish. It thins out a tad in the mid-palate but you can overlook that for its a refreshing appeal. Subtle creaminess, a touch of sweetness comes early but finishes bone dry. The pleasure from the textural feels and long finish ticks all the boxes. The first of many more releases to come.

Drink now.

92/100

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $20 (750mL) or $7 (330mL)
Source: Sample
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