Originally founded in 1990 by James and Cathy Lane, Gospel Green cyder is handcrafted using the 'Traditional Method' as employed in the Champagne region of France.
Based in the South Downs National Park and since bought by Brock Bergius, in 2016, Gospel Green use the finest Blackmoor Estate apples to produce their delicious and sophisticated sparkling cyder - from Hampshire orchard to bottle in less than a mile.
The ‘Traditional Method’ technique used to produce the cyder means that it is fermented for four months in vats, followed by a minimum of 10 months in the bottle.
Once secondary fermentation is complete, the bottles are then disgorged and a ‘dosage’ is added to develop the ‘Brut’ taste (in exceptional years, Gospel Green is also able to produce an ‘Ultra Brut’).
This traditional process makes this cyder perfect for every occasion and a superb English alternative to Champagne, Prosecco and Cava.
The wine writer Matthew Jukes has said of this quintessentially English drop: “It is amazing, forget all the pretenders this is the real artisan deal, handmade with skill and love."
The 2016 vintage, which was the first of the ‘new era’ and released in 2018, is a blend of five varieties of dessert apples from the Blackmoor Estate orchards.
It’s not unknown for the cyder to appear on farm shop and wine boutique shelves alongside English sparkling wine offerings from the likes of Wiston Estate, Nyetimber and Rathfinny. Exceptional company indeed, then.
Gospel Green is also attracting national awards and acclaim, with The Original Cyder coming in highly commended by the Great British Food Awards 2018 for its taste, provenance and appearance.
This delicious cyder is approved for vegan and vegetarian consumption and gluten free by the Institut Oenologique de Champagne, and is available in select stockists nationwide – as well as direct from the Gospel Green online shop.
Local Food Hampshire says
You'd have to have been living in a French wine cellar not to have noticed the rise and rise of English sparkling wine in recent years but Gospel Green Cyder offers yet another alternative for those looking for a taste of Britain instead of Champagne.
With its beautiful packaging and delectable flavour, this cyder appeals to even the most wine fixated palate.
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