ROW: Our cider has a beautiful natural apple green / straw colour, it needs no further
enhancement from colouring or flavour.
There must be no artificial carbonation for draught products.
ROW: Our cider has a natural slight effervescence requiring no additional carbonation.
Sweetener may be added to fermented Cider/Perry to make it sweet or medium.
ROW: Generally our apple mixture gives a good balanced dry cider which we prefer
to provide to you with no additional sugar sweetener. For those who do prefer we
also produce a quantity of Tasty Old Wife and Blushing Old Wife which are medium.
The addition of water is permitted to bring the alcoholic content of the Cider/Perry
down to the level required by the producer. Ideally, however the minimum juice content
should not be lower than 90% volume.
ROW: We let nature make the decision and all our cider starts out with 100% volume
juice content. Alcoholic content will vary but never exceeds the 8.5% abv legal maximum
for cider production. We do not make a cider in excess of this and then water back
down (as some larger commercial producers do)
No micro filtration allowed (this takes all the yeast, leaving a "dead" product).
ROW: At the crushing and juice stage our product is strained though course sieves
to remove any pieces. After this no micro-filtration is done and we carefully leave
the oak fermentation barrel sediment behind before freshly placing into the delivery
barrel. This ensures a clear / clean cider. We feel if you want to have something
floating in it better to add a straw or an ice cube later!
Who is behind Rough Old Wife Cider?
As they say a picture tells a thousand stories so have a look below. Its a family
and friends affair started by Jan & Andy Maclean and Simon & Annie Reed as the main
partners. Today Simon & Annie run the business but everybody mucks in at picking
and pressing time and as much of last years cider as possible helps to keep the troops
going over the few weeks! You may spot the resident farm dog and her unique apple
picking technique - for those we might have missed!