Helmut & Hedwig Dolde - ASekt Brut Cider Kardinal Bea 2016


Producer:  Helmut & Hedwig Dolde

Country:  Germany

Region:  Swabia

Subregion or Appellation: Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg)

Viticulture: Uncertified by any authority, Helmut Dolde is guided by his dedication to caring for the wild, alpine terroir he wants to preserve for future generations. Helmut eschews the organic movement—because it allows the use of copper sulfates—and focuses instead on leaving the soil in a better condition than he found it.  A former scientist, he’s constantly experimenting with synthetics that do less harm and are more biodegradable than treatments allowed under certain organic certifications. 

Terroir:  Mainly Jurassic (white and brown marl over sand and limestone) plus a small amount of volcanic soils

Varieties Grown:  Silvaner, Riesling, Spätburgunder, Pinot Noir, Schwarzriesling (Pinot Meunier), Weißburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Kerner, Dornfelder

Domaine Size: < 2 ha


Méthode Champenoise apple cider

Apples:  Red-skinned Kardinal Bea apples hand-selected and carefully pressed to juice

Vintage:  2016 Harvest

Fermentation:  6 months in stainless

Élevage:  Méthode Champenoise with 2 years on the lees before disgorgement

ABV: 8.5%

Notes:  hand harvested from big majestic trees between 80 and 100 years old; unfined, unfiltered, minimal added sulfur, low sugar content apples