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Patois Cider

'Parallel Voicing' Co-Fermented Pet Nat 2020

$22.00

'Parallel Voicing' Co-Fermented Pet Nat 2020

Patois Cider

'Parallel Voicing' Co-Fermented Pet Nat 2020

$22.00

54% Vidal Blanc grapes from Bluestone Vineyard in Rockingham County. 1100’ elevation, silt loam of weathered limestone, sandstone, and shale with chert fragments.

46% Crab and Heirloom Apples (Zabergau Reinette, Wickson, Gold Rush, Limbertwig, Northern Spy, Somerset Redstreak, Seedlings) from Morris Orchard in Amherst County. 950’ elevation, clays of granitic schist.

2020 was a difficult spring, with multiple killing frosts after bud break. Fruit that did survive experienced a shortened ripening window, which with additional rains around harvest, kept fruit light and lean. Despite picking nearly everything a week or more later than in 2019, this vintage brings freshness and energy.

-Patrick Collins 

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The focus of Patois Cider is balance: How do wild trees maintain their ecological equilibrium, and how can an orchard mirror this dynamic? How will several successions of microorganisms collectively transform the fruit? How do I align myself and my work with the interconnecting cycles of nature?

This process is shifting and part of a larger rediscovery of a lost American cidermaking tradition.  A cuvée will change year to year, reflecting seasonal differences in the fruit or adaptive techniques thought to better express those differences. The ciders will continue to evolve in the bottle and the glass. While I hope they will reward patience, they are not precious and are meant to be enjoyed.

The name is meant to reflect the idea that orchards/mountain fruit ‘speak their own dialect’ - that apples can express terroir. The only blends are wild fruit, everything else is single orchard bottlings.