Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lobo Royale 2010

Lobo Royale 2010

Lobo, which translates to wolf in Spanish, is one of my favourite Australian cider makers. I love the authenticity that their ciders show, by letting the fruit be the hero, and keeping it unfiltered and naturally carbonated and sweet. Keeping it real baby!!
The 2010 Lobo Royale, holds true to this being cloudy and unfiltered, totally fruit dominated with natural fizz, styled towards a traditional Normandy cider. What more could you ask for? This cider is unique as it is made with real cider apples, predominately Kingston Black (a bittersharp variety), with their traditional Lobo Pink Lady/Golden Delicious base. The nose shows complex notes of funky rustic, wild ferment goodness, with intense apple notes coming from their blend of cider and dessert apples. The natural fizz holds it's own too, with good carbonation levels in the glass under the bright cloudy orange colour. Palate wise, it has great structure with the cloudiness and yeast lees giving a good textural feel. A good tannin balance also helps to add another layer to this already complex cider. This cider is naturally sweet too, which is produced by a natural phenomenon called keeving. I will cover keeving in more detail in the near future.

The Lobo Royale is intense as is complex and is a really keen ciders drinker’s drink. The sweetness may not be for everyone, and you better watch out for those last couple glasses, as the yeast and apple sediment become quite thick and bitter. But rest assured you will be amazed none the less! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Lobo are one of only a few producer's keeving their juice in Australia too. They also claim it was their first shot making a cider with the cider apples….not a bad effort boys, not bad at all. It’s just a shame you have to wait six long months to finally drink it once bottled. If you can get your grubby little paws on this cider, then you’re on your way to looking into the future of the Australian cider industry. I will be reviewing Lobo’s new Crabby cider in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Producer: Lobo Juice and Cider Pty Ltd
Country: Australia (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
Alcohol: 4.2%

Rating: 8.5 out of 10


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