CHATEAU MORRISETTE CIDERWORKS
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ABOUT OUR CIDERS
Chateau Morrisette Ciderworks produces three ciders currently. They are made with 100% Virginia apples, fermented in the Chateau Morrisette cellar and bottled in nearby Calloway, Virginia. Cider is an entirely new venture for Chateau Morrisette. Given the increasing popularity of ciders and the fact that we had some open tank space in the winery we decided to try our hand at our own!
We started with 100% Virginia grown apples from Wade’s Orchard and Silver Creek Orchard. Because our grape presses are not suited to apples, we worked with both Silver Creek Orchard and Murray’s apple juice company in Roanoke to press the apples to juice for us. After the juice arrived at the winery we fermented it much like we would a white wine. We are winemakers after all! You can read about our ciders in our blog: All About Our Ciders.
BARREL AGED CIDER
The blend comprising this cider was fermented and aged in a combination of neutral French and American oak barrels. A separate fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and a portion of this was blended back to increase the apple character. The lightly carbonated, off-dry Barrel Aged cider has a beautiful apple character on the nose along with a faint hint of oak derived characteristics on the palate.
Our Chai Spiced cider is flavored using all real spices you can find in your kitchen cabinet. We meticulously formulated our own unique blend of ginger, vanilla beans, green cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and peppercorn until it was just right. The spice blend was then integrated into the base cider to create this interesting take on a spiced cider. We think you’ll love it.
CHERRY GINGER CIDER
The apple cider was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended with a portion of our freshly fermented Cherry Wine that is currently still in tank. Next, we added just enough ginger juice to get the flavor of ginger to come through, but avoid the heat ginger can bring when used in excess. The final product is full of apple and cherry fruitiness with a touch of ginger on the nose and palate. Try it. You’ll be happy you did.