Leif Sundström lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley, helping to revive the region’s centuries-old tradition of preserving orchard fruit as cider, a drink that evokes early America’s agrarian past and, Leif believes, points the way to the region’s farming future. Sponti is a spontaneous cuvée – a cross-regional representation of New York State terroir. Sponti’s blend is always based on Northern Spy and native NE heirloom apple cultivars. 2018 sourced fruit from 2 orchards in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario regions of NY. The apples were ‘sweat’ for approximately 2 weeks before processing, with 60% of the apples receiving 18 hours of maceration before press. Native fermentations kick off without temperature control and the cider is then aged for an extended period on the lees. Bottled by traditional method without disgorgement. No fining or filtration. Sulfured only once at racking, in accordance with pH.
Apples: 45% Northern Spy, 25% Golden Russet, 23% Baldwin and 7% Wickson
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