Information about our ciders
2015 STONE FENCE FARM ORCHARD
A single-orchard cider, all of the fruit came from a small Finger Lakes homestead cider orchard, Stone Fence Farm, planted by our friend Peter Hoover between 1995-2000 near Trumansburg, NY.
Balanced and expressive. Aromas of wet slate, rich soil. Starfruit, lychee, walnut. Mouth-watering finish.
Apple varieties: Golden and Roxbury Russets, Redfield, Tremletts Bitter, Bramleys Seedling, Zabergau Reinette, Kingston Black, Major, Michelin, Medaille d'Or, Chisel Jersey, Brown Snout, Esopus Spitzenburg, Sops of Wine, Granny Smith, Foxwhelp, Winter Banana, Calville Blanc, Cox's Orange Pippin, Sheepnose, and more.
RS 0.3% / TA 7.6g/L / 7.5% ABV
750 ml $24
4.5 star review (click here)
2016 RUSSET DABINETT
A still cider featuring two cider apple varieties: Golden Russet, indigenous to New York State, and Dabinett from Somerset England.
Deep honey color with a smooth mid-palate and a very long mineral textured finish
Flavors of honeycomb, elderflower, lychee, sour plum, white pepper, subtle vanilla
RS .4% / 8.1% ABV
750 ml $16
2015 PACKBASKET STILL
Made from 100% wild seedling apples, gathered by hand in the hedgerows and forests of the Finger Lakes mostly around Ithaca, NY. The epitomy of terrior, bringing the expression of an exact time and place into the glass.
Focused acid and salinity. Pear, cacao, baked apple, green leaves, waterfalls. Long-lasting finish
RS 0.4% / TA 8.2g/L / 7.4% ABV
750 ml $24
5-star review (click here)
2015 POMME SUR LIE
Are there ageable ciders? Yes.
The apples harvested for this cider were barrel-fermented and aged 9 months sur-lie in 4 to 6 year-old French barrels. Substantial tannins, intense fruit aromas and mouth-watering acidity of the fruit transformed through fermentation and bâtonage into cider with aromas of apple-skin, spice and roasted nuts; silky mouthfeel, and structured acidity. Pairs with roast salmon or chicken, and smoked gouda. This cider ages well and is more drinkable and relaxed after a couple days than on the day it is opened.
Aromas of apple-skin, spice and roasted nuts; silky mouthfeel, and structured acidity
Unfined and Unfiltered
Wild and feral crabapples
Fermented and matured sur lie in François Frère barrels
RS 0% / TA 7.9g/l / 8.2% ABV
750 ml $20
PRELUDE SINGLE BATCH LIMITED EDITIONS
This cider is presented as a representation of a single barrel or single tank blend. This cider is unfiltered and may contain sediment which is naturally occurring. South Hill Cider’s orchard is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
For detailed notes, look up the batch number from the back of the bottle at SouthHillCider.com/Prelude.
Each release will be a unique cider, no two barrels exactly the same
2015 PACKBASKET SPARKLING
Made from 100% wild seedling apples, gathered by hand in the hedgerows and forests of the Finger Lakes, primarily around Ithaca, NY. The epitome of terroir, bringing the expression of an exact time and place into the glass. Naturally sparkling.
100% wild pippin apples
Bottle conditioned, sur lie and undisgorged
Complex, fruity, toasty. Wine-like and chaulky with a dry and cleansing finish
Fresh stone fruit, mineral, citrus, pomegranate
500 mL $15
2016 BRUT NATURE
An elegant champagne-style cider, aged 11 months sur lie, undergoing fermentation in the bottle to produce very lively bubbles. Disgorged 10 cases at a time with the last batch done 11 months after bottling. An excellent cider for a New Years toast, any celebration, or to elevate the atmosphere at any time.
35% wild apples, 29% English bittersweet varieties, 46% unidentified homestead trees
Briny on the palate with white pepper, mouth-watering acid and a chalky finish
Pear, white peach pit, tart cherry and chamomile on the nose
750 ml $28
A wild-fermented cider made from 100% organic wild Pippin apple trees. Aromatic and a great expression of Fingerlakes terroir.
Tangerine orange, floral, fresh air
500 ml $16
2017 KINGSTON BLACK
A traditional method (methode champenoise) cider from three 20 year old Kingston Black trees on a small 1/4 acre mature cider orchard. Organic.
Golden with lively bubbles
Leather, dark berries and black cherry
Pais well with roast chicken, cheese and pork
750 ml $19
2017 ONE OF A KIND
Fruit from a single orchard: The Reynolds family orchard on the East side of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. The orchard contains over 200 varieties of apples, many rare and heirloom.
Color of early morning light. Tiny bubbles. Aromas of leather, cloves, clementine, sour cherry.
Apple varieties include : Baldwin, Binet Rouge, Cameo, Chisel Jersey, Court Du Pendu Plat ,Dabinet, Fall Pippin, Father Abraham, Freedom, Gilpin, Golden Delicious, Hardy Cumberland, Higdon, Honey Cider, Jonna free, Jubilee, King David, Leathercoat, Liberty, Margil, Melrose, Nickjack, Padukah, Ralls, Red Flesh, Red Gravenstein, Sam Young, Sharon, Sir Isaac Newton, Spy-Gold, Summer Orange, Sun Fuji, Sweet Caroline, Tom Putt, William Crump, Winesap, Zabergau Reinette, Virginia Beauty.
RS 1.1% / TA 7.0 g/l / 8.0 ABV
750 ml $19
2016 BLUEGRASS RUSSET
This cider showcases the Golden Russet apple, a native apple to New York, historically prized for it's excellent flavor in cider and on the table. Custom fermentation and bottling using the Charmat method. Naturally sparkling.
Lively effervescence. Crisp. Peach, raspberry, beeswax
RS 1.8% / TA 6.43g/L / 8.2% ABV
2016 OLD-TIME (2018 Good Food Awards Winner)
Predominantly from abandoned homestead trees and older orchards between the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario. Old Time cider reflects the perfection of the trees' diversity and age. The name Old-Time is a nod to both the cider makers from past generations who used these trees for their own cider and to the style of music which our cider maker Steve plays: American Old-Time music.
Wild and abandoned fruit with small amount of Bittersweets
Light gold. Soft rounded bubbles, notes of strawberry, grapefruit seed, butterscotch, musk
RS 1.8% / TA 8.1g/L / 7.5% ABV
750 ml $16
This cider features Bittersweet cider apple varieties, including Dabinett and Ellis Bitter. Aged in bourbon barrels for at least six months. This cider is a quality tasty cider to begin with, accentuated with an added layer of complexity from the barrel-aging.
Full bodied, smooth. Notes of dark chocolate and clove
RS 2.0% / TA 6.0g/L / 8.2 ABV
750 ml $18
South Hill Pommeau is a blend of barrel-aged Apple Spirits (Eau de Vie) with unfermented and unfiltered apple cider. During months of aging, the pommeau naturally clarifies to an amber liquid of exquisite character.
Deep gold. Honey, clove, nutmeg, amaretto, sun-warmed plum
RS 10.1% / 19% ABV
375 ml $29
2014 PACKBASKET SPARKLING AND DRY (Sold Out)
2014 yielded a very light crop for wild apples and pears across Central New York. However, with a bit of luck we found one stand of wild trees in a high valley with a good crop. These hidden trees were far enough from the dirt road that we could only retrieve the fruit by hauling it out on our backs. Hence the name, Pack Basket.
Naturally Sparkling, Bone Dry
Complex, fruity, toasty
100% wild pippin apples and pears
Bottle conditioned sur lie and undisgorged
28 cases produced
500 mL / 8.3% ABV. $22
2014 PATINA (Sold Out)
Patina is partially barrel aged so that bright fruit notes ring clear over a well-rounded barrel influence.
Sparkling, medium bodied, fruit forward with hints of vanilla. Dry.
750 mL, 8.2% ABV. $18
2013 SOUNDPOST (Sold Out)
Characterized by bittersweet apples and barrel maturation, this cider is best enjoyed with light cheese or with only a good record on the stereo. Lightly sparkling and best served around 40 - 55 degrees.
Sparkling. Hints of highland malt and rose. Mineral to start, then dry with velvety tannins. Long finish.
Apple varieties: Dabinet, Newtown Pippin, Ellis bitter, Brown Snout, Roxbury Russet.
750 mL, 7.4%ABV. $22