LOXTONIA, the family owned cidery in the Ceres Valley, has released its award winning Méthode Traditionelle Cider, crowned overall champion at the 11th International Cider Challenge, just in time for the festive season.
Loxtonia Blush Méthode Traditionelle Cider (MTC), one of Loxtonia’s first two bubbly-style apple ciders, was named Supreme Champion for 2021 and won the Rosé Trophy at the prestigious London based competition. Completing the MTC pigeon pair, is the ultra-dry Loxtonia Brut.
Both MTCs are made in the slow, traditional French way of bottle fermentation to create the vibrant sparkle. Stylishly presented in classic sparkling wine bottles, they owe their complexity to bottle ageing for 15 months on the lees.
Loxtonia Blush is a ballerina pink MTC with the finest of bubbles and vivacious mousse. It is elegant with bright apple sorbet, strawberry and gently caramelised nuts, enhanced by a buttery brioche character from the 15 months on the lees. Graceful and refreshing, this is an excellent alternative to sparkling wine.
Loxtonia Brut is a honey-coloured MTC that exudes a profusion of fine bubbles, apple brulée, vanilla and roasted plum. Rich and complex, it is deliciously dry with a persistent finish and all the complexity of 15 months’ bottle ageing.
The Whitfield family has been making a wide range of ciders from “orchard to bottle” on their Loxtonia farm since 2013 using only home-grown, 100% freshly pressed and naturally fermented apples.
Created initially as a secret wedding gift for his daughter, Alexandra, by Loxtonia founder and chief cider maker, Larry Whitfield, international recognition has inspired the family to take their remarkable MTC project to the next level.
Wow your family and friends with these unique and beautifully presented limited release Loxtonia MTCs this festive season. Crisp and delicious, they are perfect for summer sipping and toasting in the New Year. Loxtonia Brut MTC sells at R235 a bottle while the pink-hued, award winning Loxtonia Blush MTC is R350; buy online.
If you are planning a trip to the picturesque Ceres Valley during the holidays, be sure to visit Loxtonia and taste its full range of apple ciders. For more information email [email protected] or call 023 004 0930. To stay in the mix, follow @loxtonia_cider on Instagram and Twitter.