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Brutes ‘Rosa Himmel’ Fruit Cider Pét-Nat 2021

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Location: Sweden, Stockholm

Cidermaker: Brad Sawicki, Tobias Eriksson, Nicklas Ivarsson, Joakim Kviberg, Fredrik Winberg

Fruit: Apples, pears, bilberries (blueberries), aronia (chokeberries)

Soil: Old seabed

Cidermaking: Apples and pears undergo wet maceration with blueberries and chokeberries (i.e. whole berries are added to the fermenting cider and let to "soak" in the juice), followed by spontaneous fermentation in tank and one round of racking

From the Importer Super Glou: ‘Rosa Himmel’ (2021) which translates to pink sky in Swedish, is Brutes’s answer to the light red wines they love to drink (Poulsard and Gamay among their favorites). Apples undergo wet maceration with blueberries (aka bilberries) and chokeberries (aka aronia, a Swedish 'superfood' rich in antioxidants) to create this fresh & lightly fruity, yet savory blend. This is a fruit pét-nat that pushes the boundaries between cider and wine, and thrives in the liminal space (if any exists) between the two.

Bonded over a mutual love of natural wine, this small group of friends has set out to create their own expression of terroir in the predominantly grape-less—but fruit-rich—land of Sweden. With seemingly more apple trees than people and a cultural history of foraging wild fruit, Sweden is ripe for the picking. Brutes has fused the bounty surrounding them with their admiration of winemaking to produce a range of ciders and fruit pet’nats that will excite and delight, leading you to re-evaluate your own idea of “wine.” As they are fond of saying: “apples are our grapes.”

Just outside of Stockholm, on the islands of Lake Mälaren, apples and pears are handpicked from old orchards that have been largely forgotten, but luckily not abandoned. The fruit is crushed and then left to macerate for varying lengths before pressing. The maceration gives structure and body to cider in similar ways it does to wine, in particular "orange" wines. This approach can produce something thoughtful on its own or provide a solid base to be seasoned with wild fruits (sloe, blueberry, crabapple) and other garden fruits (pear, cherries, quince, aronia). Each vintage brings refinement and new exploration with this vast palette of fruit with the hopes of creating something true to the terroir, but also fun and unique.

Everything is wild fermented, nothing in, nothing out. It's alive, maturing over time, phasing in and out of various stages, eventually settling into a delicious balance.