From the last week of September to Christmas we harvested and pressed tonnes and tonnes of our west country apples and pressed them. Various tractor and equipment breakdowns meant a late start to pressing and a number of interruption, but that didn't`t stop us from pressing almost double the volume we juiced last year. After many new tanks, finicky equipment and lots of cold, late nights pressing, we finished the harvest season on the cider farm. Due to the unusually warm, wet weather when it should have been cold meant cider apples broke quicker and hence our pressing season was cut short due to the lack of good apples. The unusually warm weather also meant that there was a lot less time for the trees to go on holiday and have a break. 2016 arrived out of the blue and with it lots of new plans for the year ahead. On the 6th of February we had our first public Wassail night at the cider farm, proceeds going to Global`s Make some Noise Charity as Penny will be running the London Marathon later this year. Despite the horrible rain and wind it went ahead, lots of hot food and mulled cider enjoyed by all and the many great songs by the Casterbridge band. We`ll defiantly be doing more vents throughout the year on the farm and another Wassail next year. On the 11th of February we`ll be launching our newest cider wit the team from the Weymouth Sea Life Centre and Jurassic Skyline tower. The Tower allows beautiful views over the south west, Jurassic Coast, Weymouth and Portland. Masterfully blended and patiently matured with a special mix of apples we have created a truly exciting cider. Mellow tarty and tannin notes with strong appley nose and excellent mouth feel, medium sweet blend of west Dorset cider apples with a light sparkle. Jurassic Skyline 5% alch! The cider will be launched at the Jurassic Skyline tower on the Pavillion in Weymouth seafront on the 11th of Feb. We`re planning at least 2 more events at the cider farm this summer, we`ll be exporting to Estonia and Finland later this year and exploring new outlets further afield.
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