Orchard Wines & Cider / France, Normandy
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Templar's Choice Blackberry Blush, Apple & Blackberry Co-Ferment

Templar's Choice, France

France, Normandy

Freshly pressed, whole fruit apples and blackberries, 100% natural with no additions whatsoever, create a drink that’s definitely cider, but balanced with the most delicate of blackberry notes.


The Templar name comes from Adam and Anne Bland’s Normandy Knights Templars Seigneurie farmhouse in the Pays d’Auge. The area from where the blackberries come enjoys a complete biodynamic balance and abounds in insects, birds, wildlife and wildflowers. The farm’s 45 acres not only produce wonderful apples, but great blackberries, too.


Here, whole farm blackberries are co-fermented with pure, freshly pressed AOC cider apples, keeved* and fermented over the winter months for bottling in the spring where a small, secondary fermentation creates a natural sparkle.

*Keeving is an artisan cider-making technique used to create a natural cider without sweetening or pasteurisation. Wild yeasts, cool cellars and low nutrient orchards are all key elements in the process. Only 100% fresh pressed cider apples are used, no sugar, no water, and nothing else.


Ideal as an aperitif on its own – think Kir Royale – or with berry fruit desserts, or with cheese.