Iwood – Wouldn’t You!
New Limited Edition Pays Homage to Cider Maker’s Heritage
It’s name harks back to where it all began for Sheppy’s – Somerset-based traditional cider makers who are 200 years old. Iwood Limited Edition Cider celebrates two glorious centuries of cider-making for the Sheppy family; and it has been carefully crafted and packaged to reflect this heritage.
Sheppy’s Cider spans six generations, and is today in the hands of Head Cider Maker and Managing Director David Sheppy and his wife Louisa. They run the business from Three Bridges Farm, at Bradford on Tone, near Wellington. The new Iwood cider includes apples grown at Iwood Farm, near Congresbury. There 200 years ago, David’s great, great, great grandfather, John Sheppy, originally farmed and made cider.
Fruit from the ancient trees still growing there, were hand-picked by David and his family, in October 2015 and have been incorporated into the blend. Vintage quality apples from Three Bridges, make up the rest of this very special limited edition blend. The cider was pressed and left to ferment and mature naturally for twelve months in oak vats before bottling.
A rare chance:
Iwood is a traditional cider with an ABV of 8.4%, which enhances this full-bodied blend. The vintage taste balances tannins from traditional cider fruit with a medium taste to suit today’s palate. Iwood has a light sparkle.
This limited edition blend is presented in beautifully hand labelled and waxed 750ml bottles in branded boxes. It is being issued in April to coincide with the opening of Sheppy’s new showpiece visitor centre, farm shop and restaurant – Sheppy’s House of Cider and Fine Foods. It will also include a feature cider tasting area and tours, as it aims to become the cider destination of Somerset, if not the UK
David Sheppy said: “Iwood was such a special cider for us to produce – as it was where it all started for the Sheppy family. It is incredible to think that that was 200 years ago! It seems only natural that we launch this cider, which has a nod to our long heritage, at the same time that we start a new chapter at Three Bridges – with the opening of our visitor centre.”
Posted by: Sara-Beth Rowlands