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Craigies Cider Dalliance

County Wicklow

Craigies Irish Cider

Craigies Cider is an Irish independent cider maker based in the rolling hills of Co...

Wicklow. It is owned and run by Simon Tyrrell and Angus Craigie, who each bring different skills and expertise to the business. Angus looks after the processing and logistical side, while Simon has spent 20 years importing and making wine. Following a two year wine production diploma, Simon returned home and decided to apply his newly gained expertise to apples rather than grapes. Both believe that Irish cider achieves its greatest complexity as a blend, with each variety adding a component that ensures the sum is stronger than the individual parts. They also strongly believe that their ciders should reflect the year in which the fruit was grown, so only produce vintage ciders.

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Fruit Source

The fruit was sourced from a select group of dedicated growers within the premium apple-growing regions of Waterford and Kilkenny.

Vintage information

2012 was a very difficult vintage with a wet spring resulting in a very poor flowering. Summer continued to be cool and wet although conditions improved in the month of September.


Each variety was harvested separately, brought to the farm and then milled. The pulp was pressed and the resulting juice was allowed to settle for 24 hours before being racked into fermenting tanks. Alcoholic fermentation lasted for three weeks with malolactic fermentation taking place in spring 2013. The ciders were then allowed to rest on their fine lees for 15 months before being blended and bottled in March 2014.

Tasting Notes

Dalliance is pale straw in colour with aromas of fresh green and red apples and fennel. It is light bodied and has refreshing acidity. The finish is very long and the overall impression is more like a sparkling white wine than a cider.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 60% Falstaff
30% Elstar
10% Jonagold
Region County Wicklow
Producer Simon Tyrrell and Angus Craigie
Alcohol (ABV) 5.8%
Residual Sugar 1g/l
Wine pH 2.9
Bottle Size 37.5cl