Floral Terranes 'Suburban Moraines' Cider 18

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Floral Terranes 'Suburban Moraines' Cider 2018

Floral Terranes is the unique melding of agriculture, art, and cultural preservation. Wine and cider makers Erik Longabardi and Benford Lepley draw on the hidden agricultural history of his native Long Island to produce wines and ciders that are exceptional expressions of terroir. Once an epicenter of farming that supplied Manhattan with food, the landscape of Long Island was inexorably transformed in the latter part of the 20th century, as motorways carved a direct path through the Hempstead plains to the city. Farms gave way to mansions and suburban sprawl, yet the remnants were remarkably preserved, often as part of institutional landscapes (Erik and Benford found 28 apple trees at Banbury Farm, part of the Cold Spring Laboratory complex, and seminaries and monasteries are a valuable part of Floral Terranes’ “suburban terroir”.) Part of their mission in making these delicious offerings is to inspire preservation of the land through raising awareness of the bounty that it offers. All fruit is foraged (with landowner’s permission, of course), and pressed with a simple basket press, and fermentations are done with naturally occurring yeasts in glass. Absolutely nothing is added or taken away in the cellar, and they bottle everything by hand in Erik’s garage in his 18th century home in Roslyn (true garagistes). The “Suburban Moraines” still cider speaks to the forgotten sites that inspire Erik; roughly a third of the apples used for this cuvée come from uncultivated crab apple trees from random domestic front yards and backyards, parks and preserves, as well as the common green places next to the highways of Long Island. The remaining fruit is roughly equal parts Black Twig and Winesap apples from Southold Farm, Suffolk, Long Island. After pressing, the cider went straight into barrel and started fermentation before being bottled still, unfined and unfiltered. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural cider, vegan.