Published DateSANBORNTON — The team at Hermit Woods Winery has been working hard all year to bring new wines to their tasting room for the 2013 season. As of May 25 people can once again visit Hermit Woods tasting room and learn what they have been up to all winter.
Wine maker Ken Hardcastle is very excited about this year's releases. "We have discovered new wines and again improved upon many of last year's releases. I am very pleased with the outcome. We have had some outstanding fruit this year and have experimented with several new blends. Once again, we can say with confidence that this year's wines will again be among our best".
Some of the wines on the list this year will include a version of a French white burgundy, Lake House White. An engaging blend of local, organic, whole peaches, rhubarb, and rosehips, fermented and aged 'sur lie' with a White Burgundy strain of yeast. Also new this year will be a wine called 'Whiteface', a crisp, complex white wine with aromatic presence made entirely from local, organic, whole quince, rhubarb, peaches, and rosehips which their winemaker compares with a Gewürztraminer.
Many of the wines that have become popular at Hermit Woods will be returning, including Petite Blue, Heirloom Crabapple and Three Honey Mead. This year will also see a much larger supply Kiwi wine, made from two local organic kiwi berry varieties, Anne and Passion Popper. These kiwi berries are rich in vitamin C and similar in flavor to common New Zealand/California kiwi. This is an off-dry wine that compares to a dry Riesling.
For more traditional wine lovers, Hermit Woods also offers several red wines made with grapes from California and Chile. They offer a Cabernet Sauvignon called Ermitano, a Carménère they call Karmin Ayre, as well as a California Merlot, all big bold red wines.
Hermit Woods Winery will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 25 to late fall and Wednesday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. in July and August.
Hermit Woods is located at 56 Taylor Road, Sanbornton.