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South Hill Cider Stone Fence Farm

Review: Stone Fence Farm by South Hill Cider

Review Date: October 13, 2020

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 8.40%

Cider Maker’s Description

Peter Hoover planted this 1/4 acre orchard of cider apples from 1995-2000 on a knoll of gravelly loam soil. This orchard is unsprayed and is holistically managed. The varieties were chosed to create a balanced orchard cider. The fruit was all harvested by hand and pressed and fermented one mile away in stainless steel. The varieties are: Golden Russet and Roxbury Russet, Redfield, Tremletts Bitter, Bramleys Seedling, Zabergau Reinette, Kingston Black, Major, Brownthorn, Michelin, Medaille d'Or, Chisel Jersey, Brown Snout, Esopus Spitzenburg, Sops of Wine, Herefordshire Redstreak, Granny Smith, Foxwhelp, Winter Banana, Calville Blanc, Sheepnose, Cox's Orange Pippin.


  • bright, crystal clear, very light amber/rich gold


  • still


  • delicate nose, leather, wet autumn leaves


  • intense flavor, stone fruit, overripe red apple, slightly tart


  • medium tannins, astringency grows with each sip, low-medium acid


  • lasting overripe red apple flavor

Tasting Notes / General Impression

what a beautiful cider, one to savor

Reviewer Notes

Single orchard cider, 2017, 112 cases made, Batch # 1701

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Cidery Information

South Hill Cider
Ithaca, NY

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.