It is with great pleasure that we announce a new premium cider partner for Negociants New Zealand: ‘Scoundrels and Rogues’ from Paul Donaldson in Waipara.
Scoundrels and Rogues is a boutique cider producer based in North Canterbury. Their philosophy is a hands-off approach, where they make small batches of cider just once a year at harvest time from whole fruit, which they mostly grow themselves. There is no added concentrate or flavourings. They use only wild yeasts and barrel for a least a year before blending and bottling.
Scoundrels and Rogues started with just one cider in 2013, then it became two ciders in 2014 and now due to a constant inability to make up their minds (their words, not ours!) and the fact that they keep all batches and barrels separate, the range has increased to five incredible craft ciders.
“Due to a complete lack of planning, interesting things have happened unexpectedly. We did not set out to make any more than one cider, but due to a complex mixture of nefarious techniques, impressive skills, and to be fair, a bit of downright neglect, the result is now four ciders. We were as surprised as anyone,” they say about the expansion of the range.
With the range expanded, they decided it was time to send the ciders to be tasted and judged at the NZ cider awards in 2016.
“We thought our ciders were all damn tasty, but we knew we were biased, so when we entered the three we had available at the time…we were stunned to find that right proper judges agreed with us, with all three of the ciders we entered getting a Gold medal.
The three Golds were more than any other cider producer was awarded.
The ciders are all relatively high in ‘octane’ which means that they are not just a ‘beverage’ cider but a true craft offering to be stocked and enjoyed by those looking for top quality and a high end cider experience. They admit: “Our ciders are all a bit intense and a little bit funky, but you’ll get over it.”
We currently have four of the ciders in our portfolio – Pleasantly Corrupted, Evil Genius, Morally Bankrupt and Cold Shoulder.