The term for this category is traditional but possibly misleading: it is simply a cider with substantial added sugar to achieve higher alcohol than a standard cider. As such it comes closer to a white wine than any other style. No fruit other than apples may be used in this style.
Aroma/Flavor: Comparable to a New World Cider. Cider character must be distinctive. Very dry to sweet, although often dry.
Appearance: Clear to brilliant, pale to medium-gold. Cloudiness or hazes are inappropriate.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than other ciders, because higher alcohol is derived from addition of sugar rather than juice. Carbonation may range from still to champagne-like.
Overall Impression: Typically like a dry white wine, balanced, and with low astringency and bitterness.
Entry Instructions: Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 levels).
Vital Statistics: OG: 1.070 – 1.100FG: 0.995 – 1.020 ABV: 9 – 12% Commercial Examples: [US] Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Fruit House Apple (MI), McClure’s Sweet Apple Wine (IN).