This blend is a young, energetic one with 3% of fresh Gold blended in. Aromas of orange/citrus blossom, lees-y/yeasty, savoury oak and cellar mustiness vanilla and a nut meal vinous barrel ferment element. Power on the palate that carries from the front to the mid while a soft acid sits further back on the palate. Noticeably bitter finish with a lingering saline length.
Gold is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #21 is a blend of three barrels. 1832 (8 month old Gold), 1751 (14 month old Gold) and 1765 (9 month old Gold), with 3% fresh Gold in there too.
The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: Single Origin (S.O.) Moree, NSW grown Gairdner ale malt and North Star, NSW grown Spitfire S.O. raw wheat thanks to Provenance Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture: brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on February 14 2019 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 24 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 1°P (FG= 1.004 SG).
Like all our beers, Gold Blend #21 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).