Full Review

Martin Brothers

Martin Brothers
Wildflower Dry Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$24

Martin Brothers
Wildflower Dry Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Clear golden straw color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of forest nettles and underbrush, green tomato vine and leaf, fur coat, and sandalwood incense with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a sleek, complex, long gooseberry and lemon, nectarine skin, pickled green apple and melon, and lemon tea finish. A wild and wooly mead with bracing acidity for the table that drinks a bit like an orange wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: forest nettles and underbrush, green tomato vine and leaf, fur coat, and sandalwood incense
Taste Flavor: gooseberry and lemon, nectarine skin, pickled green apple and melon, and lemon tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: West Coast Oysters, Smoked Oysters, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wild and wooly mead with bracing acidity for the table that drinks a bit like an orange wine.

The Producer

Martin Brothers Winery

The Producer
1623 Old Iron Rd
Hermann, MO 65041
USA
1 573-486-0236

Traditional Mead

Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.