The Australian Cider Awards took place Friday night, with one of the pillars of the Apple Isle taking a clutch of prizes, including Best In Show.

Cider Awards winner_crp_adj_LRProduced from no less than 18 different types of apples by a 127-year-old Huon Valley orchard, Willie Smith’s 18 Varieties impressed the judges, taking Best Cider, Best Australian Cider or Perry, and the highly coveted Best In Show.

The 12 classes and six sub-classes of award attracted 155 entries, meriting far more medals than last year, and Cider Australia vice-president Warwick Billings said the judges were impressed.

“This year there were almost double the number of medals awarded resulting from a significant increase in bronzes, which indicates that Australian producers are refining their cider making skills.

“With such rapid improvement in the overall quality of our local ciders since the Awards began five years ago, we expect to see even more exceptional Australian ciders in future years.”

New South Wales boutique cidery Borrodell Vineyard won a gold medal for its Heritage Apple Cider, and Adelaide’s Hills Cider Company earned two Best In Class, for New World Medium Cider and Perry.

Cider Awards table_adj_sml_LROf Willie Smith’s 18 Varieties judges said the product was very true to type, a Traditional Medium Cider, describing it as “lifted … with a lingering fruit flavour and an attractive bitterness on finish”.

Willie Smith’s cider stems from a fourth-generation organic apple farm, and all apples from the 18 Varieties come from the Huon Valley – the root of the Apple Isle’s global reputation. Co-owner Sam Reid said the prestigious award honours the entire crew.

“We couldn’t be happier with this product because it showcases what is great about Willie Smith’s: we are small enough to make really interesting cider, but large enough to get it out to enough people to educate and influence the category.”


Full list of Winners


Best in Show:                                    

Cider Awards icebucket_crp_adj_LRWillie Smith’s Organic Cider (18 Varieties)

Best Cider:                                         

Willie Smith’s Organic Cider (18 Varieties)

Best Australian Cider or Perry: 

Willie Smith’s Organic Cider (18 Varieties)

Best in Class    

1A New World Dry Cider

Jachmann Apple Co, Lady William Apple Cider 500ml

1B Traditional Dry Cider

Borrodell Vineyard, Borrodell Vineyard’s Heritage Apple Cider

2A New World Medium Cider

The Hills Cider Company, Apple Cider

2B Traditional Medium Cider

Willie Smith’s Organic Cider (18 Varieties)

3A New World Sweet Cider

Flying Brick Cider Co, Flying Brick Original Cider

3B Traditional Sweet Cider

Seven Oaks Farmhouse Cider, Kingston Black

4A/B Method Traditional Cider

321 Cider, 321 Cider Methode Traditionelle Cuvee

5A New World Dry Perry

Core Cider Company, Perry               

6A New World Medium Perry

The Hills Cider Company, Pear Cider

7A New World Sweet Perry

The Barossa Valley Cider Company, Squashed Pear Cider

8A/B Method Traditional Perry

Frank’s Cider, Frank’s Perry (Methode Champenoise)

9 Cider or Perry with Fruit

Cheeky Rascal Cider, Passion Fruit Pink Lady

10 Specialty/Experimental Cider or Perry

Batlow Cider, Batlow OPA Cider

11 Ice Cider or Perry

Small Acres Cyder, Small Acres Cyder Pomona Ice 2015

12 Pommeau

Henry of Harcourt, G Del

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