Judging of the Australian Cider Awards 2011 took place on Thursday 15th September at the Orange Agricultural Institute. Results were announced that night during the Awards dinner to an enthusiastic gathering at the Old Convent, Borenore.
The major winners were:
BEST IN SHOW
Henney’s Cider Co of Herefordshire UK – “Henney’s Dry Cider” (entered by Phoenix Beers of Perth, West Australia)
Henney’s Dry Cider was placed first in Class 1 – Dry Cider SG up to 1005 – and was adjudged the Best in Show.
BEST AUSTRALIAN CIDER
CUB – Matilda Bay – “Dirty Granny” (entered via Liquid Ideas, Sydney)
Dirty Granny was placed first in Class 10 – Medium Cider – and was adjudged the Best Australian Cider
BEST AUSTRALIAN PERRY
This Award was shared between entries from
The Hills Cider Company, Pear/Perry (Class 6) and
Napoleone & Co Pear Cider Traditionelle (Class 8).
See link below for complete results:
For two interesting reviews of the Cider Awards and Presentation Dinner see:
Siobhan Curran’s website “Cooking From the Heart”
and Pamela Harrison “Life A L’Orange”
There are various press articles about the Cider Awards. Items from judges Willie Simpson (The Age – 27th Sep 2011) and Max Allen (The Weekend Australian – 22/23 Oct 2011) can be accessed via the links below:
Max’s article also has a video clip reviewing some of the ciders.