It finally happens!

Last night the inevitable happened. Australian products took out the top prizes at the Australian Cider Awards.

The Hills Cider Co. took out the top perry prize and the “Best in Show” with their Pear. Congratulations to the team at Hills for a fabulous product. Scoring 57 points out of a possible 60 reflects the quality.

And to cap the Australian night, the winner of the top cider was Small Acres Cyder with their methode champenoise ‘Cat’s Pyjamas’.

Medal winners are detailed below:
Class 1 – Dry Cider (specific gravity up to 1005)
Sponsored by Della Toffola Pacific
Wiedmann & Groh – Ciderhaus Champagnerennette 2011 Gold
Red Sails Dry Cider Silver
Borodell Vineyard Heritage Cider Silver
Small Acres Cyder Somerset Still 2013 Silver
321 Cider Learmonth Traditional Still Cider Bronze
King Valley Cider Co. Traditionally Tart Dry Cider Bronze
Core Cider Co. Hardcore Traditional Cider Bronze

 

Class 2 –Medium Cider (specific gravity between 1005 and 1012)
Sponsored by Fizz Bizz
Wiedmann & Groh – Ciderhaus Trierer Weinapfel 2011 Gold
Little Creatures – Pipsqueak Aspall Draught Cyder Silver
Napoleone Napoleone Apple Cider Silver
Cerbaco Cidre Brut Artisanal de Normandie la Pommeraie Silver
LOBO Juice and Cider Co. LOBO Apple Cider Bronze
Oakvale Wines Oakvale Apple Cider 2013 Bronze
Eclor – BAW Duche de Longueville – Gros oeillet Bronze
Cerbaco Cidre Fouesnant Manoir Kinkiz Bronze
Bilpin Cider Co Blpin Original Cider Bronze
Cerbaco Cidre Brut Bouche – Le Pere Jules – Pays d’Auge Bronze
Willie Smiths Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider Bronze
The Australian Brewery AB Fresh Press Cider Bronze
Hills Cider Company The Hills Cider Company – Apple Bronze
Matilda Bay Brewing Company Dirty Granny Matured Apple Cider Bronze
Padthaway Estate Spikie Norman Bronze
Sitting Ducks Cider Sitting Ducks Adelaide Hills Apple Cider Bronze

 

Class 3 – Sweet Cider (specific gravity 1012 and above)
Sponsored by Summer Snow Juice
Cerbaco Cidre Doux Artisanal de Normandie la Pommeraie Gold
Eclor – BAW Ecusson Cidre Doux Silver
Cider Productions Apple Thief Granny Smith Cider Bronze
Graci / Harvey River Graci Premium Cider Apple Bronze
Tilse’s – Roma – Apple Truck Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider Bronze
Franklin Cider Co Frank’s Summer Apple Cider Bronze
Barossa Valley Cider Co Barossa Cider Co Squashed Apple Bronze
Stassen – Kollaras Stassen “Over Ice” Apple Cider Bronze

 

Class 4 – Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Cider
Sponsored by Laffort
Cerbaco Cidre Cornouaille Manoir Kinkiz Gold
Small Acres Cyder The Cat’s Pyjamas Gold
Small Acres Cyder Small Acres Cyder 2011 Sparkling Silver
Core Cider Company Core-rupted Traditional Apple Silver
Spreyton Cider Co Spreyton Cider Co Vintage 2013 Bronze
St Ronans St Ronan’s Cider Apple Bronze
Kellybrook Winery Kellybrook Winery Jazz Methode Bronze
Napoleone Napoleone Methode Traditionelle Apple Cider Bronze

 

Class 5 – Dry Perry (specific gravity up to 1005)
Sponsored by Kegstar
LOBO Juice and Cider Co. Dry Pear Bronze

 

Class 6 – Medium Perry (specific gravity between 1005 and 1012)
Sponsored by Appledale Processors
Hills Cider Company The Hills Cider Company – Pear Gold
Bilpin Cider Co Bilpin Pear Cider Silver
Hillbilly Harvest Hillbilly Pear Cider Silver
Napoleone Napoleone Pear Cider Silver
Flying Brick Cider Co Flying Brick PearCider Bronze
Yarra Valley Cider Co Yarra Valley Cider – Pure Pear Bronze
Little Creatures – Pipsqueak Pipsqueak Pear Cider Bronze

 

Class 7 – Sweet Perry – specific gravity 1012 and above
Sponsored by Johnston Packaging
Cerbaco Poire “Fournier-Freres” la Pommeraie Silver
Cerbaco Le Pere Jules Poire – Pays d’Auge Silver
Sitting Ducks Cider Sitting Ducks Adelaide Hills Peary Cider Bronze
Franklin Cider Co Frank’s Summer Pear Cider Bronze
Cider Productions Apple Thief Pear William Cider Bronze
Graci / Harvey River Graci Premium Cider Pear Bronze

 

Class 8 – Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Perry
Sponsored by Laffort
St Ronans St Ronan’s Cider Pear Gold
Small Acres Cyder Small Acres Cyder 2012 Sparkling Perry Silver
Hills Cider Company The Hills Cider Company – Traditional Perry Bronze

 

Class 9 – Dry Cider made using water and/or sugar in production
Sponsored by Alepat Taylor
ZefferBrewing Co Zeffer Dry Apple Bronze
Westons World Brands Old Rosie Bronze

 

Class 10 – Medium Cider made using water and/or sugar in production
Sponsored by Breowan Systems Ltd.
Mike Henney / Phoenix Beers Henneys Dry Cider Silver
Redwood – Old Mout Old Mout Cider – Scrumpy Silver
Mike Henney / Phoenix Beers Henneys Vintage Cider Bronze
Westons World Brands Henry Westons Vintage Bronze
Monteith’s – Drinkworks Monteith’s Heritage Style Cider Bronze
Monteith’s – Drinkworks Monteith’s Apple & Pear Cider Bronze

 

Class 11 – Sweet Cider made using water and/or sugar in production
Sponsored by Della Tofolla Pacific and Laffort
Mike Henney / Phoenix Beers Henneys Sweet Cider Silver
Westons World Brands Wyld Wood Apple Bronze
Cascade – CUB Mercury Sweet Bronze

 

Class 14 – Sweet Perry made using water and/or sugar in production
Sponsored by Summer Snow Juice and Fizz Bizz
West End Brewing Company James Squire Perry Bronze
Carlton & United CUB Bulmers Pear Cider Bronze
Magners / Suntory Magners Pear Irish Cider Bronze
Carlton & United CUB Strongbow Pear Cider Bronze
Paracombe Premium Perry The Berg Bronze
Tilse’s – Roma – Apple Truck Tilses’s Pear Cider Bronze

Note to Medal Winners:  If any producer would like to print medal stickers for use on bottles, or use a medal image on media or websites then please liaise direct with the Design Company – VAADA – for all templates. The authorised Cider Australia template must be used, there are no exceptions. Rhea from VAADA can be contacted on 02 6360 4339, or by emailing rhea@vaada.com.au Vaada can supply the template in soft form or they can arrange printing and supply on your behalf should you wish. Please liaise direct with Vaada for quotes, payment, etc should you wish to use their service.

Judging complete for 2013 Australian Cider Awards

Judging for this years Awards was completed yesterday. Our thanks to the judges for their work in appraising the entries and to the volunteer committee for their work leading up to the Awards and on the two days. The header above shows yesterdays set-up for judging the “Best in Show”.

All Awards were announced at the Presentation Dinner at the Sebel – Surry Hills (Sydney) on Friday 18th October.

 

2013 Cider Awards – Judges

We are pleased to advise that Gary Awdey joins the 2013 Australian Cider Awards as our guest judge.

Gary Awdey is president of the US Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association. He was also a member of the working group that wrote the BJCP cider style guidelines now used in the majority of American competitions. Gary has been judging cider in international competitions since 2004. His ciders have taken several notable awards in international competitions in the US, England and Australia . Gary has presented sensory evaluation workshops across much of the US. A cidermaker with a keen interest in both traditional and modern techniques, Gary worked with cidermakers across the US, Canada, England, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand from 2004 to 2006 in collaborative trials of enzyme-assisted keeving. He has recently relocated to the state of Indiana and is establishing an orchard of traditional European and historic American cider apples and perry pears and plans to establish an estate cidery.

Max Allen and Neal Cameron  will again be a part of the judging panel.

Max Allen. Max is an award-winning wine writer, wine and cider judge and backyard cider maker. Wine columnist for The Weekend Australian and wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, he has been judging at Australian wine shows since 1995, most recently as Chief Judge at both the Alternative Varieties Wine Show and the Organic Wine Show, and has been judging cider for magazines and competitions since 2007. He is the editor of the recently published Australian Cider Guide and is researching a book about cider in Australia.

Neal Cameron. Neal is the Head Brewer and Cider Maker for The Australian Brewery in Sydney.  He is a regular contributor to magazines and books on all matters beer & cider as well as running his own consultancy.  A regular beer & cider judge around the country, Neal has just been appointed Chief Judge at the Royal Sydney Beer & Cider competition.

Australian Cider Awards 2013

Notes to Entrants:

 Note 1. The Presentation Dinner being held in association with the Cider Awards 2013 will again take place at the Sebel in Surry Hills (Sydney). Please see the note lower down on this page under “Awards Presentation Dinner” regarding those ciders and perrys that receive “best in class” or medals and the need to have product available for this Dinner.

 Note 2. The subject of styles and classes continues to be the subject of much discussion in the industry and within shows.

Last year there were two question relating to products on the entry form, this year there are three. In consultation with the Australian Cider Awards judges it has been decided to ask entrants to not only decide the class into which their products are entered but also to describe the products as “old world style” or “new world style”. This is being done in an attempt to simplify the judges’ task by allowing them to judge like-with-like . If you have no particular preference then leave this question on the entry form blank.

This years guest judge from the United States, Gary Awdey, is experienced with the same mix of styles as we have in Australia. It is hoped that by grouping the two types of product – rather than doubling the number of classes – it will be possible to better assist judges and potentially lead to more structured classes.

Rules of Entry:

1. Where water is used in the production processes of a cider or perry (eg to reconstitute concentrate, or to adjust alcohol percentage) such products are to be entered in classes 9 – 14.

2. The use of sugar where its sole function is to promote the secondary fermentation process for products entered into classes 4 and 8 is acceptable. Where sugar or sugar substitutes are used in the production processes specifically to increase alcohol percentage or to adjust sweetness such products are to be entered in classes 9 – 14.

3. Entrants must declare the product as either Cider or Perry and enter it in one of the classes 1 – 14.

4. There is no flavoured Cider or Perry class.

5. Entrants must have a minimum of 225 litres of each product in stock at time of entry (25 dozen 750mL bottles or equivalent volume).

6. All entries must be available for sale in Australia at the time of entry.

7. The organising committee reserves the right to audit compliance in regard to entries.

8. An entry form and an entry fee must accompany each entry. Entries not accompanied by the fee and entry form will not be accepted. Entry charges for 2013 remain at $45 for members of Cider Australia and $55 for non-members.

9. Each entry will consist of 4 x 750mL bottles, or 8 x 375mL bottles or equivalent volume. Please note any remaining bottles may be used at the Awards Presentation Dinner.

“The entries winning medals and/or best in class will be showcased at the Presentation Dinner through being matched by the judges to one of the courses served. We are asking that appropriate medal winners contribute 2 x cartons (9L or equivalent) to be served at the dinner. Additional carton/s will be purchased by Cider Australia from the producer to ensure we have sufficient stock for serving. Only the selected winners will be asked to supply extra stock for the dinner.  We trust that you will agree with this move to publicise the top products in this way and will be prepared to provide this support to the dinner.”

10. More than one entry per class per entrant is permitted. Similarly, a product may be entered into more than one class eg a bottle fermented product eligible for Class 4 could also be entered into another of the cider classes as well.

11. Entries must be in a glass bottle. All closures permitted.

12. Entries must have a label on the bottle identifying the class number and producer. No show labels will be provided.

13. All entry forms and fees must be received by the organisers by Tuesday, 24th September 2013. No late forms or fees will be accepted.

14. Ciders and/or Perrys to be entered into the show must be delivered to 681 Huntley Road, Orange NSW 2800 by Tuesday 1st October 2013.

15. The judges’ decision is final.

16. The judges reserve the right not to award medals, prizes or certificates in each class.

17. Results will be published in the 2013 Australian Cider Awards booklet. Results will also be posted on the Cideroz website and the Cider Australia website.

18. Judges’ comments will be sent to the individual entrants.

19. Cider or Perry entered by an entrant into one class may be moved by the judges into another class at the judges’ discretion.

20. Exhibits will be judged out of 60 points where

  • Bronze equals 46.5 – 50.5
  • Silver equals 51 – 55
  • Gold equals 55.5 – 60.

Where Ciders or Perrys do not meet these criteria the notation ‘Best in Class’ may be indicated.

 

Classes

1. Dry Cider – specific gravity up to 1005.

2. Medium Cider – specific gravity between 1005 and 1012.

3. Sweet Cider – specific gravity 1012 and above.

4. Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Cider.

5. Dry Perry – specific gravity up to 1005.

6. Medium Perry – specific gravity between 1005 and 1012.

7. Sweet Perry – specific gravity 1012 and above.

8. Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Perry.

9. Dry Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

10. Medium Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

11. Sweet Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

12. Dry Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

13. Medium Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

14. Sweet Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

General Information:

1. The Australian Cider Awards are being organised by a volunteer show committee based in Orange, NSW.  For further information or enquiries regarding the show, please contact:

David Pickering, 681 Huntley Road, ORANGE NSW 2800

Mobile 042 727 1477

Email davidp@cideroz.com

 

2. Delivery address for entries to the Cider Awards:

David Pickering, 681 Huntley Road, Orange  NSW 2800

 

3. Venue

The competition will be held at the Orange Agricultural Institute on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October 2013.

4. Entry form for Australian Cider Awards 2013

Download the pdf file

Entry form 2013

5Awards Presentation Dinner:

As in 2012 the presentation dinner for 2013 will be held at the Sebel, Surry Hills, Sydney on Friday 18th October 2013.

“The entries winning medals and/or best in class will be showcased at the Presentation Dinner through being matched by the judges to one of the courses served. We are asking that appropriate medal winners contribute 2 x cartons (9L or equivalent) to be served at the dinner. Additional carton/s will be purchased by Cider Australia from the producer to ensure we have sufficient stock for serving. Only the selected winners will be asked to supply extra stock for the dinner.  We trust that you will agree with this move to publicise the top products in this way and will be prepared to provide this support to the dinner.”

Booking for the Awards Presentation Dinner: use the link below to download a pdf booking form and follow the instructions.

Australian Cider Awards  2013 - Presentation-Dinner

 

6. Check list of dates:

September 24th – Deadline for Entry Forms for the Australian Cider Awards.
October 1st – Deadline for entries to be delivered for the Australian Cider Awards.
October 8th – Master Class with Gary Awdey SYDNEY
October 18th – Awards Presentation Dinner SYDNEY
October 19th & 20th – Australian Cider Festival – Hotel Steyne at MANLY (Sydney)
October 19th – Producers Forum - Hotel Steyne at MANLY (Sydney)
October 20th – Members Meeting - Hotel Steyne at MANLY (Sydney)
For information on the Australian Cider Festival at the Hotel Steyne use the link below.

Australian Cider Awards 2012 – Results

Friday 12th October 2012 at The Sebel, Surry Hills.

 

Results were announced at the Presentation Dinner.

Winner of “Best in Show” – Henney’s Apple – Sweet Cider

Presentation of “Best in Show” Award for 2012.

Wayne Breguet of Best Bottlers presents the trophy to Andrew Lea who accepted the Award on behalf of Henney’s Cider.

(Photo courtesy of David Lipman, Beer and Brewers)

 

 

 

 

Winner of “Best Australian Cider” – Pipsqueak Best Cider

Winner of “Best Australian Perry” – St Ronan’s Methode Traditionelle Pear Cider

Class 1 – Dry Cider (specific gravity up to 1005)
Best in Class: Ciderhaus, Weidmann and Groh – Bohnapfel Halb-Trocken 2010
Producer Name of Cider Award
Ciderhaus Weidmann and Groh – Bohnapfel Halb-Trocken 2010 GOLD
Ciderhaus Apfelwein Kontor ‘Wein aus Apfeln” 2010 SILVER
Cider Garden Cider Garden Dry Cider SILVER
Omadale Brook Estate Tilse’s Apple Wine BRONZE
Ciderhaus Hessen – A La Carte Schoppen BRONZE
     
Class 2 –Medium Cider (specific gravity between 1005 and 1012)
Best in Class: Little Creatures, Pipsqueak Best Cider
Producer Name of Cider Award
Little Creatures Pipsqueak Best Cider SILVER
Red Sails Red Sails Cider Gold SILVER
Phoenix Beers Henney’s Dry Cider BRONZE
Omadale Brook Estate Hunter River Cider BRONZE
Australian Brewery AB Fresh Press Cider BRONZE
King Valley Cider Co King Valley Cider Company – Traditionally Tart BRONZE
Hillbilly Cider Hillbilly Apple Cider BRONZE
Oakvale Wines Oakvale Apple Cider BRONZE
Kangaroo Island Cider Kangaroo Island Cider- Colony Cove BRONZE

   
Class 3 – Sweet Cider (specific gravity 1012 and above)
Best in Class: Phoenix Beers, Henney’s Apple – Sweet Cider
Producer Name of Cider Award
Phoenix Beers Henney’s Apple – Sweet Cider GOLD
Franklin Cider Company Frank’s Summer Apple Cider BRONZE
     
Class 4 – Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Cider
Best in Class: Cerbaco Distribution, Cidre Brut Artisanal de Normandie La Pommeraie
Producer Name of Cider Award
Cerbaco Distribution Cidre Brut Artisanal de Normandie La Pommeraie SILVER
Hazeldean – Baw Baw Baw Baw Sparkling Cider SILVER
Cerbaco Distribution Cidre Doux Artisanal de Normandie La Pommeraie BRONZE
Henry of Harcourt Black Fox Cider BRONZE
St Ronan’s Cider Methode Traditionelle Apple Cider BRONZE
Kellybrook Kellys Jazz Methode BRONZE
Small Acres Cyder Small Acres Sparkling 2010 BRONZE
Napoleon Punt Methode Traditionnelle Apple Cider BRONZE
Napoleon Punt Methode Traditionnelle Early Disgorged Dry Apple Cider BRONZE
     
Class 5 – Dry Perry (specific gravity up to 1005)
Best in Class: Lobo, Lobo Dry Perry
Producer Name of Cider Award
Lobo Lobo Dry Perry BRONZE
     
Class 6 – Medium Perry (specific gravity between 1005 and 1012)
Best in Class: The Hills Cider Company, Hills Cider – Pear Traditional
Producer Name of Cider Award
The Hills Cider Company Hills Cider – Pear Traditional SILVER
Little Creatures Pipsqueak Pear Cider BRONZE
Small Acres Cyder Small Acres Poire BRONZE
     
Class 7 – Sweet Perry – specific gravity 1012 and above
Best in Class: Franklin Cider Company, Franks’ Summer Pear Cider
Producer Name of Cider Award
Franklin Cider Company Franks’ Summer Pear Cider BRONZE
     
Class 8 – Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Perry
Best in Class: St Ronan’s Cider, Methode Traditionelle Pear Cider
Producer Name of Cider Award
St Ronan’s Cider Methode Traditionelle Pear Cider GOLD
Napoleon Punt Methode Traditionnelle Pear Cider SILVER
     
Class 9 – Dry Cider made using water and/or sugar in production
Best in Class: Westons / World Brands, Old Rosie Scrumpy Carbonated
Producer Name of Cider Award
Westons / World Brands Old Rosie Scrumpy (carbonated) BRONZE
     
Class 10 – Medium Cider made using water and/or sugar in production
Best in Class: Westons / World Brands, Old Rosie Scrumpy Still
Producer Name of Cider Award
Westons / World Brands Old Rosie Scrumpy (still) BRONZE
Redwood – Old Mout Old Mout Cider – Scrumpy BRONZE
Westons / World Brands Wyld Wood Apple – Organic BRONZE
     
Class 14 – Sweet Perry made using water and/or sugar in production
Best in Class: Core Cider – Highvale, Core Sparkling Pear
Producer Name of Cider Award
Core Cider – Highvale Core Sparkling Pear BRONZE
     

Australian Cider Awards 2012

Note to Entrants:

The Presentation Dinner being held in association with the Cider Awards 2012 will take place at the Sebel in Surry Hills (Sydney). Please see the note lower down on this page under “4Awards Presentation Dinner” regarding those ciders and perrys that receive “best in class” or medals and the need to have product available for this Dinner.


Rules of Entry:

1. Where water is used in the production processes of a cider or perry (eg to reconstitute concentrate, or to adjust alcohol percentage) such products are to be entered in classes 9 – 14.

2. The use of sugar where its sole function is to promote the secondary fermentation process for products entered into classes 4 and 8 is acceptable. Where sugar or sugar substitutes are used in the production processes specifically to increase alcohol percentage or to adjust sweetness such products are to be entered in classes 9 – 14.

3. Entrants must declare the product as either Cider or Perry and enter it in one of the classes 1 – 14.

4. There is no flavoured Cider or Perry class.

5. Entrants must have a minimum of 225 litres of each product in stock at time of entry (25 dozen 750mL bottles or equivalent volume).

6. All entries must be available for sale in Australia at the time of entry.

7. The organising committee reserves the right to audit compliance in regard to entries.

8. An entry form and an entry fee must accompany each entry. Entries not accompanied by the fee and entry form will not be accepted. Entry charges for 2012 are $45 for members of Cider Australia and $55 for non-members.

9. Each entry will consist of 4 x 750mL bottles, or 8 x 375mL bottles or equivalent volume. Please note any remaining bottles may be used at the Awards Presentation Dinner. After that, any remaining bottles can be picked up at the end of the event by the entrant.

10. More than one entry per class per entrant is permitted.

11. Entries must be in a glass bottle.  All closures permitted.

12. Entries must have a label on the bottle identifying the class number and producer. No show labels will be provided.

13. All entry forms and fees must be received by the organisers by Tuesday, 2nd October 2012.  No late forms or fees will be accepted.

14. Ciders and/or Perrys to be entered into the show must be delivered to the Orange Agricultural Institute by close of business on Friday 5th October 2012.

Note: The Orange Agricultural Institute closes Saturday and Sunday and is open 08.00 - 16.00 Monday to Friday. No late deliveries accepted.

15. The judges’ decision is final.

16. The judges reserve the right not to award medals, prizes or certificates in each class.

17. Results will be published in the 2012 Australian Cider Awards booklet. Results will also be posted on the Cideroz website and the Cider Australia website.

18. Judges’ comments will be sent to the individual entrants.

19. Cider or Perry entered by an entrant into one class may be moved by the judges into another class at the judges’ discretion.

20. Exhibits will be judged out of 60 points where

  • Bronze equals 46.5 – 50.5
  • Silver equals 51 – 55
  • Gold equals 55.5 – 60.

Where Ciders or Perrys do not meet these criteria the notation ‘Best in Class’ may be indicated.

Classes

1. Dry Cider – specific gravity up to 1005.

2. Medium Cider – specific gravity between 1005 and 1012.

3. Sweet Cider – specific gravity 1012 and above.

4. Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Cider.

5. Dry Perry – specific gravity up to 1005.

6. Medium Perry – specific gravity between 1005 and 1012.

7. Sweet Perry – specific gravity 1012 and above.

8. Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Perry.

9. Dry Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

10. Medium Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

11. Sweet Cider made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

12. Dry Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

13. Medium Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

14. Sweet Perry made using water and/or sugar in the production process.

General Information:

1. The Australian Cider Awards are being organised by a volunteer show committee based in Orange, NSW.  For further information or enquiries regarding the show, please contact:

David Pickering
681 Huntley Road, Orange  NSW 2800
Mobile 042 727 1477
Email  davidp@cideroz.com
 

2Delivery address for entries to the Cider Awards:

David Pickering
Orange Agricultural Institute
1447 Forest Road, ORANGE NSW 2800

 

3. Venue

The competition will be held at the Orange Agricultural Institute on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October 2012.

4. Entry form for Australian Cider Awards 2012

Download the pdf file

Entry form 2012

5Awards Presentation Dinner:

The presentation dinner will be held at the Sebel, Surry Hills, Sydney on Friday 12th October 2012. For cost and booking details see the link below:

2012 Cider Awards – Presentation Dinner

This year the Cider Awards Presentation Dinner will be held in Sydney with up to 200 people attending. This change has been made in association with the newly formed Cider Australia to make the Awards Presentation more accessible and to better publicise the award winning ciders and perrys. This provides a fantastic opportunity to get your product in front of the right people.

The entries winning medals and/or best in class will be showcased at the Presentation Dinner through being matched by the judges to one of the courses served. We are asking that appropriate medal winners contribute 2 x cartons (9L or equivalent) to be served at the dinner. Additional carton/s will be purchased by Cider Australia from the producer to ensure we have sufficient stock for serving. Only the selected winners will be asked to supply extra stock for the dinner.  We trust that you will agree with this move to publicise the top products in this way and will be prepared to provide this support to the dinner.

6. Other Activities:

In addition to the Presentation Dinner other events will be held at Manly’s Hotel Steyne in conjunction with the 2012 Australian Cider Awards. Schedule of events below:

 Hotel Steyne events

 


Cider Australia

Following meetings at Orange NSW in September 2011 and at Healsville Vic in January 2012 a group of cider and perry producers decided to proceed with the formation of a producers organisation. As a result, Cider Australia has been incorporated (in NSW) and is working with the organisers of the Australian Cider Awards to bring to the public a number of events associated with the Awards.

Cider Australia now have their own website:

 http://www.cideraustralia.org.au/

where information about the organisation and the public events can be obtained.

Please note that Cider Australia and the Australian Cider Awards now share the same logo.

Cider Awards 2012 – Judges

The organising committee has taken a major step in regard to judging of the Australian Cider Awards 2012. Noted English cider expert Dr Andrew Lea who worked at the Long Ashton cider research station will be travelling to Australia and joining the judging panel for the 2012 Awards.

Andrew is photographed being presented with an NACM medal by the Duchess of Wessex in 2010. The presentation was made at the Royal Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet. The citation quotes   “A lifetime contribution to the cider industry”.

Photo courtesy of NACM – see link below for full background to the medal presentation.

http://cideruk.com/cider_news/view/a_lifetimes_contribution_recognised/

Max Allen and Neal Cameron  will again be a part of the judging panel and will again be joined by associate judge Lucy Maddox.

Max Allen. Max is an award-winning wine writer and backyard cidermaker. Wine columnist for The Weekend Australian and wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller, his latest book is The History of Australian Wine: Stories from the Vineyard to the Cellar Door. He has been judging at Australian wine shows since 1995, most recently as Chief Judge at both the Alternative Varieties Wine Show in Mildura and the Organic Wine Show in Sydney, and has been judging cider for magazines and competitions since 2007. He is researching a book about cider in Australia.

Neal Cameron. The architect of William Bull Brewing and Angus Red Pilsner, Neal Cameron is also an accomplished contract brewer, crafting beers for some of the best known boutique beers in Australia. Neal has recently moved to Sydney to start The Australian Brewery in Sydney’s northwest which has already produced medal winning beers under his tutelage. Neal is a regular judge at The Australian International Beer Awards, he writes for Beer & Brewer magazine (specialist subject cider) and is on the executive committee of the NSW Brewers Guild.

Results – Australian Cider Awards 2011

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:

Results: Australian Cider Awards 2011

 

For two interesting reviews of the Cider Awards and Presentation Dinner see:

Siobhan Curran’s website “Cooking From the Heart”

 Cider Awards Presentation Dinner – Siobhan Curran

 

and Pamela Harrison “Life A L’Orange”

Cider Awards Presentation Dinner – Pamela Harrison 

 

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:

Willie Simpson – She’s apples in Orange

Max Allen – Cider House Rules

Max’s article also has a video clip reviewing some of the ciders.