Irish cider wins top prize at Australian Cider Awards

28 Oct 2017

Magners Original Apple cider has won the Best in Show at the 2017 Australian Cider Awards in the largest ever field of entries.

Cider producers and industry representatives from across Australia gathered to honour the winners of the Awards at Friday night’s gala dinner in Melbourne.

Magners Original Apple was awarded the top prize because it displayed a perfect balance of sugar, tannin and overall complexity combined with toasty, savoury, creamy notes – the ‘wow’ factor that helped this product rise to the top.

Cider Australia President Sam Reid said the night was particularly memorable because Cider Australia presented its inaugural Champion of the Industry Award, a new award that honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian cider industry over a prolonged period of time.

“The Award was presented posthumously to Harcourt orchardist and cider maker Drew Henry”, said Mr Reid.

“Drew was a passionate advocate for craft cider, a generous educator and a leader in his field, and the Australian cider industry is in a better place as a result of Drew’s involvement”.

Four other gold medals were awarded in the competition to St Ronan’s Cider from Victoria, The Barossa Cider Co along with new entrant The Sparkke Change Beverage Company from South Australia and the UK’s Westons Cider.

Chief Steward of the Awards Nyall Condon said it is amazing to see how far the Awards have come in just a few years with a record 250 local and international entries (25% more than last year) and a big step up in the number and grade of medals being awarded.

A list of the Award winners is attached. Full results are contained in the 2017 Australian Cider Awards Results Booklet.

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Best in Show Magners with Original Apple
Best Traditional Cider St Ronan’s with Methode Traditionelle Heritage
Best New World Cider Magners with Original Apple
Best Perry Carmel Cider with Pear
Best Cider and Perry Blend LOBO Cider with Apple & Pear
Best Intensified/Distilled Cider or Perry Small Acres Cyder with 2015 Pomona Ice
Best Australian Cider or Perry St Ronan’s with Methode Traditionelle Heritage
Best International Cider or Perry Magners with Original Apple
Most Successful Small Producer (< 50,000 litres per year) Small Acres Cyder
Most Successful Larger Producer (>50,000 litres per year)   Westons Cider
Inaugural “Champion of the Industry Award” Drew Henry        



Class 1A New World Dry Cider


Winter Brook Vintage Cider 2016 Winter Brook
Class 1B Traditional Dry Cider



Willie Smiths Somerset Red Streak Dry Cider William Smith & Sons
Class 2A New World Medium Cider Original Apple Magners
Class 2B Traditional Medium Cider


Wyld Wood Organic Apple Westons Cider
Class 3A New World Sweet Cider Squashed Apple Cider The Barossa Cider Co
Class 3B Traditional Sweet Cider LOBO Royale LOBO Cider
Class 4A/B Method Traditional (disgorged) Cider Methode Traditionelle Heritage St Ronan’s
Class 5A New World Dry Perry Pear Perry Spreyton Cider Co
Class 5B Traditional Dry Perry No entries
Class 6A New World Medium Perry Packham Pear The Cider Lab
Class 6B Traditional Medium Perry Pear Cider Twisted Sister Cider
Class 7A New World Sweet Perry


Mr Finch Pear Perry (Bottle) Mr Finch
Class 7B Traditional Sweet Perry No entries
Class 8A/B Method Traditional (disgorged) Perry Pear Carmel Cider
Class 9 Speciality/Experimental Cider or Perry The Hills Cider Company Hop Edition The Hills Cider Company
Class 10 Apple and Pear Blends LOBO Apple & Pear LOBO Cider
Class 11 Cider or Perry with Fruit



The Hills Cider Company Apple Ginger The Hills Cider Company
Class 12 Ice Cider or Perry


Small Acres Cyder 2015 Pomona Ice Small Acres Cyder
Class 13 Pommeau


Small Acres Cyder 2010 Pommeau Small Acres Cyder
Class 14 Apple or Pear Spirit


The Hills Cider Company Adelaide Hills Distillery Virgin Apple Spirit


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