Irish cider wins top prize at Australian Cider Awards

Magners Original Apple cider takes the Best in Show at the 2017 Australian Cider Awards

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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 a gala dinner in Melbourne on the 27th October.

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.

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