BORENORE’S Small Acres Cyder has taken out one of the top prizes at this year’s Australian Cider Awards, being named champion Australian cider last weekend.
The cider awards attracted 160 entries, including a large number from the UK and Europe, with South Australia’s The Hills Cider Company’s Pear named champion of show.
Cider maker and Small Acres Cyder owner James Kendell said his winning drop, The Cat’s Pyjamas, was the company’s latest bottle-fermented sparkling cider and was only released to the public last weekend.
“The Cat’s Pyjamas is a 1920s jazz saying, meaning the bee’s knee’s or something that is the best that it can be,” he said.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better result for a cider with this name.”
Having spent the past seven years making cider, Mr Kendell said it was fantastic to have done so well at an internationally-recognised show.
“A lot of hard work goes into it but we’re very pleased,” he said.
“When we first started thinking about making cider as a business, that was around eight or 10 years ago, and we knew we weren’t in for an easy ride. Cider wasn’t on everyone’s radar but now it’s become much more popular and had much more exposure.
“It’s really rewarding to see the improvement in quality of Australian ciders and this was reflected by the significant increase in the number of medals awarded to Australian cider producers this year.’’
Small Acres Cyder was awarded a gold medal for The Cat’s Pyjamas and three silver medals for its Sparkling Perry 2012, Sparkling Cider 2011 and Somerset Still 2013.
Borodell Vinyard was awarded a silver for its Heritage Cider.