Our friends over the ditch have just had their 2018 New Zealand Cider Awards. Yes i’m a little slow at publishing the awards, lets just say the results were on the slow boat over…The quality bar seems to be lifting every year, particularly with the ciders – the category which now dominate the awards. Over the last few years the improvement in both quality and complexity of the winning ciders has been staggering.

And the winners of the 2018 New Zealand Cider Awards are…

Champion Trophy Winners

NZ Champion Cider
Sponsored by Hally Labels
CIDER: Ice Cider
PRODUCER: Peckham’s Cider

New Zealands Best Cider

Contemporary NZ Cider

Sponsored by Foodstuffs
Trophy Winner:
CIDER: The Huntress PRODUCER: Paynter’s Cider

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
CONTEMPORARY NZ CIDER – DRY
Silver The Alchemist Paynter’s Cider Ltd
Silver Scrumpy Apple Cider Harvest Cidery
Bronze Elemental Cider Premium Dry Elemental Cider
Bronze Crisp Apple Cider Zeffer Cider Co.
Bronze Classic Apple Cider Cider Factorie
CONTEMPORARY NZ CIDER – Medium
Gold The Huntress Paynter’s Cider Ltd
Silver Bulmers Original Apple Cider Harvest Cidery
Bronze Harvest Crisp Apple Cider Harvest Cidery
Bronze Monteiths Goldsmith Dry Cider Redwood Cider Co.
Bronze Sun Dance Peckham’s Cider
CONTEMPORARY NZ CIDER – Sweet
Silver Orchard Thieves Crisp Apple Cider Redwood Cider Co.
Bronze Rochdale Classic Apple Cider McCashins Brewery

Traditional Cider

Sponsored by Speedy Signs
TROPHY WINNER:
CIDER: Western Pathfinder PRODUCER: Peckham’s Cider

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
TRADITIONAL CIDER – DRY
Gold Reserve Dry Peckham’s Cider
Gold Western Pathfinder Peckham’s Cider
Gold Moutere Cider Peckham’s Cider
Silver The Pilgrim Paynter’s Cider Ltd
Silver Repeat Offender Dry Cider Scoundrels and Rogues
Silver Home Block Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Kingston Sour Peckham’s Cider
TRADITIONAL CIDER – MEDIUM
Gold Sweet Serious Frenchie Peckham’s Cider
Gold Sweet Frenchie Peckham’s Cider
Gold Chisel Jersey Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Pleasantly Corrupted Apple Cider Scoundrels and Rogues
Bronze Yarlington Mill Peckham’s Cider
TRADITIONAL CIDER – SWEET
Gold Demi – Sec Zeffer Cider Co.

 

New Zealand Top Ciders

PEAR CIDER / PERRY

Sponsored by Enpac
TROPHY WINNER:
CIDER: 2 Barrel Perry PRODUCER: Peckham’s Cider

 

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Silver Rochdale Classic Pear Cider McCashins Brewery
Silver 2 Barrel Perry Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Morally Bankrupt Pear Cider Scoundrels and Rogues
Bronze Moutere Perry Peckham’s Cider

 

CIDER WITH SPICE, BOTANICALS OR HONEY

Sponsored by The Shout
TROPHY WINNER:
CIDER: Apple Crumble Cider PRODUCER: Zeffer Cider Co.

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Gold Apple Crumble Cider Zeffer Cider Co.
Silver Czech’s Cyser Peckham’s Cider
Silver Elderflower Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Rochdale Ginger & Lime Cider McCashins Brewery
Bronze Rochdale Mojito Cider McCashins Brewery
Bronze Steel Press Cider Bee Steel Press Cider LTD
Bronze Steel Press Cider Maple & Pine Steel Press Cider LTD
Bronze Indian Summer Peckham’s Cider

 

 

CIDER WITH FRUIT

Sponsored by RD2
TROPHY WINNER:
CIDER: Bohemian Twig & Berries PRODUCER: Bohemian Cider

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Silver Rochdale Three Berry Cider McCashins Brewery
Silver Bohemian Twig & Berries Bohemian Cider
Silver Old Mout Boysencider Redwood Cider Co.
Silver Old Mout Scrumpy & Blackcurrant Redwood Cider Co.
Silver Old Mout Scrumpy & Tropical Redwood Cider Co.
Silver Old Mout Scrumpy & Berry Redwood Cider Co.
Silver Good George Scarlett Peach Cider Good George Brewing
Silver Good George Feijoa Cider Good George Brewing
Bronze Thomas & Rose Apple Cider with Nashi Pear and Passionfruit Harvest Cidery
Bronze Harvest Summer Citrus Cider with Lemon Harvest Cidery
Bronze Left Branch Strawberry Left Branch Cider
Bronze Left Branch Real Boysenberry Left Branch Cider
Bronze Cherry Cider Zeffer Cider Co.
Bronze Old Mout Feijoa & Cider Redwood Cider Co.
Bronze Boysenberry Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Berry Sour Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Good George Doris Plum Cider Good George Brewing

 

ICE CIDER

Sponsored by TOLL
TROPHY WINNER:
CIDER: Ice Cider PRODUCER: Peckham’s Cider

 

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Gold Ice Cider Peckham’s Cider
Silver Cold Shoulder Ice Cider Scoundrels and Rogues
Silver Ice Cider The Cider Factorie
Bronze Sweet Despair Ice Perry Scoundrels and Rogues
Bronze Redwood Sparkling Ice Cider Redwood Cider Co.

 

BOTTLE FERMENTED

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Silver Resident Hawk Cider Factorie
Silver Perfect Pear Cider Factorie
Bronze Reserve Dry pet. Nat. Peckham’s Cider

 

OTHER SPECIALITY CIDER

MEDAL CIDER PRODUCER
Silver Evil Genius Imperial Cider Scoundrels and Rogues
Silver Pommeau Peckham’s Cider
Bronze Strongbow Blossom Rose Spar- kling Apple Cider Harvest Cidery
Bronze Brett Monster Peckham’s Cider

The full results and program can be downloaded here