Well It’s that time of year. The 2019 Australian Cider Awards.
Cider Australia has announced the winners of its 2019 Australian Cider Awards at a gala dinner in Melbourne this evening. Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider from South Australia won ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best New World Cider’ and ‘Best Australian Cider’ with a score of 97 in the New World Medium Sweet Cider class.
It’s been a pretty tough year Australian Agriculture. Most of the state’s are suffering through the worst drought since records began. But tonight there the rain is falling the ciders are cold and there are smiles on faces. The industry is growing in quality and depth and the 2018 Australian Cider Awards celebrate that.
Small Acres have probably won more awards than anybody else on the Australian Cider scene. The 2013 version of this took out the Best Perry at the 2016 Cider Awards. So, with this year’s awards right around the corner is the Small Acres 2016 Perry a hot tip to take out the gong again?
You know what’s not cool? Champagne. Do you know what is cool? Moscato, at least according to Drake. But we all know cider is cooler than any wine. So that when Small Acres had the brilliant idea of making a cider inspired by Moscato. Introducing the Appscato.
Let me tell you a story about the 2013 Australian Champion Cider. Orange in New South Wales is where you will find the Small Acres estate. In 2013 they released The 2011 Cat’s Pajamas. A vintage cider only made in the good years. To tell you the full story we have to go all the way back to 2010
This is the second time I have reviewed Small Acres Cyder Sparkling Traditional Dry I thought I had quite a good “Real Cider Review” typed up after sharing the 2011 vintage cider with some friends. We all had a glass, we all ooo-ed and ahh-ed at the appropriate moments. I tried my best to type as the opinions came forth. The Next day I came back to my draft to add the photos and prepare the piece for you to read, then… Disaster!