Sidewood’s Pear Cider can now add “Best Dry Pear Cider/Perry in the World” to its list of accolades after taking out the trophy in the “Best Dry Perry” and “Best Australian Cider” categories at the 2017 World Cider Awards in London this week. Almost equally as impressive, Sidewood’s Apple Cider won Gold in the “Best Dry Sparkling Cider” category.
Sidewood’s Owner, Owen Inglis was elated with the award,
“The award is a testament to the passion, hard work and commitment to quality by our wine making and cider making team headed up by Darryl Catlin, who is responsible for producing Sidewood Cider.”
“Our handcrafted cider – fully produced in the Adelaide Hills has always contained just fresh 100% Adelaide Hills grown apples and pears. Our dedication and desire to producing a pure, fresh product without fillers or sweeteners means we never comprise on quality which has paid us dividends with this award”.
“Sidewood is unique to South Australia in that we , mill, press, ferment, can and keg all under one roof at our Nairne cidery and are presently setting up our bottling line which will be operational very shortly.” he said.
The World Cider Awards are the global awards selecting the very best recognised cider styles by country and then globally. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the World’s Best Ciders to consumer and trade throughout the world.
WHAT SETS SIDEWOOD CIDER APART
With people being more aware of the constituents of what they consume, Sidewood made the conscious decision to not add anything to its cider other than apples and pears when it commenced production in 2014. The cider making process has similarities to white wine making and hence the transitional ease for winemakers to enter into the cider market.
Traditionally, mass-produced ciders can sometimes be comparatively sweet tasting as they often include concentrate or added sugar. Sidewood’s product tastes as one would expect – like a fresh pear or apple. Based on tests conducted in October 2016 Sidewood has one of the lowest sugar contents in the market:
SIDEWOOD APPLE CIDER SUGAR CONTENT 1.8 g/100 ml
HIGHEST SUGAR OF APPLE CIDERS TESTED 9.0 g/100 ml
AVERGE OF THOSE TESTED (SAMPLE SIZE 15) 4.56 g/100 ml
(Due to the fact that Sidewood cider relies solely on fruit with no added concentrates, syrup or sugar, Sidewood’s sugar content, will vary fractionally from time to time based on the fruit available.)
SIDEWOOD CIDER’S FUTURE
As the fastest growing drink category primarily among women but with the male consumer base also increasing rapidly, Sidewood is investing in Sidewood Cider’s future. Last year Sidewood planted an orchard at their Nairne winery with the intention to take control of the growing process to assure the best quality fruit is used in the Cider products. The business also installed a dedicated cider canning line, becoming the first ‘craft’ cider producer in South Australia with this in-house processing. Sidewood Cider in a can’s appeal has already attracted event sponsorship opportunities like the sold-out music festival, Groovin The Moo which Sidewood Cider was the major Cider sponsor for this year and was attended by 17,000 people. Sidewood is also in the planning stages of building a Cider House with the proposed development to open in the Adelaide Hills in the foreseeable future.
BUY SIDEWOOD CIDER
Sidewood cider in 375 ml cans will come in a pack of 10 whilst the 330ml bottled product is available as a six-pack. Sidewood’s bottled product can be purchased online by clicking here and at Thirsty Camel (SA & NT) and selected Cellarbrations stores as well as a host of independent retailers across South Australia.