Off the back of winning the “Dry Style” category at the 2017 World Cider Awards in London earlier this month, Sidewood is elated to share that our Pear Cider has won the “World’s Best Pear Cider” at the finals for the international judging competition over-night.
Sidewood’s Pear Cider was chosen over Cider producers from eight different countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; two of the top Cider producing countries in the world. Sidewood apple and pear cider production commenced in 2014. The Adelaide Hills winery and cidery has since gone from strength to strength boasting an award-winning portfolio that includes over 20 trophies and 200 gold medals.
Owners and Vignerons, Owen and Cassandra Inglis founded Sidewood in 2004 with a passion to create beautifully balanced and elegant award-winning wines and ciders of the highest quality. Under the watchful eye of Head Winemaker and Cidermaker, Darryl Catlin, Sidewood achieved five red-star accreditation from James Halliday and last year became the largest eco-sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills.
Owner, Owen Inglis believes Sidewood’s exponential success is down to only a couple of factors,
“The first and most important contributing factor to our success is the people that work behind the brand. Without the shared team enthusiasm for what we’re doing, we wouldn’t be able to get as far as we have with Sidewood.”
“Produced through basket pressing, the process to make Sidewood Cider is acknowledged as a high quality, hand crafted process. Sidewood’s commitment to quality is evident in our investment in our cider making facilities and expansion plans at our Nairne Winery and Cidery in the Adelaide Hills” he said.
“To receive an award of this magnitude when we’re only at the start of our journey with cider production is incredibly humbling and makes us more excited to see the quality of Cider we can produce once we have implemented all of our plans which include planting our own orchard and setting up our own bottling line in 2017 to work alongside our existing canning line” Owen said.
Producing hand-crafted cider with a focus on quality is clearly paying off, Sidewood produce their cider all under one roof at the Nairne cidery and winery. Fresh apples and pears are milled before juicing, fermenting and kegging and canning. All fruit is individually inspected and washed before going into production for quality assurance. Setting itself apart from the competition, Sidewood decided to not use sugar or concentrate in production making it one of the lowest sugar content ciders in the market – 100% fruit and as fresh as it gets.
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 and Sidewood are delighted to have been recognised.
Based on tests conducted in October 2016 Sidewood has one, if not the lowest sugar contents in the market:
SIDEWOOD PEAR CIDER SUGAR CONTENT 0.91/100ml
SIDEWOOD APPLE CIDER SUGAR CONTENT 1.8 g/100 ml
HIGHEST SUGAR OF APPLE CIDERS TESTED 9.0 g/100 ml
AVERAGE 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.)
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 at www.sidewood.com.au at Thirsty Camel (SA & NT) and selected Cellarbrations stores as well as a host of independent retailers across South Australia.