Peckham's win big at New Zealand cider awards in Nelson
Nelson's Peckham's Cider again won the overall champion trophy at the New Zealand Cider Awards.
The awards were held at Founders Park on Friday night and included the New Zealand Fruit Wine Awards. It was the first time the awards have been held in Nelson, to coincide with the New Zealand Cider Festival at Founders on Saturday.
Peckham's Cider co-founder Caroline Peckham said they started making ciders on a "tiny scale" five years ago.
She said it was great to see cider developing around the country and the standard getting higher every year.
Peckham's won the overall champion trophy with their Major Tom 2015 cider as well as Best Traditional Cider for the same product.
"[I'm] elated and really proud of our team, we've been putting our heart and soul into making good quality cider for five years now and it's just fantastic to see it recognised," she said.
Peckham's also won the overall champion and Best New World Cider awards last year when it entered for the first time.
Fruit Wine and Cider Makers Association chairman Hamish Jackson said the standard of ciders had increased "incredibly" in the last five years.
He said the industry had grown "massively" with a lot of new, young people starting to make cider with fresh ideas in mind.
Kono NZ won Best New World Cider this year with their Tutū Cider.
The Best Berry/Pear cider was awarded to McCashins Brewery for their Rochdale Classic Pear Cider and the Best Speciality Cider went to Zeffer Cider Co for their Apple Crumble Cider.
Three trophies were awarded for the best fruit wines, including Highest Scoring Fruit Wine Trophy and Best Still Red Fruit Wine Trophy both for Sur Le Mur for their Sur Le Mur Red.
The Best Fortified Wine Trophy was awarded to Ruahine Ports for their Plump Pheasant.
This years awards saw 117 cider and fruit wine entries, comprising 98 ciders and 19 fruit wines, a 20 per cent increase from last year.