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Jack Ratt Secures Prestigious Win for Lyme Bay

Lyme Bay Winery’s Jack Ratt Scrumpy cider has won the prestigious three Star Gold at The Great Taste Awards 2009 – the first ever cider to win this accolade.

Named after Jack Rattenbury – a notorious Lyme Bay smuggler – it is available in a variety of sizes. This traditional, still fruity cider has a softness that is given to the flavour by having left the cider on the lees so a secondary malolactic fermentation takes place.

The Guild of Fine Food, who organise the annual Great Taste Awards,  say a three-star gold is the highest level of award any producer can aspire to and is recognised as the definitive independent accreditation of quality. The Guild is theUK trade association for anyone making or selling top quality local, regional and speciality food and drink.

The 1,300-plus members include; delicatessens, fine food halls and farm shop, speciality food producers, from cheese-makers to chocolatiers, importers and distributors of gourmet foods from around the world,and suppliers of equipment and services to support the fine food sector.

Using freshly pressed juice of locally grown, traditional cider apples such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill Jack Ratt Scrumpy is just one of the range of ciders available.

For more details of Lyme Bay go to www.lymebaywinery.co.uk

Related link: Welsh ciders win at Great Taste Awards

CAMRA makes a number of Cider and Perry awards throughout the year to producers in recognition of excellence. Below is a list of the National awards for cider and perry since 1990.

You can taste these award-winning ciders at cider houses, cider pubs or direct from the producers.

2010

Cider

  • GOLD – Sandford Orchards, Cider (Crediton, Devon)
  • SILVER – Gwynt y Ddraig, Black Dragon (Llantwit Fardre, South Wales)
  • BRONZE – Pickled Pig, Porker’s Snout (Stretham, Cambridgeshire)

Perry

  • GOLD – Hartlands, Farmhouse Perry (Tirley, Gloucestershire)
  • SILVER – Rathays, Brandy (Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire)
  • BRONZE – Ralph’s, Old Badland Perry (New Radnor, Powys)

2009

Cider

  • GOLD – Gwatkin, Yarlington Mill (Abbey Dore,Herefordshire)
  • SILVER (Joint) – Orchards, Wye Cider (Brockweir, Gloucestershire)
  • SILVER (Joint) – Rosie’s Triple D Cider (Llandegla, Denbighshire)

Perry

  • GOLD – Broadoak Perry (Clutton, Somerset)
  • SILVER – Seidr Dai Painted Lady Perry (Cardiff, Glamorgan)
  • BRONZE – Gwatkin Blakeney Red (Abbey Dore,Herefordshire)

2008

Cider

  • GOLD – Green Valley Farmhouse Vintage Cyder (Devon)
  • SILVER – West Croft Janet’s Jungle Juice (Somerset)
  • BRONZE – Blaengawney Cider (Gwent)

Perry

  • GOLD – Gregg’s Pit Perry (Herefordshire)
  • SILVER – Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry (Herefordshire)
  • BRONZE – Hartland’s Perry (Gloucestershire)

2007

Cider

  • GOLD – West Croft Janet’s Jungle Juice (Somerset)
  • SILVER – Cornish Orchards Dry (Cornwall)
  • BRONZE – Green Valley Cyder Vintage Farmhouse (Devon)

Perry

  • GOLD – Hartlands (Gloucestershire)
  • SILVER – Newton Court (Herefordshire)
  • BRONZE – Gwatkin Malvern Hills (Herefordshire)

2006

Cider

  • GOLD – Hecks Kingston Black (Somerset)
  • SILVER – Harechurch Dry (Gloucestershire)
  • BRONZE – Dening’s Medium (Somerset)

Perry

  • GOLD – Seidr Dai (Cardiff)
  • SILVER – Ross on Wye (Hereford)
  • BRONZE – Mr Whiteheads (Hampshire)

2005

Cider

  • GOLD – Ralph’s 3B’s Cider (New Radnor)
  • SILVER – Upton Sweet (Oxfordshire)
  • BRONZE – Newton Court Medium (Herefordshire)

Perry

  • GOLD – Gwynt Y Ddraig (Glamorgan)
  • SILVER – Minchew’s (Gloucestershire)
  • BRONZE – Heck’s Farmhouse (Somerset)

2004

Cider

  • GOLD – Gwynt Y Ddraig – Medium
  • SILVER – Upton – Sweet
  • BRONZE – Dunkertons – Medium

Perry

  • GOLD – Gwatkin – Blakeney Red
  • SILVER – Summers
  • BRONZE – Butford Farm – Dryd

2003

Cider

  • GOLD – Summers – Medium
  • SILVER – Gwynt Y Ddraig – Medium
  • BRONZE – Hecks – Hangdown

Perry

  • GOLD – Hartland’s – Sweet
  • SILVER – Double Vision – Medium
  • BRONZE – Barkers – Dry

2002

Cider

  • GOLD – Gwatkin’s Yarlington Mill
  • SILVER – Cornish Orchards
  • BRONZE – Burrow Hill – Sweet

Perry

  • GOLD – Minchew’s – Blakeney Red
  • SILVER – Hindlip – Sweet
  • BRONZE – Hecks’ – Hendry Huffcap

2001

Cider

  • GOLD – Weston’s Old Rosie
  • SILVER – Dunkerton’s Organic
  • BRONZE – Gwatkin Foxwhelp

Perry

  • GOLD – Hecks
  • SILVER – Franklin
  • BRONZE – Gwatkin’s Oldfield

2000

Cider

  • GOLD – Weston’s Old Rosie
  • SILVER – Gwatkin’s Yarlington Mill
  • BRONZE – Luscombe Dry

Perry

  • GOLD – Dunkerton’s
  • SILVER – Westons
  • BRONZE – Gwatkin’s Oldfield

1999

Cider

  • Weston’s Old Rosie – Herefordshire

Perry

  • Weston’s – Herefordshire

1998

Cider

  • New Forest Cider, Hampshire

Perry

  • Dunkerton’s – Herefordshire

1997

Cider

  • not awarded

Perry

  • Summers

1996

Cider

  • West Croft Cider – Somerset

Perry

  • Westons’s – Herefordshire

1995

Cider

  • Gwatkins – Herefordshire

Perry

  • Lyne Down – Herefordshire

1994

Cider

  • not held

Perry

  • not held

1993

Cider

  • Biddenden’s – Kent

Perry

  • Lyne Down – Herefordshire

1992

Cider

  • Theobalds

Perry

  • Lyne Down – Herefordshire

1991

Cider

  • Theobalds

Perry

  • Lyne Down – Herefordshire

1990

Cider

  • Theobalds

Perry

  • Lyne Down – Herefordshire
Gwynt Y Draig Vintage Cider

Gwynt Y Draig Vintage Cider

The Guild of Fine Food have announced the winners for the 2009 Great Taste Awards and Welsh Brewers and Cidermakers have again done well in the competition.
Gwynt Y Ddraig have walked away with 3 stars, the highest award, for their Vintage 06 bottled cider. They also received one star for their bottled Orchard Gold, as did Ty Bryn Cider with their Sweetened Sparkling Cider.

Vintage 06 is descibed by Operations Director Bill George as, “A blend of our very best cider apple varieties from the Autumn of 2006, fermented slowly and left to mature for twelve months before making its way to the bottle. A masterpiece of flavours to enjoy by itself, or as an accompaniment to any menu”. The cider is fermented in oak and is described as medium-dry.

There is an open day coming up on the weekend of the 8th-9th August 2009, 1100-2100 Sat, 11-1900 Sun.