Tutū Cider, produced by Kono NZ, has been awarded the Trophy for Best New World Cider at the NZ Cider Awards 2016. The increasing popularity of cider saw a record number of entries in the 2016 awards.
Judging for these highly acclaimed awards, now in their 32nd year, took place in Nelson, the heart of New Zealand apple country. Six judges tasted 117 Ciders and Fruit Wines over a two-day period. The judging team was led by Justin Oliver, and included Yvonne Lorkin, James Rowan, Dylan Jauslin, Adrian Harrison with Associate Judge Alix Muir.
“Tutū Cider was only launched a year ago, so we’re so pleased to receive this recognition of quality so early on. After also winning the People’s Choice Award for cider at Beervana, we’re feeling really encouraged,” says Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono NZ.
Jarrod Robinson, Head Cider Maker of Kono NZ, says he is “honoured and humbled for the recognition following what was a huge Te Tau Ihu effort. Our Kono Horticulture team grow the Fuji apples, our cider making team produce it, and our marketing and sales team promote and sell it.”
Chief Steward of the awards Bradford Tetlow says he was pleased with the consistency of entries. “The future for New Zealand cider looks very promising, and the judges were overall very impressed. The innovation coming from the industry is going to keep our judges on their toes, and that is a good thing for everyone.”