Springfield Wobbly Munk may sound like one of Homer Simpsons drinking buddies, but cider connoisseurs will recognise it as the UK’s new champion cider for 2013.
CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) is celebrating it’s 25th year of campaigning for real cider and perry and recently announced the winners of the National Cider and Perry Championships with Monmouthshire-based producer Springfield coming out on top.
The top three in each category are as follows:
Gold Springfield Wobbly Munk, Monmouthshire
Silver C.J.’s Surprise, Gwent
Bronze West Milton, Dorset
Gold Dunkertons, Herefordshire
Silver Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees, Glamorgan
Bronze Raglan Cider Mill Snowy Owl, Monmouthshire
Judges described Wobbly Munk as having ‘fantastic balance with a pleasantly sharp aftertaste of apple and bitter lemon’.
The winner of the Perry Gold medal is Dunkertons Perry which the judges described as ‘initially sweet but develops into a dry, complex, white wine-like character with a lasting aftertaste’.
The final round of judging for CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2013 took place at Reading Beer and Cider festival.
The competition featured ciders and perries from across the UK, with each cider and perry judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top prizes were awarded by a specially chosen panel of judges including publicans, drinks writers and CAMRA members.
Alan Wordsworth, owner of Springfield Cider, had this to say on hearing Wobbly Munk had taken the top spot.
“I’m absolutely delighted, if anything a little surprised because we thought the Wobbly Munk we made the previous year was even better – but it’s gratifying to know it still pleases people.”
Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman, was impressed by the quality and diversity of entries: “This year it was impressive to see the sheer range of flavour within what was a very accomplished field of entries.
“The quality of ciders and perries was genuinely outstanding in 2013, but the diversity is what really impresses and which makes these beautiful beverages something we think everybody should give a try.”