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Welsh cider scoops top two spots at national competition.

WELSH cider and perry dominated the awards at this year's Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) UK championships.

Springfield in Monmouthshire won the cider gold medal for its Wobbly Munk cider, described by the judges as having "fantastic balance with a pleasantly sharp aftertaste of apple and bitter lemon".

CJ's, a few miles away in Usk, won silver for its cider while Gwynt y Ddraig, of Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, won silver in the perry section and Raglan Cider Mill in Monmouthshire won bronze.

Alan Wordsworth, who runs Springfield with his wife Jo, said: "We're very pleased but surprised because last year was absolutely awful for apples. "But as we're working a year behind in our cider, its impact was mitigated because we can be canny with how we blend.

"You can cope with one bad year in cider making but hope that you won't get two."

Springfield Cider was established in 1998 with the planting of 27,000 bush cider trees in 110 acres in Monmouthshire, and it produces 7,000 litres of real cider a year.

Andrea Briers, Camra's national cider and perry committee chairman, said this year had been impressive due to the "sheer range of flavour within what was a very accomplished field of entries". The championships were held at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 5, 2013
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