Continuing on their journey to broaden the palates of Australia’s craft drinks lovers, Willie Smith’s today release two new small batch, heirloom apple ciders: Willie Smith’s Yarlington Mill and Willie Smith’s French Blend.


The Houn Valley based cider makers aim to make Australian drinkers aware of the unique flavours and characteristics of cider apples.


“Just as table grapes vastly differ to those grown for wine, traditional cider apples bring a level of complexity, structure and depth of character to cider’ said Tim Jones, Head Cider Maker at Willie Smith’s.


The Willie Smith’s 2018 Yarlington Mill showcases the apple of the same name – one of the great bittersweet cider apples of England.


Paying homage to the traditional French master cider makers in Brittany and Normandy, the Willie Smith’s 2018 French Blend is a blend of 15 cider apple varietals, made in the style of those regions.


“Our focus has always been to show just how interesting cider can be, which comes back to the apples used – and this is why we are investing in orchards of these varieties” said Sam Reid, Co-Founder and Managing Director.


“We launched this series of wine-style ciders, in 2015 and have been overwhelmed with praise from professional judges, our customers and drinkers alike. We’re delighted to continually see these ciders on wine lists of some of the most awarded restaurants around the country” continued Mr Reid.


Available at the Willie Smith’s Apple Shed in Grove, Tasmania from Thursday 17 October and all good independent retailers from Monday 22 October onwards.