In the first global announcement, KWV’s 15-year-old Potstill Brandy achieved an Outstanding Gold (a score of 93/100 or more) and the Worldwide Trophy for Brandy – outscoring all other brandies – at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).
This competition, which aims to set the international benchmark for quality in wine and spirits, receives entries from nearly 90 countries, with their submissions scrutinised by over 400 global experts. Proving that quality is evidenced throughout its ranks, KWV’s Worldwide Trophy for Brandy is flanked by a handful of Gold Awards for its other potstill brandies, from the same competition.
In addition to its global award, KWV was also awarded Gold Awards (a score of 90- 92,9/100) for the KWV 20-year-old and 12-year-old potstills.
KWV also received Gold for its Heritage XO Cognac, made in partnership with French House of Charpentier, from a blend of Cognacs from the Petit Champagne region in France.
The quality of KWV’s brandies was also recognised by judges in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) – a separate competition, but equally influential – where KWV mirrored its IWSC performance by also claiming Gold for its Potstill 12-year-old and its 20-year-old.
“At KWV, we take this regimen a step further with our potstill brandies, allowing for decades of maturation – in the instance of the KWV 20-year-old, it can include brandies of up to 32 years in age – to allow for the quality and purity that give our double-distilled potstills their internationally competitive edge,” KWV Master Distiller Pieter de Bod.
Over the years, KWV has established itself as one of the world’s fiercest competitors at international competitions for spirits.
“The fact that brandies in the KWV collection have all secured various trophies and awards over the years indicates that our team of distillers have mastered a distinct DNA and a top-secret recipe for success,” concludes De Bod.