South African brandies wow at 2015 Veritas Awards

Veritas Awards

From back left: Ilse du Toit (KWV), Lourens Stander (KWV), Wynand Storm (KWV), Charles Hopkins (Veritas chairman), Andre Simonis (Oude Molen), Riaan Bredell (Distell) and Bennie Howard (Veritas). Front: Marlene Bester (Van Ryn), Mare-Loe Prinsloo (Distell), Winnie Bowman (Cape Wine Master), Pieter de Bod (KWV), Christelle Reade-Jahn (SA Brandy Foundation). Photographer: Andrew Gorman

At the 25th anniversary of SA’s premier wine and brandy awards, local brandy producers scooped the gold awards: 11 Double Gold and six Gold medals from 32 entries.

“The story of brandy is fascinating,” says the SA Brandy Foundation. “It takes five litres of the finest wine to make one litre of the spirit. And then it has to mature untouched for at least three years.” South Africa is known to have some of the finest wines in the world. What’s less known locally is that it also has some of the finest brandies in the world. At the International Wine & Spirits competition a South African brandy has been awarded the Worldwide Best Brandy – for six consecutive years!

“South African brandy is governed by some of the most stringent production regulations in the world, which is one of the reasons they all remain so highly regarded across the world,”explains Brandy Foundation Director Christelle Reade-Jahn.

And the results for this year’s Veritas awards reflected the appeal abroad. “We were delighted to see the results this year where our regular world champions proved to be as popular at home as in overseas competitions,” she says.

“Notably, blended brandies were awarded two gold medals and it was great to see brandies from among others like Oude Molen Ladismith, Flight of the Fish Eagle and Collison’s get recognition in the top echelons of the competition too.”

Paarl-based KWV was undoubtedly the star of the evening, taking home three Double Gold awards for its 10, 12 and 15 Year Old Potstill brandies. It also won a Gold for its KWV 20 Year Old Potstill Brandy and Silver for its Imoya Brandy. No surprise then that KWV was named Best Producer for the fifth consecutive year.

“For our team, it’s not about winning an award, it’s the recognition we get as a team for what we love and believe in and this comes naturally through our commitment to the KWV strategy of always finishing great,” says KWV Master Distiller Pieter de Bod.

Double Gold medals were also snapped up by Oude Meester Demant and Oude Meester 18 Year Old; Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old and Van Ryn’s 15 Year Old; Collison’s White Gold, Flight of the Fish Eagle, Richelieu 10 Year Old and Ladismith 8 Year Old.

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You can sample the winning brandies on the following dates: Cape Town (20 October), Johannesburg (27 October), Durban (4 November), Port Elizabeth (10 November) and Knysna (11 and 12 November). .

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