A trio of South African potstill brandies has been awarded by international benchmarking competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
From the House of Van Ryn’s in Stellenbosch, a gold medal for the Van Ryn’s Fine Cask Reserve 15 year old, and a silver for the Van Ryn’s Distiller’s Reserve 12 year old, while the Robertson-based Klipdrift Distillery also proved its mettle with Klipdrift Gold claiming a silver medal. This brandy has components of potstill brandies which have been aged up to 21 years, resulting in a multifaceted brandy which continues to earn Klipdrift international acclaim.
“It has been a great year for the House of Van Ryn’s and we continue to build on our success as it motivates us to new heights,” said Van Ryn’s Master Distiller Marlene Bester.
First established in 1994, this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held in Guiyang, capital of South West China’s Guizhoi province and attracted nearly 1400 spirits from 43 countries, vying for recognition at one of the world’s most authoritative spirit competitions. The Concours Mondial exists to provide consumers with wines and spirits “of irreproachable quality offering a truly pleasurable drinking experience, from across the globe and the price points”, has earned its reputation by selecting renowned judges of proven expertise.
“South Africans can rightfully be proud of our fine potstill brandies which continue to shine on a global stage. This award comes just in time to select one which suits your tastebuds and raise a brandy balloon on Heritage Day in honour of generations of brandy makers and their traditions,” said Distell brandy ambassador Nick Holdcroft.