Paarl-based KWV has
been awarded the Worldwide Trophy and numerous Gold Awards for its brandies in
two separate global wine and spirits competitions this week.
In the first global
announcement, KWV’s 15-year-old Potstill Brandy achieved an Outstanding Gold (a
score of 93/100 or more) as well as the Worldwide Trophy for Brandy at the
International Wine and 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 scrutinized 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 to 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
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.
A key differentiator of South African Brandies are the strict laws of
production governing brandy distillers. Legislation dictates that brandy in
South Africa should be matured in 340-litre French oak barrels for a minimum of
three years – whilst other countries only require six months, to two years.
“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 up to 32 years – to allow for the quality and purity that
give our double-distilled Potstills their internationally competitive edge,”
explains KWV master distiller, Pieter de Bod.
Over the years, KWV has established itself as a key competitor at international
competitions for spirits.
“Last year, KWV’s 15-year-old claimed Best Brandy in the World, at the ISC,
after claiming the same title for KWV 20-year-old the year before. Collectively
KWV’s brandies have secured the ISC trophy eight times, and the IWSC trophy ten
times – far more than any other producer, making KWV brandy one of the most
awarded Brandy brands in the world,” says De Bod.