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Compiled by Tracy Knox

The

Spirit

of

South

Africa

When one thinks about South Africa

and what makes it what it is, a number

of thoughts come to mind: just a

few are rugby, braaing, the Big Five,

Table Mountain, Mrs Ball's chutney,

biltong and of course, brandy. And

the best of the best were on show

at this year's Fine Brandy Fusion

(previously the Fine Brandy Festival),

held at Sandton Convention Centre

over this past weekend.

Anyone partial to a drop of brandy would have

enjoyed this event, which first started out as a

small industry event and is now considered to

be one of the ultimate expressions of this luxury

product and the lifestyle surrounding it. To prove

this point, brandy lovers, celebrity guests and

Jozi’s social set braved the cold to savour South

Africa’s internationally admired brandies at the

highly-imaginative, interactive and boutique

stands.

Not just a social happening, this event also

served to highlight just how fine our locally

produced, individualistic brandies are, having

earned an incredible run of accolades at the

International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC)

over the past three decades. No fewer than

14 local brandies have won the much soughtafter

Worldwide Best Brandy trophy, the last

five years were in succession - and after tasting

them we could understand why.

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El Broide and Leeroy Wright

Purists and enthusiastic novices had the

opportunity to experience tutored tasting

and master classes under the auspices

of Kobus Gelderblom, a master distiller

and international wine and spirits judge.

Gelderblom's tasting talk - 'Share the Spirit:

Journey from Grape to Best Brandy in the

World' - covered the creation of base wine,

to distillation, maturation, then to blending

and finally a tasting of six award-winning

brandies. The art of barrel-making was also

demonstrated, with live performances by

veteran cooper Neville Ebraham.

Discovering brandy's new modern mojo

was a real delight and came in the form of

the Brandy Cocktail of the Year, the Amalekkerlicious,

created by Kurt Schlechter, with

its fusion of cranberries, peach and orange

and funky sherbet kiss mark on the rim.

Brandy's extraordinary versatility and fun side

could be found in the many other inventive,

taste-shaping cocktails that all went down

very well with the visitors. Said renowned chef

Francois Ferreira, Brandy Guild member and

head of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in South

Africa “In this era of the craft cocktail and

retro-classics, brandy is being rediscovered

by mixologists for its unique flavours and

easy mixability. It's a spirit with body that will

support strong flavours without getting lost.

As it combines so well with fruits and juices,

brandy is the backbone of many classic and

contemporary cocktails.”

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Rare cognac treasures were to be found at the Cognac de Collection

Jean Grosperrin. Since 1999 Jean Grosperrin and his son Guilhem

have been sourcing precious barrels of single-vintage, unblended

cognacs, some up to 50 years old.

Throwing some technology into the mix was the launch of a new

Brandy App, which gives consumers a mobile way to interact with

their favourite brandy brand, get detailed information about brandy

happenings, the brandy routes, or to track tasting notes for each

brandy. In addition, it indicates accolades received and includes a

unique 'Share the Spirit' rating system, for users to share their ratings

of brandy with their friends. The app also brings the latest brandy

cocktails to the palm of the hand.

In addition to the brandies on offer, there was also a range of highend

lifestyle brands on display including Aston Martin, Montblanc and

Nespresso, brandy-loving foods, famous brandy houses and artisanal

estate brandies. For the first time aerial artist Samantha Kotze brought

her seamless, breathtaking performance, inspired by the best of SA

Brandy, to the event.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Brandy is the soul of the wine it is distilled from.

• It takes 5 litres of wine to produce a litre of brandy.

• South African brandy has some of the most stringent

production regulations in the world.

• South African brandy is matured for at least three years

in small French oak casks.

• Brandy is South Africa’s largest selling and favourite

spirit.


FUN STATS

• More than 80% of brandy drinkers are aged below 50.

• The highest number of consumers are aged between 39 to 49,

followed closely by those aged between 25 to 34,

and then 18 to 24.

• Women account for a growing portion of SA's brandy

consumption - up from around 20% in the mid '90s to almost

30% at present.

DISCOVERING THE BRANDY ROUTE

South African brandy history has always had its small and big

players, on and off the stage. Some survived into the modern era,

others have been revitalized, some colourfully reinvented and many

enthusiastically re-established - providing the backbone to what is

today known as the two SA Brandy Routes.

WESTERN CAPE BRANDY ROUTE

Within an hour's drive of the Mother City some of the world's best

brandies wait to be discovered.

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS

- Paarl

Backsberg is home to Sydney Back Estate Brandies, which are made by

using wine pressed exclusively from Chenin Blanc grapes, and distilled

in a state-of-the-art still imported from the Cognac region in France. The

range consists of a 5/6-year-old blend and a limited amount of 10-yearold

as well as a 15-year-old exclusive reserve brandy.

HAUTE CABRIERE

- Franschhoek

The only Franschhoek member, Haute Cabrière is known for its

Pierre Jourdan Cap Classiques, yet they are the reason why the Fine

de Jourdan is so fine. This traditional potstill brandy is characterised

by its vanilla bouquet and is totally natural and unadulterated.

DE COMPAGNIE

- Wellington

De Compagnie makes a limited edition double

distilled potstill brandy. This meticulously refined

potstill brandy has been double distilled in an

antique copper alembic potstill first used by

Ben Lategan in 1849 on the historic farm, De

Compagnie, Wellington, South Africa. It is a

single cultivar brandy made from exclusively

designated grapes harvested from well seasoned

1976 Chenin Blanc vines grown on the farm in

the Wellington Wine Region of South Africa.

KAAPZICHT ESTATE

- Stellenbosch

Kaapzicht Estate is situated in the Stellenbosch

region, against the Bottelary Hills, and produces

full-bodied, fruity wines, brandy and grappa with

great structure and length.

LABORIE ESTATE

- Paarl

This famous estate, situated in the shadow of

the majestic Paarl Rock, launched its first brandy

- Laborie Estate Alambic Brandy - at the end of

1997. Set among rolling vineyards, Laborie's

historic buildings have made it a popular tourist

destination for local and international visitors

alike. The Laborie Estate Alambic Brandy

achieved Veritas Gold 2010 and Veritas Gold

2011. It received a Gold Medal at the 2011

Concours Mondial and was judged as the Best

Brandy in the World at the 2010 International

Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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LOUIESENHOF

- Stellenbosch

Until 1993 Louiesenhof was part of the

Koopmanskloof Estate, where brandy

was distilled since 1920. The first batch of

brandy produced on Louiesenhof was done

in conjunction with the research station in

Stellenbosch and Ugni Blanc and Columbar

grapes were used for this brandy.

NEDERBURG

- Paarl

The longstanding harmony of tradition,

quality and innovation that has established

Nederburg as the home of South Africa's

most awarded and widely enjoyed wines,

offers a Natural Potstilled Solera Brandy

- the natural progression of 200 years of

winemaking.

OUDE MOLEN DISTILLERY

- Grabouw

Situated in the heart of the fast emerging

and prestigious Elgin Wine Region, René

Santhagen's Oude Molen Distillery is a fine

tribute to the man, commonly known as the

'Father of South African Brandy' and home to

the Oude Molen Brandy range.

OUDE WELLINGTON ESTATE

- Wellington

In a timeless process, the Chenin Blanc,

Clairette Blanche and Chardonnay grapes

magically turn into brandy. The double and

triple distilled spirit of the grape concentrates

its flavours in the traditional copper Cape

potstill. Crafted with care and free from

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additives, it's a true reflection of the fertile terroir and all its purity. This

international award winning brandy proudly bears the name of the one

who made it - Dr. Schumacher.

SAVINGNAC

- Wellington

Savingnac is handcrafted in small batches at Jorgensen's Distillery

in Wellington. Each brandy is matured for 12 or more years in small

French casks to create the ultimate expression of all that the noble

grape can become.

TOKARA

- Stellenbosch

The modern Tokara winery is located at the top of the Helshoogte

Pass (R310), 5 km from Stellenbosch on the southern slopes of the

Simonsberg. Tokara's 5-Year-Old Potstill Brandy has been produced

according to a traditional method in a Prulho alembic still, and

matured in French oak vats. The annual production is very limited and

each bottle is presented in an exquisite gift box.

UITKYK

- Stellenbosch

Uitkyk Brandy Cellar, situated on the R44 towards Paarl from

Stellenbosch, produces one of South Africa's finest 10-year-old

estate potstill brandies. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg

Mountain, this estate certainly has one of the most beautiful settings

in the Cape and is well worth a visit.

UPLAND

- Wellington

Upland Estate is a certified organic farm near Wellington. Distilled

from organic Chenin Blanc and Riesling grapes, the 100% potstill

brandy is matured for 10 years in small French oak barrels. This

Cognac-style brandy has an unmistakable character; wafts of dried

peaches and apricots, citrus and pineapple and topped with vanilla.

Guinevere 10-Year-Old Pure Brandy is the proud flagship of Upland

Estate.


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VAN RYN'S BRANDY DISTILLERY

- Stellenbosch

Just 35 minutes drive from Cape Town, visitors can learn about

the origins of Van Ryn's dating back to 1845. See the burnished

copper potstills and watch skilled craftsmen at work at the one

distillery in the country with an on-site cooperage. Find out how

they potstill our brandies, mature and blend them. Sample the

international award winners with hand-crafted chocolate and

coffee.

R62 BRANDY ROUTE

When you head into the heartland of Cape brandy making, take

a slow, leisurely journey and discover fine brandies as unique as

their legendary makers.

BARRYDALE CELLAR

- Barrydale

The Barrydale region has a long history of brandy making and

Barrydale Cellar has built on this to become one of South Africa's

top potstill brandy producers, competing with - and beating -

international brands at international level.

BOPLAAS

- Calitzdorp

Boplaas’ distilling heritage dates back to 1880 when current

owner, Carel Nel’s great-great grandfather, exported his first

consignment of fine Boplaas Brandy to England. Boplaas was also

the first cellar to release an Estate Brandy and is well known for its

award winning potstilled brandies.

GRUNDHEIM

- Oudtshoorn

Just outside Oudtshoorn, on the road from Calitzdorp, lies the

vineyards of Sandkoppies, home of Grundheim Wines. Grundheim

launched its maiden potstill brandy in 2002 and the family's recipes

have ensured that their homemade liqueurs and witblits preserves

have walked away with numerous awards.

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KANGO WINE CELLAR

- Oudtshoorn

Kango is the oldest co-operative in Oudtshoorn and

has become a major producer of wine and brandy

in the Little Karoo region. It's passion for brandy

is underscored by the numerous accolades it has

won, especially its famous Hanepoot Brandy and

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KLIPDRIFT DISTILLERY

- Robertson

The Klipdrift Distillery in Robertson promises a

generous dose of South African hospitality to all

who come to visit. The informative tastings and

tours through this world-class distillery also includes

entertaining glimpses into the history of everyone’s

favourite brandy.

MONS RUBER

- Oudtshoorn

Situated on the picturesque road between

Oudtshoorn and De Rust, Mons Ruber has a long

tradition of distillation. When world prices of ostrich

feathers plummeted in 1913, farmers survived by

distilling and selling witblits; an event that sparked

the Little Karoo's unique distillation culture. In more

recent years, Mons Ruber has been making estate

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