What does brandy mean?
The word ‘brandy’ comes directly from the Dutch term ‘brandewijn’ (burn wine) and refers to the manufacturing process of brandy which involves heating wine, extracting the alcohol and ageing it. The world Cognac refers only to brandy that is distilled in and shipped from the town of Cognac in France. Production of Cognac is strictly regulated by the BNIC, a French Government institute.
Brandy versus Cognac
Like French Cognac, South African brand is also strictly regulated by the South African Brandy Foundation. South African brandy is usually made from Chenin Blanc and Colombar wine, while Cognac is generally made from Ugni Blanc, a white wine from Italy.
South African Brandy: Years of maturation
One of the key differences between South African brandies and the rest of the world is the fact that legislation dictates that brandies in South Africa must be matured for a minimum of three years in 340-litre French oak barrels, whereas many other countries only require six months to two years.
Brandy from South Africa has international acclaim
Today South African brandy is considered to be amongst the finest in the world and the awards go to prove this. In the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2018 Oude Molen Distillery (Pty) Ltd, was awarded a Silver Outstanding award. In 2017, Paarl-based KWV was named as the Brandy Producer of the Year and their 15-year old potstill brandy achieved an Outstanding Gold and the Worldwide Trophy for Brandy. KWV also achieved Gold Awards for the KWV 20-year-old and 12-year-old potstills and its Heritage XO Cognac, which is made in partnership with the French House of Charpentier.
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