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WIN! WIN! Festive season spirits for connoisseur tastes

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A pair of  superior Cape brandies – great testimony to the impressive quality of South Africa’s most historic spirit - awaits a winner… This could be you, so don’t delay, enter today, and be in with a chance to raise a balloon to spirited craftsmanship.

 

The Van Ryn’s distillery is a landmark on the Eerste river banks outside Stellenbosch. Established in 1845 by Jan van Ryn, the tradition of fine brandy-making was introduced 170 years back and continues today. Among its range of copper potstills is one dating back nearly two centuries that is still in daily use.

Van Ryn’s 20-year-old Collectors' Reserve is the crown jewel in the Van Ryn collection, a golden spirit that has benefitted from two decades of leisurely maturation in French oak. Sniff it gently, and savour aromas of dried fruit, fresh pears, spice and honey. Sip slowly and let those flavours fill your palate, further enhanced by whiffs of marmalade, citrus, tropical fruit and mellow nuttiness, all enveloped in a satin -smooth mouthful. Since 2008 this brandy has collected an array of gold and double gold awards, both from the IWSC or International Wine & Spirit competition and the SA Veritas Awards. Earlier this year two Van Ryn potstill brandies – The Reserve 15-year-old and the 20-year-old - brought home gold and silver from the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, held in China and competing against nearly 1400 spirits from 43 countries.

The Klipdrift distillery in Robertson is not as old as Van Ryn but boasts an intriguing history which is well illustrated at its fine visitors centre. Their Black Gold brought home a silver medal at the 2015 Concours, where judges clearly enjoyed the uncommon blend of fine potstill brandies with Arabica coffee beans from the Ethiopian highlands and cocoa beans from the Cote d’Ivoire. This is a spirit offering a fine tribute to delectable tastes from the African continent, crafted into an after-dinner liqueur that combines spice, mocha and more,  best served neat, over ice.

Both these brandies are among a stable of spirits whose quality is recognised globally as world class, as well as being proudly South African. We need more consumers to discover this, after which they are likely to become enthusiastic converts, and resist the temptation of rivers of diverse – and sometimes inferior - competitors' products  that flow south from Scotland!

When it comes to creating trad Christmas fare, it’s brandy that we need for the cake, the brandy butter, the fruity pud – although using the prize bottles below would be a touch extravagant.

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COMPETITION

A pair of brilliant brandies is awaiting a winner somewhere in South Africa. The prize consists of a bottle of Van Ryn’s 20-year-old Collectors Reserve and another of Klipdrift Black Gold, Together they are worth nearly R1 800.00, and will make an opulent and impressive addition to your home cellar.

To be in line to win the pair, send an e-mail to joycloete11@gmail.com by close of business on Friday, November 13. Include your full name, daytime telephone number and address. Put Brandy competition in the subject line. The winner will have his prize delivered to his doorstep.

The winning entry will be randomly drawn and the winner contacted by e-mail and telephone. Good luck. The winner's name will be published on this website.

Rules:

  1. Only one entry per email address please.
  2. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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