Van Ryn's 10 Year Old Single Pot Still Brandy (750ml)
A brand that dates back to 1845 when it was founded in Cape Town. Brandies from the Van Ryn Distillery have a discernibly South African personality, rich in aroma and flavour, not only the result of the soils and sunshine but a quintessentially South African approach. Chenin blanc and Colombard grapes are distilled in locally designed copper stills, adapted in size and shape from the French prototype then matured in small French oak barrels. The minimum in South Africa is three years (six months over Cognac), but even further ageing brings out the deliciously spicy, vanilla and woody characteristics found in this example. 38% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Pretty, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, golden raisins, and a dusting of baking spice. Classic brandy, with no trace of alcoholic burn (courtesy of the lower proof, I think) but with gentle chocolate notes emerging on the increasingly nutty, spicy finish. Perfectly fine as a simple digestif. - drinkhacker.com
Notes from the producer... COLOUR: Golden amber.NOSE: Vanilla, apricots, spice and chocolate.TASTE: Lingering dark chocolate, nuts and sweet vanilla. The oak contribution is well balanced.
Gold Medal - SFWSC San Francisco Wine Spirit Competition 2022
Gold Medal - Grape Brandy - 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition