SA brandy voted the world’s best

2 September 2010

South African spirits and winemaker KWV’s Laborie Alambic brandy was voted the best in the world at the 2010 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.

The International Wine and Spirits Competition is regarded as the premier competition of its kind on the international stage. It is also unique in that all medal winners are subject to technical analysis before the results are released.

Distilled on site at the scenic Laborie estate in Paarl, the Laborie Alambic brandy is a rich, full brandy with lots of dried fruit apricot and raisin flavours – a brandy “made for relaxed, gentle sipping” by brandy master Kobus Gelderblom.

“We are extremely honoured and excited to have Laborie Alambic recognised as the best brandy in the world,” Gelderblom said in a recent statement. “I believe that the greatest key to our success lies in the source; good grapes make good wine, and good wine makes great brandy.”

“Unique to Laborie Alambic is the combination of grapes used in the blending, which includes Pinotage and Chardonnay,” Gelderblom said. “Every aspect of the distillation process is handled with the greatest care to produce a world-class end product.”

Two other KWV brandies, the KWV 15 Year Old and the KWV Imoya VSOP, also received gold medals at the competition this year.

“This award highlights the changes and investments that have been happening around the Laborie brand – both from a wine and destination perspective,” said Laborie brand director Jeff Gradwell. “It signifies our commitment to delivering a total premium quality brand experience.”

This is the sixth time that KWV has achieved the top award for one of its brandies at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, which was founded in 1969 and is regarded as the premier competition of its kind on the international stage.

SAinfo reporter

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