ST. RHINE VS BRANDY
ST. RHINE VS BRANDY
St. Rhine VS Cape Pot Still Brandy are produced under the strictest of standards. Our master distiller combines talent, experience and years of practice to blend the potstill brandy from various casks into the master blend of our St. Rhine VS Cape Pot Still Brandy. The VS Cape Brandy is matured in oak barrels for a minimum of three years resulting in a deliciously smooth brandy with a full and fruity taste and soft nutty finish on the palate.
HISTORY ST. RHINE AND BRANDY IN SOUTH AFRICA:
The word brandy (brandywine] is derived from the Dutch word “brandewijn”, meaning burnt or distilled wine. The Dutch used distillation as a method of preserving wine aboard their ships. Indeed, a tot of brandy was offered to the first man on board to sight land, leading to calls of “Land Ahoy” many days before the vessels actually docked. The first brandy in South Africa was distilled aboard the Dutch ship de Pijl, anchored in Table Bay harbor in 1672. The assistant cook succeeded in transforming two leaguers (1164 liters) of Cape wine into “three ankers” (126 liters) of delicious brandy. Today, South African brandy is acknowledged to be the world’s finest. Comprehensive legislation and a proud tradition ensure that our brandy is of the highest quality.
Base wine is distilled in copper potstills, and is transformed into what is called low wine.Low wine has an alcohol content of about 30% v/v.The low wine is then distilled a second time, concentrating it even further. In the seconddistillation, the first vapors that emerge from the pot still are known as the heads. The second portion is called the heart. The alcohol content of the heart is up to 70% v/v.
During the maturation process there is a complex interaction between the heart and thewood. What emerges after this magical process is known as potstill brandy.
MICHELANGELO INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS AWARDS 2021
Michelangelo International Spirits and Wines Competiton remains unique in Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, hailing from five different continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 278 individual judges from 51 countries have served on the panels. PKGS Holdings’ St. Rhine VS Cape Brandy won the Gold Medal in the year 2021