KWV VS (VERY SPECIAL) POTSTILL: South Africa’s Latest Challenger to Cognac

by Tia

KWV, the renowned South African brandy producer, has launched its latest masterpiece, the KWV VS (Very Special) POTSTILL Brandy. With a legacy of crafting exceptional spirits dating back to 1918, KWV has solidified its global prominence in the fiercely competitive world of premium spirits. The launch of KWV VS marks a momentous step in the company’s journey, positioning it to challenge the revered Cognac segment.

Pieter de Bod, an expert in the premium spirits industry and a dedicated African Brandy Foundation Board member, is at the forefront of this exciting endeavour. With three decades of experience, De Bod applies his extensive knowledge to oversee KWV’s diverse range of brandies.

De Bod’s passion for his craft goes beyond personal accolades, as he holds a deep reverence for the art of spirit-making, noting, “It’s not about yourself. You create a product that could most likely be consumed by the next generation, which is especially true for the premium products aged 20 years and older.” KWV’s dedication to excellence is further exemplified by the expert leadership of De Bod, which amplifies the significance of the KWV VS POTSTILL Brandy launch.

This extraordinary brandy is meticulously aged in small French Oak barrels and composed of 100% POTSTILL Brandy. De Bod describes this golden liquid as the embodiment of ripe apple and oak spices, elevated by delicate nuances of vanilla. He continues, “These elements harmonise to craft a smooth brandy with a tantalisingly spicy and fruity palate. The aroma entices with the fragrance of ripe apples, accompanied by subtle notes of vanilla.”

While KWV’s VS POTSTILL Brandy was only recently released, it has already garnered acclaim with a Double Gold medal at the Veritas Awards on October 15, 2023. This prestigious event celebrates wines and spirits of exceptional quality, making the swift recognition of KWV’s latest creation a testament to its outstanding craftsmanship.

KWV Spirits Marketing Executive Nuno Fernandes says, “We are incredibly proud! The Veritas Double Gold accolade ranks among the industry’s most esteemed, underscoring the quality and excellence that define our products”. 

In 2022, KWV was awarded the prestigious World’s Best Brandy and Cognac Producer Award, reinforcing its position as the most consistently awarded brandy and cognac producer over the last decade. This achievement marks the fifth consecutive year KWV has received this recognition, underscoring its commitment to excellence.

Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as the foundation for exquisite cocktails, KWV VS POTSTILL Brandy is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on even the most discerning palates. Its versatility and exceptional quality make it the perfect choice for connoisseurs and new enthusiasts.

KWV’s VS POTSTILL Brandy is available for purchase via its online store: 

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