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KWV unveils the new-look 20-year-old XXO potstill brandy

The KWV XXO 20 potstill brandy has been given an exciting new look that unifies contemporary elegance with the excellence of craftsmanship and decades-long maturation in oak. The new look features a bold new XXO designation on the front of the bottle, the result partly due to revised global classifications and requirements for the category.

Previously, drinks older than 10 years were designated as XO but this was recently revised to include a new XXO designation for brandies and cognacs aged for 14 years or more.  Beyond the age designation, the XXO’s refreshed design adds emphasis on the artistry that has defined KWV brandy since the 1920s, as well as the company’s reputation as maker of the world’s best brandy.

Housed in a beautiful copper red gift box with gold accents, the new decanter-like bottle employs a multifaceted design to emphasize the stature of the golden liquid it contains.

The sophisticated new look serves to embody what KWV XXO 20 stands for, honouring true craftsmanship and attention to detail. KWV XXO 20 is crafted from the finest quality grapes and batch distilled in copper potstills. The spirit is then matured in small French oak barrels.

Decades later, the master distiller’s craft comes to life when the KWV XXO 20 is finally ready to be blended to perfection. Through painstaking attention to detail, brandies aged for a minimum of 20 years and up to 32 years are blended by taste to create the consistent flavour profile KWV XXO 20 is renowned for. The result is well-integrated characters that, in the words of KWV Master Distiller Pieter de Bod, are reminiscent of fruit cake, sweet spice, oak wood and honey, followed by a satin-smooth, lingering finish.  

As such, KWV XXO 20 is revered by independent connoisseurs the world over, with a plethora of accolades in its wake; notably being awarded Category Winner at The World Brandy awards in 2019, at which point the distillery also laid claim to the title of Best Brandy Producer in the World for a staggering fifth year in a row, between the prestigious International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

In more recent award news, the KWV XXO 20 just brought home Gold from the World Spirits Awards 2021.

KWV XXO 20 is available from all major retailers and the KWV Emporium. The recommended retail price is R1 699.