Membership is of the Cape Brandy distillers Guild is growing fast, we’re now 14 members strong. Here are the latest 3 producers to come on board and help spread the cape Brandy magic.
Boutique Wine and Brandy estate, Louiesenhof, is owned and run by Stefan Smit in the stunning Stellenbosch wine region of the Western Cape. Producing high quality Red, White, fortified wines and Cape Brandy in harmony with nature is Stefan’s passion.
Says Stefan: “During the four years I studied Viti- and Viniculture in Weinsberg in Germany, I became intensely aware of the sensitivity of the ecology. Consequently I decided to produce wines in consideration with nature, with as little tampering with as possible.”
Louiesenhof’s Marbonne Cape Brandy is a blend of 10 and 16 year old Cape Brandy, 50% of which base wine was from Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes, the rest from colombard. Not often found in Cape Brandy, this red wine component gives Marbonne a unique signature flavour, this combined with the fact that it was double distilled in a small 131 litre copper potstill that was actually built in Stuttgardt in 1930, make it a very special Cape Brandy indeed.
First granted to to the French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, Boschendal has long been synonymous with quality wines in South Africa.
With a proud history of viticulture and wine making, a natural evolution was to develop a brandy to complement the Estate’s outstanding wines.
The Cap Brandy itself is double distilled in copper potstills, and matured for minumum 10 years in small oak barrels.
Deep amber in colour with complex dried peaches and spice on the nose, it is full bodied with a slightly sweet, fruity aftertaste. Another superb addition to the Cape Brandy family.
Nestled in the Agterkliphoogte Valley lies Windfall, a small boutique wine farm and one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. Windfall took its name from South African cricketing legend, Eddie Barlow, who noticed the mist cascading down the surrounding mountains of Robertson, or “The Valley of Wine and Roses” as it’s come to be known.
Windfall’s “The Hunter” Cape Brandy is the latest member of our spledid family. The Hunter is distilled from selected handpicked Chenin Blanc grapes which grow on the cool Western facing mountain slopes in the Retreat valley – west of Robertson.
Only first-run juice was used and slowly fermented to produce a base wine with nuances of green apple, citrus and green pea undertones. The base wine was slowly distilled in the silence of the long cold winter nights and then matured in the finest barrels for six long years. This has nurtured the finest tastes of pear, peach, figs and citrus peel with hints of Cape Flora which one can identify on the farm.
We welcome with open arms our latest members of the Guild. The power of collective marketing cannot be underestimated in promoting the premium wing of South African brandy, and the more members we have moving over to “Cape Brandy” as a front bottle descriptor, the wider the message will get spread. We look forward to working hard with you all to further promote your excellent products.