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Hand-crafted XO Potstill wins gold

Tokara, the family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate, has won international acclaim for its luxurious, hand-crafted XO Potstill Brandy, bringing home a Brandy Masters 2021 Gold Medal.

This annual competition presented by The Spirits Business, the leading international spirits trade publication based in the UK, is part of the Global Spirits Masters Series. The Brandy Masters rewards the finest brandies on the world stage with around 150 entries judged by a panel of spirits specialists.

The ultimate choice of aficionados, Tokara XO Potstill Brandy honours the age-old cognac tradition. The chenin-blanc base wine is double-distilled, retaining only the heart fraction for ageing in individual Limousin oak casks for 12 to 18 years. Unctuous and complex with great depth of character, the palate delivers rich flavours of caramel, dried apricots and cocoa butter with a spicy finish and fine length.

Producing a refined brandy of this calibre has been the intention of GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira ever since they set their sights on making world class wines at Tokara over two decades ago. The XO is the natural progression of their distinguished five year old brandy first released in 2004.

“At Tokara we use a Pruhlo Alambic potstill that is considered to be one of the world’s finest set-ups for producing quality spirits,” winemaker Stuart Botha says.

“Being a small operation and having such incredible equipment at our disposal allows us to keep small batches of fine spirits separate. These unique batches are then skilfully selected to make a rich and distinctive blend.”

Tokara ages the XO in 15% new Limousin oak barrels with the balance comprising older barrels ranging in age from one to 30 years.

Only barrels which display mature, mellow characteristics are selected for the blend.

“As a result of slow, prolonged barrel ageing, the aromas and flavours are more concentrated allowing the brandy to develop its distinctive character, fine length and depth of aftertaste,” explains Botha.

The Tokara XO Potstill Brandy comes in an elegant decanter with beautifully refined lines that appeals to all the senses. Presented in a beautifully designed case, it’s the definitive gift for epicureans in search of new distinctive tastes.

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