Peadar Hegarty, KWV’s Marketing Director, says the exclusivity of the two brandies have definitely set them apart from the other spirit producers in the country.
The KWV Héritage XO is a collaboration between KWV and the French House of Maison Charpentier and was created by Pieter de Bod in Paarl in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
“This represents what is believed to be the world’s first cross-continental alliance, illustrated by our brand statement of two continents, two Keys, one extraordinary Cognac,” said de Bod.
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The KWV XO was chosen from 20 of the finest “Extra Old” cognacs from the Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne regions in France, aged between 12 and 30 years. This makes it one of the oldest blends available in the world. de Bod describes the taste as fruity, with hints of cinnamon and fruitcake on the nose with notes of citrus, mocha and roasted coffee.
“On tasting, one discovers a well-balanced Cognac with hints of coffee and dark chocolate and a lingering, velvety finish,” he says.
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The KWV Nexus 30-year old, was handcrafted in small batches at the KWV cellars in Paarl using a blend ranging in age from 30 to 42 years old. The Nexus retails at roughly 23 000 rand.
de Bod describes the taste of the Nexus as heavenly.
“A sweet strawberry jam, honey, dried orange peel and green pepper corn nose, which is well balanced with cinnamon, macadamia nuts and a smoky aroma complimented by old woody tawny port flavours,” he said.