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NEWS ARTICLE

‘Van Ryn’s: A Rich Golden Treasure’ a review by Ilse van den Berg

Published in News on 12 Aug 2014
Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasureWhen it comes to chocolate and wine, cheese and wine, chocolate and beer, I’m sure most people by now have a “been there done that” attitude. Pairings has been a hot trend for a while now. My most recent experience was however quite unique – a brandy and food pairing at Van Ryn’s distillery in Stellies.
Not only were new taste buds awakened, but I actually learnt a lot. Few alcoholic beverages have such an interesting history like brandy does. Just a quick history lesson for those who don’t know, the discovery of brandy maturation was quite accidental. More than 400 years ago in Fort La Rochelle, France, barrels of distilled wine stood ready and waiting to be exported, but due to a war that broke out, those barrels were forgotten and left to lie, undisturbed, until years later the colourless ‘firewater’ had transformed into a rich golden treasure.South African brandies have reportedly earned their top international reputations for their consistent excellent performance in international as well as local competitions.Van Ryn’s has won the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) Worldwide Best Brandy title four times and has won the International Spirits Competition (ISC) Best Brandy trophy twice, the most any South African Brandy producer has achieved over the past 8 years. It’s therefore quite obvious that I couldn’t decline seeing what exactly goes into its process of producing such great award-winning brandies, as well as tasting them.

Neville making a barrelTHE TOUR
A tour of the distillery is quite insightful and nothing can prepare your nose for the range of different, strong aromas it will encounter.
The building in itself is a masterpiece, dating back to 1845, when the Dutch immigrant Jan van Ryn arrived at the Cape.I was educated about the complete process – from the moment the wine arrives, to where it gets stored, how it’s then double distilled in copper potstills after which it’s matured for a minimum of three years in barrels of different sizes to give different flavours and tastes.

One of my biggest highlights was meeting Neville, the cooper, and seeing what exactly goes into the of making a barrel – with the hand. I was extremely impressed with his craftmanship, precision and professionalism and it’s really a part of Van Ryn’s tour that you have to experience!

 

 

THE TASTESVan Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

After the tour, I met up with master distiller at Van Ryn, Marlene Bester, for our food and brandy pairing.

We were started off with a fresh green salad with roasted pecan nuts, dried cranberries, biltong, black pepper feta and chevin, topped with balsamic vinaigrette and paired with Van Ryn’s 12 year old brandy. This was followed by chicken tagine with couscous and veggies, paired with Van Ryn’s 15 year old. I was amazed at the different flavours that was complimented both in the food as well as the brandies through the pairing.Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

Bester also shared the story of the making of Van Ryn’s Au.Ra, the oldest potstill brandy produced in South Africa with components aged up to 30 years. Truly a special occasion, only 107 bottles were produced to mark the Distillery’s 107 years of operation. They sold for R16,000 each!Our meal was perfectly rounded off with Van Ryn’s delectable, moist chocolate cake paired with Van Ryn’s 20 year old. Even though cake and brandy seemed like the strangest combination, these two really go well together. I personally however still prefer my sweet stuff on its own, with no interference…

At Van Ryn’s you actually feel like you are walking into a different era, with some modern touches here and there. It’s incredible to see how much of the past two centuries have been preserved here and also, obviously, to experience the making of some of South Africa’s best brandies.Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

Van Ryn’s Distillery is located in the heart of the Vlottenburg Valley in Stellenbosch. For more, go to www.vanryns.co.za.

ABOUT ILSE VAN DEN BERG

Ilse is the editor for Marketing & Media Africa (@Biz_Africa) at Bizcommunity.com and a contributing writer for the Bizcommunity Lifestyle section. She is a lover of words, travel and all things digital. ilse@bizcommunity.com; @ilse_vdberg