A once-off collector's item of 10-year-old potstill brandies by the House of Van Ryn's fetched R25 000 for charity at the 40th Nederburg Auction.
Prominent liquor industry figure Nico Pitsiladi outbid the competition to claim the Van Ryn's Charentaise Collection, consisting of six unique 10-year-old single vintage potstill brandies and one master blend created by Van Ryn's Master Distiller Marlene Bester.
Pitsiladi, who owns liquor stores across the Eastern Cape, intends to showcase the Charentaise Collection in the Westbourne Road branch of his Preston's Liquor Store in Port Elizabeth, with the aim of growing awareness among members of the public about premium brandies.
"The Van Ryn's Charentaise Collection is not for sale, nor will I consume it personally. I want to display it at Preston's as I believe that if a consumer sees the display and reads about it, it might create an interest in trying potstill brandy,"Pitsiladi said. "People need to realise that premium South African brandy has fantastic tastes and flavours when compared to other spirits."
Pitsiladi is a member of the South African Brandy Guild, which is dedicated to fostering a sense of pride among all who are involved in the production, distribution and marketing of South African Brandy. Members undertake to uphold, and continually endeavour to improve the high quality standards of South African brandy, as an essential part of a proud tradition.
To complete the experience, Pilsiladi will have the item hand delivered to his door by Distell Brandy Ambassador Nick Holdcroft, who will conduct a blending and tasting experience with samples.