St Agnes XO Grand Reserve 40 Year Old
An Australian exploration of the craft of VS, VSOP and XO since 1925. Dr William Angove established a distillery in Renmark in 1910. His plan was to make a plain spirit for fortifying wine. In 1925, William’s son Carl decided to create a new style of Australian brandy that was lighter and more delicate than anything previously produced. That same year, Carl travelled to Cognac to learn from the world’s best (and bring some of it back to South Australia). His journey became our journey. His passion to do one thing brilliantly became our passion. His ambition to show the world another face of Australian produce excellence became our ambition. His ultimate purpose to create an Australian spirit of iconic world standard and a uniquely Australian expression of brandy became our purpose.
COLOUR Deep, dark amber. Natural colour.
AROMA This spirit needs time to open up and reveal its intense aged character. Christmas cake and aged barrel rancio characters open up into espresso, cacao and dark chocolate, dried apricot and dates. Burnt buttered toast with marmalade.
FLAVOUR Full palate upfront with a very rich mouthfeel. Alcohol hotness off set with tannin grip from barrel maturation. Hint of cardamom, walnut and dense Christmas cake fruits. Old oak barrel and prune length further reminder of its age. Patience and refl ection needed to get the most out of this, its length is un-paralleled and deeply satisfying. A spirit that shows its historic concentration and character. AGE Minimum spirit age 40 year old. Oldest component distilled in 1970
REVIEWS AND AWARDS
AUSTRALIAN BARTENDER MAGAZINE - SAM BYGRAVE - SEPT 16 “The stunning St Agnes XO Grand Reserve 40 Year Old is dark, dense amber in colour, with a nose of dried figs, hazelnut, orange candy and prunes. The aromatics continue with cocoa, vanilla cream, and smoky oak from over four decades in small oak. The palate is endlessly complex; chocolate truffl es, hazelnut, prune, almond and cigarbox tobacco.”
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - HUON HOOKE - 11.08.15 “Deep amber colour; the bouquet shows more oak vanillin than the Imperial and is richer and less fragrant, while the palate is weightier, with a slight spirit afterburn. Very spicy and complex, with lots of toasted-nut and dried-citrus peel aromas. It’s a big spirit; a more hefty, powerful, oak-infl uenced (but not ‘oaky’), old-fashioned Australian style brandy, with terrifi c length. Very impressive.”
WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN - MAX ALLEN - 08.08.15 “The Grand Reserve is intense and concentrated, with powerful fl avours of raisin and a lingering, slightly smoky fi nish.”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER - MIKE GRIBBLE - 08.08.15 “Birthed in copper stills and having spent 40 years on oak, this brandy comes in a bottle garnished in 24-carat gold. Its aromas, near and far, are deep and complex and worth long contemplation as the glass swirls. There are shifting little explosions of fruit cake, dried fruits, vanilla ice cream, chocolate, treacle, orange zest and the faintest sweet, buttery smoke. The mouthfeel is silken before the alcohol heat rises fast to unfold with tannin grip as luscious spikes of chocolate, orange, oak, cardamon spice and star anise take over. Its hot sweetness starts to cool and dry with a sense of riverland apricots and nuts around fruit cake and burnt toff ee while the heat tapers off to a long, dry fi nish with echoes of prune sweetness. The Spanish use the word ‘rancio’ to describe optimum refi nement of aromas and fl avours, and this deep amber sipper lives up to the expression. A richly concentrated and more-ish treat.”
AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW 2015 - TIM WHITE - 98 POINTS AWARDS Melbourne Int’l Spirits Competition 2015 - DOUBLE GOLD International Wine & Spirits Comp. 2015 - Bronze
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