A string of high-profile awards has seen the sales of St Agnes XO luxury brandy surge to new levels, with a flow on effect to the St Agnes VS, VSOP and Bartenders Cut expressions.
The awards started to roll in October last year with St Agnes Distillery being awarded a gold medal for the St Agnes XO 15-Year-Old that led to them being named Best Distillery at the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards in Adelaide.
These awards were followed by Gold Medal and Trophy for ‘Best Brandy’ for their St Agnes Imperial XO 20 YO at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards announced in Melbourne in December. Also taking home awards were the St Agnes Grand Reserve XO 40 YO with a Gold medal and the St Agnes XO 15 YO with a Silver medal. This was the 5th time in the last 6 years that a brandy from the St Agnes Distillery has taken out the Best Brandy Trophy at these awards with the St Agnes XO Imperial 15 YO also winning in 2016, 2017 and 2020 and the older sibling, the St Agnes XO Grand Reserve 40YO, winning in 2019.
The awards continued to come in December with the St Agnes XO 15-Year-Old collecting a Gold Medal and the JJ McWilliam Trophy for Best Brandy at the Sydney Royal Wine Show.
Richard Angove of the St Agnes Distillery, says the company is excited to continue to raise and reposition Australian brandy not only in the Australian market, but the spirit market globally. “We were so excited to achieve these prestigious awards. We are extremely lucky to have such amazing, aged XO resources to put these blends together and all credit to our master distiller Ben Horley and his predecessor, the late John Norman, and our entire distillery team for their care and attention in crafting such age worthy, unique spirit” Richard said.
St Agnes is clearly Australia’s most highly awarded and most popular brandy and the St Agnes distillery is South Australia’s oldest continually run craft distillery. With barrels dating back 50 years or more it is also in an enviable and unique position in being able to offer such rare and distinguished spirits to the world. The St Agnes Distillery purpose is clear. Show the world another face of Australian produce excellence by creating Australian spirits of exceptional world standard.
St Agnes Distillery is located on the quiet banks of the River Murray in Renmark, South Australia. Originally established in 1910, it was Carl Angove in 1925 who first decided to create a new style of Australian brandy, lighter and more delicate than anything previously produced.