South African drinks company Distell Group will showcase new wines and spirits – several of them travel retail exclusives – at the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes later this month (Green Village, M64).
Distell’s popular cream liqueur Amarula has been extended to a new line, Vanilla Spice. It features Madagascan vanilla extracts and African ginger and comes in a white-coated bottle with a colourful label inspired by the African continent map.
Amarula is also unveiling its limited-edition African Range featuring artist-illustrated bottles representing North, East, South and West Africa. The range will be available exclusively in global travel retail from October.
Also on show in Cannes is a new offering from Distell’s Scotch whisky brand Deanston: a Highland single malt that will also be a global travel retail exclusive.
Created by Deanston Senior Blender Dr Kirstie McCallum, the Deanston Bordeaux Red Wine cask-finish (46.3% ABV) is produced using a three-step blending process combining a special ex-Bourbon cask. This was combined with Bordeaux red wine casks in 2016 and a ten-year-old Bordeaux red wine matured in the Scottish village of Deanston.
The whisky is housed in a new-look bottle and capsule with etchings that celebrate its rich history as a cotton mill, Distell said. The malt is secured by a wooden cork featuring a recessed Deanston coin, which was historically used as real currency in the village.
The Bordeaux Red Wine cask-finish single malt will be released this October with only 1,000 cases available (RRP £50/US$64).
Distell is also launching a limited-edition 15-year-old version of its single grain Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, again exclusive to travel retail. It is the first in the brand’s Founder’s Collection series and pays tribute to Andrew Geddes Bain, an engineer who built numerous famous mountain passes in South Africa, including the Bainskloof Pass.
In addition, two of Distell’s wine brands are unveiling new ranges in Cannes.
A new range from Durbanville Hills includes a Pinotage, a Merlot, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. Labels will feature the work of South African artist Theo Vorster. He has produced artwork based on prominent Cape Town landmarks, each visible from the Durbanville Hills winery.
Finally, Nederburg has introduced new varieties to its travel retail exclusive Private Collection Range. The three wines are a rosé made from a blend of Carignan and Grenache, a Chenin blanc, and a Pinotage. In addition, the Private Collection also features a Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Shiraz.