Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Bayede! XO

2021 Gold Medal

Oude Molen Distillers

Oude Molen Distillers Bayede! XO
Brandy () Pot still 100% : Ages: 9 to 15 years


“Bayede!” – hail the king! This is the traditional greeting reserved exclusively for the king of the Zulu nation. Shouts of “Wena Wendlovu!” follow the salute, honouring the king by likening him to the mighty African Elephant. This fine, rare XO is exclusively distilled by appointment to King Goodwill Zwelithini and carries his Royal signature. The eau de vie for this XO is based on the finest chenin blanc and colombard grapes, harvested from selected sites. Vinification takes place at source and the base wines are brought to our distillery in the Elgin Valley within 10 days of harvest. Double-distilled in pure copper stills. Only the middle fraction of the second distillation is reserved and each batch is evaluated by our Master Distiller. The batches that are selected for maturation are then set aside in special lots and matured for at least a decade in a humidity-controlled environment. A combination of French Oak and American Bourbon barrels are used to mature the spirit, none larger than 285 litres. Delicate peach and apricot notes delight the nose, with deeper layers showing cloves and curry leaf. Exceptionally smooth on the palate with a lingering aftertaste of vanilla and African honey. A rare and surprising spirit, worthy of its royal endorsement.

Pair this rare and complex XO with a traditional bobotie rich onion soup.