Platter`s Announces Five Star Wines for 2014


Platter’s South African Wine Guide has awarded 80 wines the highest honour of five stars in its 34th edition of the guide – up from 62 in the last edition.

Top performing Wine Estates

The following 3 Wineries impressed with 4 five star ratings:

  • Cederberg Private Cellar,
  • Mullineux Family Wines
  • Nederburg Wines

Newton Johnson Vineyards amassed 3 five stars.

A further ten wineries – Cape Chamonix Wine Farm, DeMorgenzon, Fable Mountain Vineyards, Klein Constantia Estate, Kleine Zalze Wines, Sadie Family Wines, Stark-Condé Wines, Tokara, Reyneke Wines and KWV – each bagged 2 five stars.

First time 5 star achievers 

The following 11 wineries received five star ratings for the first time:

  • Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar,
  • Chateau Naudé Wine Creation,
  • Eikendal Vineyards,
  • Hilton Vineyards,
  • Opstal Estate,
  • Raats Family Wines,
  • Richard Kershaw Wines,
  • Sijnn,
  • Silverthorn Wines,
  • Spioenkop Wines and
  • Windmeul Cooperative Cellar.

Best Red and Best White Wine of 2014

Of the five star awarded wines, the red and white which receive the most votes from the judging panel are named Platter’s Wines of the Year.

Red Wine Of The Year

Newton Johnson Windansea Pinot Noir 2012

White Wine Of The Year

DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012

Best value for money wine

In an ongoing focus on value for money, Platter’s identifies a number of entry-level wines which are exceptionally drinkable and well priced.

The Superquaffer of the Year.

Boland Kelder Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2013

The names of the 14 other top quaffers appear in the new guide under the heading “Wines of the Year” along with the 80 five stars, 114 Highly Recommended wines (which missed five stars but are nonetheless extremely fine and collectable in their own right), and 89 reds and whites showing particular potential for cellaring (these ageworthy wines appear under the banner ‘Buy Now, Drink Later’).

Winery of the Year

Mullineux Family Wines received the Winery of the Year award with an astonishing 11 five stars to date. This places them firmly in the league of the greatest modern-era South African wineries, considering the fact that the winery has only been operating for 7 year.

Top brandy and sherry

The new Platter’s includes descriptions and ratings of more than 60 brandies and husk spirits (“grappas”) across a broad spectrum.  The leading South African sherry-style wines are also featured in the 2014 edition.

Brandy tastings and ratings were done by Cape Wine Masters Winnie Bowman and Tim James, with constant reference to Dave Hughes, perhaps South Africa’s most experienced judge of spirits.  The “sherries” were assessed by Winnie Bowman and Cape Wine Master Christine Rudman.

“By publishing brandy and sherry notes alongside those for wines,” says Platter’s new publisher, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, “we’re not only providing useful information and buying advice but also intending to create a sense of discovery and excitement among our readers. Many top producers make brandies and sherry-style wines, and they are world-class. It may surprise consumers that Nederburg produces brandy; or that Douglas Green makes “sherry“ – and these listings will hopefully prompt further exploration of South Africa’s internationally acclaimed brandy and sherry-style offerings.”

THE FIVE STAR WINES AND BRANDIES FOR 2014 ARE:

Cabernet Franc

• Raats Family 2011

• Warwick 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon

• Boekenhoutskloof 2011

• Cederberg Five Generations 2011

• Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2011

• Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection 2010

• Stark-Condé Three Pines 2011

Pinotage

• Chateau Naudé Le Vin de François 2011

• Rijk’s Reserve 2009

• Spioenkop ‘1900’ 2012

Pinot Noir

• Newton Johnson Windansea 2012 (Red Wine of the Year)

• Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2012

Shiraz/Syrah

• Cederberg CWG Auction Reserve Teen die Hoog

2011

• Eagles’ Nest 2010

• Fable Syrah 2011

• Hilton The Dalmatian 2010

• Mont Destin Destiny 2009

• Mullineux Family Schist Syrah 2011

• Mullineux Family Granite Syrah 2011

• Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2011

• Stark-Condé Three Pines Syrah 2011

• Saronsberg 2011

• Sijnn 2011

Red Blends

• Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2011

• Chamonix Troika 2011

• Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2011

• Eikendal Classique 2011

• Ken Forrester Three Halves 2009

• Thelema Rabelais 2009

• Windmeul Reserve Cape Blend 2012

Chardonnay

• Chamonix Reserve 2012

• Hamilton Russell 2012

• Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2012

• Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2012

Chenin Blanc

• Alheit Radio Lazarus 2012

• Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2012

• Botanica Old Vine 2012

• DeMorgenzon Reserve 2012

• Jean Daneel Signature 2012

• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012

• Mullineux Family Schist 2012

• Opstal Carl Everson 2012

• Reyneke 2012

• Sadie Family Skurfberg 2012

• Stellenrust 48 Barrel Fermented 2012

Grenache Blanc

• The Foundry 2012

• AA Badenhorst Family CWG Auction Reserve White Grenache Vuilgoed 3 2012

Roussanne

Simonsig CWG Auction Reserve The Russety

One 2012

Sauvignon Blanc

• Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Wild

Ferment 2012

• Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2012

• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012

• Mulderbosch 1000 Miles 2012

• Tokara Walker Bay 2013

Semillon

• Constantia Uitsig 2012

White Blends

• Cape Point Isliedh 2012

• Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Bowline 2012

• David Aristargos 2012

• DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012 (White Wine of the Year)

• Fable Jackal Bird 2012

Fairview Nurok 2012

• Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2011

• Nederburg Ingenuity 2012

• Nitida Coronata Integration 2012

• Rall 2012

• Reyneke Reserve White 2011

• Sadie Family Palladius 2011

• Tokara Director’s Reserve 2012

Méthode Cap Classique

• Klein Constantia Brut 2010

• Silverthorn The Green Man Blanc de Blancs 2010

Dessert Wine, Fortified

• Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan White 2010

Dessert Wine Unfortified

• Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012

Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012

• KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

• Mullineux Family Straw Wine 2012

• Nederburg Eminence 2012

• Nederburg Edelkeur 2012

• Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late

Harvest 2012

Port-Style

• Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2011

• De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2011

• KWV Cape Tawny NV

Brandy

• Boplaas Potstill 20 Years Brandy

• KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

• KWV 20 Year Old

• Oude Meester Souverein

• Van Ryn 12 Year Distillers Reserve

• Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve

• Van Ryn Au.Ra

In addition to spotlighting some 900 South African producers, merchants and brands, and over 7,400 wines, brandies and “sherries”, Platter’s 2014 also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country.

Dining, accommodation and cellardoor tasting options are covered extensively, along with many winery amenities, attractions and activities. GPS coordinates, easy-to-use maps and quick look-up tables provide invaluable help for visitors planning their own wineland rambles, while listings of specialised wine tour operators offer a variety of alternatives for those searching for a guided experience.

Fully updated notes on the major winegrowing regions, grape varieties, winemaking styles, winetasting terms, and the major wine competitions and awards, as well as listings of wine educators country-wide complete the wide-ranging Platter’s offering.

Platter’s 2014 print version is available from the second half of November at selected bookstores and retail outlets countrywide. The recommended retail price is R169.95. The book can also be ordered online from Platter’s website (www.wineonaplatter.com). The web-based version of the guide is available from 8 November at www.wineonaplatter.com.


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