The 2006 vintage of Spier Frans K. Smit (a blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Shiraz and the rest equal parts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Pinotage) is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011 duplicating the performance of the 2005 (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 22% Shiraz and 5% Pinotage) in the 2010 edition […]
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. This is the latest in a string of awards that includes the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Veritas 2009 Double Gold, the trophy for best in class at Tri Nations 2009, a Diamond Award […]
Of the Five-Star rated wines in Platter’s, the red and white that receive the most positive votes from the judging panel are named Wines of the Year. Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest 2009 is this year’s White Wine of the Year, and while it is an undoubtedly excellent example of a wine […]
…and the Barrel Fermented 2008 doesn’t. The way that Platter’s works is that all wines are tasted sighted (labels exposed), except for those nominated for Five Stars. Each member of the tasting team gets a random selection of new-release wines to work through and those that he or she thinks are worthy of 5 Stars […]
In what must surely be unprecedented in the 31-year history of Platter’s, husband and wife Louis and Rianie Strydom were each responsible for wines earning Five Stars in the 2011 edition, he for Ernie Els Signature2007 and she for Haskell Pillars 2008.
Mount Bullet 2008 from Elgin property Shannon Vineyards is the only example of Merlot to achieve Five Stars in Platter’s 2011, and the first to achieve the guide’s ultimate accolade since Thelema Reserve 2003 did so in 2006. There were two other wines nominated but not endorsed for Five Stars in the 2011 guide, namely […]
The Winery of the Year award in the annual Platter’s guide is the personal selection of editor Philip van Zyl, after considering a variety of criteria, the aim being to showcase a producer which epitomises the best of South African winegrowing today. This year Nederburg accumulated a record 5 five-star accolades (Ingenuity White 2009, Ingenuity […]
The 2011 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide was launched yesterday, featuring over 6 000 wines from more than 800 producers, including 58 newcomers. The guide includes 58 wines rated Five Stars, of which 24 were red, 23 were white, five were unfortified sweet wine, four were Port and two were Méthode Cap Classique. […]