Results of the second annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced today. The competition consists of two parts, namely best wines from organically grown grapes and best environmental practices. Best Wines from Organically Grown Grapes Best White, Best Overall Reyneke Woolworths “W” Chenin Blanc 2009 Best Red Reyneke Reserve Red 2007 Best Sweet Stellar Heaven […]
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2008 is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, repeating the feat of the 2004 vintage in the 2009 edition of the guide. I tasted the yet-to-released 2009 vintate 10 days ago at a celebration of three decades of the property’s flagship Bordeaux-style red blend Rubicon and it was so good that I […]
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 […]