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Special guest appearance: John Platter, founder of Platter's in 1981.

Judging of the wines nominated for 5 Stars to appear in Platter’s 2012 was completed today at the Devon Valley hotel in Stellenbosch. There were a total of 160 wines in the running (compared to 140 last year), and tasters were divided into three panels of five, each panel assessing different categories. This is the only stage of the process were tasting is done blind.

There were 26 examples of Shiraz, 19 Bordeaux-style red blends, 12 Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 Chardonnay, 11 other red blends, 10 other white blends, 10 Sauvignon Blanc, 10 unfortified sweet wines, nine Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, eight Chenin Blanc, seven Pinot Noir, six Pinotage, six Cap Classique, three Port, five Cabernet Franc, two Merlot, one Cinsaut, one fortified dessert, one Grenache Blanc, one Riesling and one Tinta barocca.

In addition, the entire body of judges looked at 11 wines for the title of “Superquaffer of the Year”, each taster being required to rank the line-up in order of preference. All will be revealed when the new edition is launched on 30 October.

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