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New Cab clone planted at Ernie Els Wines

The Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 and Louis Strydom, winemaker and managing director at this Helderberg winery, is...

Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2009

When golfer Ernie Els established a winery in Stellenbosch back in 1999, there was initially just one Bordeaux-style red blend made in a modern,...

Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2007

There have been four winemakers at Stellenbosch winery Rust en Vrede since Jannie Engelbrecht, father of current owner Jean, acquired it in 1978: first...

Guardian Peak Desert Lion 2004

Guardian Peak Desert Lion 2004 is something of a collector’s item, though I didn’t realize it at the time of drinking. Served at lunch...

Topical pic: Peace and happiness in the Strydom household

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...