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Platter’s 2017

By , 31 October 2016



Major achievers in Platter’s 2017:

White Wine of the Year: Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

Platter’s Red Wine of the Year 2017.

Red Wine of the Year: The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

Sweet Wine of the Year: Mullineux & Leeu Straw Wine 2015

Winery of the Year: Nederburg Wines

Wineries are assigned an individual taster – all wines which received a sighted rating of either Four and Half Stars or nominated for Five Stars went through to a blind taste-off, 740 wines in the running. Those endorsed as Five Stars as follows:

Bartinney 2015
Chamonix 2015
Chamonix Reserve 2015
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2015
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2015
Groot Constantia 2015
Hamilton Russell 2015
Haskell Anvil 2015
Iona 2015
Jordan Barrel Fermented 2015
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve 2015
La Vierge Apogée 2015
Meerlust 2015
Môreson Mercator Premium 2014
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2015
Restless River Ava Marie 2014
Richard Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shales CY95 2015

Chenin Blanc
AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2015
Alheit Radio Lazarus 2015
Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2015
Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine 2015
Botanica Mary Delany 2015
David & Nadia 2015
David & Nadia Hoë-Steen 2015
Edgebaston Camino Africa David Finlayson 2015
Fram 2015
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2015
Mount Abora Koggelbos 2014
Opstal Carl Everson 2015
Ronnie B Patatsfontein Steen 2015
Sadie Family Skurfberg 2015
Spioenkop 1900 2015
Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc
Bloemendal Suider Terras 2015
Diemersdal 8 Rows 2016
Diemersdal MM Louw 2015
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2015
Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Kat Met Die Houtbeen 2014
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2015
Mulderbosch 1000 Miles 2015
Nederburg Private Bin D234 2015
Skaap 44 2015 (Wedderwil)

Botanica Mary Delany 2015
Opstal The Barber 2015
Sadie Family Kokerboom 2015
Shannon 2015

White Blends
Alheit Hemelrand Vine Garden 2015
Beaumont ‘New Baby’ 2015
David & Nadia Aristargos 2015
GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Sadie Family Palladius 2014
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2015
Tokara Director’s Reserve 2015
Vondeling Babiana 2015

Cabernet Franc
Warwick 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon
Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2013
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012
Nederburg Private Bin R163 2013
Tokara Reserve 2013

Bosman Family Twyfeling 2015
Kaapzicht Skuinsberg 2015

Grenache Noir
Spice Route 2014
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Limited Release 2015

Laibach Claypot 2014
Shannon Mount Bullet 2013

Beeslaar 2014
Flagstone Time Manner Place 2014

Pinot Noir
Hamilton Russell 2015
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards CWG Auction Reserve Seadragon 2015
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2015

Fable Syrah 2014
Iona Solace Syrah 2014
Keermont Topside Syrah 2014
La Motte Pierneef Syrah-Viognier 2014
Porseleinberg 2014
Reyneke Reserve Red 2014
Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2014
Ronnie B Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2015
Trizanne Reserve Syrah 2015

Red blends
Artisanal Boutique Winery JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2013
Chamonix Troika 2014
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2013
Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2014
Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Brew Master 2014
Olifantsberg Silhouette 2014
The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

Sweet wine, Unfortified
Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2015
Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn Vin de Paille 2015
Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest 2015
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2012
Mullineux & Leeu Straw Wine 2015
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2015
Perdeberg Speciality Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc 2014
Stellar Heaven on Earth Natural Sweet NV

Boplaas Potstill Reserve 12 Years

Note: winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes tasted for Platter’s from 2010 to 2012 but subsequently resigned his position.


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    Lloyd | 2 November 2016

    Following kwispedoor’s comment: i wonder if Eagles Nest didn’t submit? Their 2013 Shiraz is surely their best yet. Quite an upset if it was submitted, and if so: was there a stylistic preference here?

      Hennie @ Batonage | 3 November 2016

      Eagles Nest Shiraz 2013 is under the highly recommended section of the guide, which means it just missed out on 5 stars. It also means that it was tasted for 5 stars. I don’t think there’s any mysteries here.

    Angela Lloyd | 2 November 2016

    If Kwisp looks carefully at the Sadie Family Wines entry in this year’s Platter, he’ll see the red wines – ie Pofadder, Soldaat andTreinspoor – weren’t tasted, so it goes without saying they wouldn’t have been entered on the 5* tasting. So it’s not a complicated or deeper issue. I’m sure there’s no hidden agenda on Platter’s side.

      Kwispedoor | 2 November 2016

      Ah, so Eben didn’t submit his reds at all (still waiting for my copy of Platter’s)? I’ve never heard of a producer submitting whites, but not reds. Curious…

    Kwispedoor | 2 November 2016

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that some producers did not submit their wines for the five star tasting. If it is so that Sadie (to name one) didn’t submit their red wines for this tasting, it could be argued that they might just have garnered another one or two five star wines, perhaps earning them the Winery of the Year title.

    The question remains: why would a producer refrain from submitting 4.5* wines from the 5* tasting? Surely the volumes of wine needed as tasting samples is not prohibitive? And surely the panels could be trusted to also award wines that were made differently or that taste differently amongst a flight of more conventional wines (or can’t they)? I can understand if a producer doesn’t submit anything at all from the get-go because they feel their wines are generally underrated or for whatever reason, but why would anyone just refrain from submitting for the 5* tasting? What meaningful losses can they suffer?

    Also, I feel that Platter’s should make public which 4.5* wines have been withheld from the 5* tasting, if in fact this did happen. Some punters out there could be really surprised as to why certain wines didn’t get a 5* rating and this would give new perspective on the matter. Can anyone cast some more light on this perplexing matter?

    Elias | 1 November 2016

    Hi Christian. What is your take on the 5 star wines? Lots of ‘big’ names nowhere to be seen. Boekenhoutskloof, Cederberg, Saronsberg, R&V, Hartenberg, Mullineux(dry wines), Spier, Simonsig just to name a few. Are the judges tasting after trends or are the competition just getting more fierce. Cheers Elias

      Christian | 1 November 2016

      Hi Elias, I think the issue is that SA fine wine is now so wide-ranging and intricate that no one critical entity, be it Platter’s or anybody else, can hope to be absolutely definitive. It’s a matter of logistics as much as anything.

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