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Platter's 2019 Launch

Platter's 2019 Launch

 
     
Dec 2018

Three Wineries of the Year Recognised for Excellence 

Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2019 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 5 November 2018 with over 200 guests in attendance, the VIPs including the wine producers who achieved the maximum Five Star rating in the new edition – reserved for wines that are “South African classics” and scored 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale.

A total of 90 wines achieved the coveted Five Star status this year. Publisher of Platter’s by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “All wines that scored 93 points or higher in the primary assessment went into a second round of tasting, conducted blind (without sight of the label) by small panels including experienced palates from outside the team. The stringency of this model means that our Five Star wines showed their consistent brilliance. Hearty congratulations to all!”

This edition, the ultimate Platter’s accolade, Winery of the Year, has expanded to become a trio of pinnacle awards, each saluting excellence in South African wine-making. The Newcomer Winery of the Year recognises the winery that records the best results as a first-time participant in the guide. This honour goes to Erika Obermeyer Wines, with two Five Stars on debut. The Top Performing Winery of the Year award goes to Mullineux, (See main pic above: JP Rossouw presents the Top Performing Winery of the Year award to Chris & Andrea Mullineux) who are no strangers to Platter’s accolades, having twice previously been Winery of the Year. In the new guide they achieve a remarkable four Five Stars plus a Wine of the Year. Finally, the Editor’s Award for 2019 goes to Newton Johnson Vineyards, as editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of this family venture’s consistently superb quality over a range of styles of wine.

In a further innovation, the number of Wines of the Year has also been increased, and the expanded line-up now reflects the highest-scoring Five Star wines in their category (or, in instances where wines were tied with the highest scores, the judging panels’ preferred wine). The list of the 25 remarkable wines follows below.

Another first in this edition is the introduction of 100-point scores, printed alongside the familiar 'Platter’s Stars', for the recently tasted wines. Jean-Pierre Rossouw comments: “100-point scoring is the global standard, and by combining this notation with our own long-standing star-rating system, we hope that our international readers in particular will better understand and contextualise our judges’ assessments. We see the two rating systems coexisting in the guide in the future.”

Platter's 2019 Newcomer Winery of the Year - JP Rossouw presents the award to Erika Obermeyer.

Wines of the Year

These are the highest-scoring Five Star wines within each tasting category. In instances where there were a number of wines tied at equal points, we asked the panel to identify their favourite.

Cabernet Franc
Raats Dolomite 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon
Le Riche Reserve 2015

Grenache Noir
Sadie Soldaat 2017

Merlot
Shannon The Shannon Black 2013

Petit Verdot
Thelema Sutherland Reserve 2015

Pinotage
Kanonkop Black Label 2016

Pinot Noir
Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma 2017

Shiraz/Syrah
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015

Tinta Barocca
Elemental Bob Graveyard 2017

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Plaisir de Merle Signature 2012

Red Blends, with Pinotage
Beyerskloof Faith 2014

Red blends, with Shiraz/Syrah
Saronsberg Full Circle 2016

Red Blends, Other
Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2016

Chardonnay
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2016

Chenin Blanc
DeMorgenzon The Divas 2017

Sauvignon Blanc, Unwooded
Steenberg The Black Swan 2017

Sauvignon Blanc, Wooded
Bartho Eksteen Houtskool 2017

Semillon
Rickety Bridge Road to Santiago 2016

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Vergelegen GVB 2015

White Blends, Other
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2017

Méthode Cap Classique
Villiera Monro Brut 2012

Natural Sweet
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2014

Noble Late Harvest
Paul Cluver Riesling 2017

Vin de Paille
Mullineux Straw Wine 2017

Port-style
Overgaauw Cape Vintage 1998

Platter's 2019 Editor’s Award - JP Rossouw presents the award to Nadia & Gordon Newton Johnson.

The Five Star wines in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2019 are:

Cabernet Franc
Raats 2016
Raats Dolomite 2016
Van Loggerenberg Breton 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon
Bartinney Cabernet 2015
Erika Obermeyer Erika O 2015
Le Riche Reserve 2015
Reyneke Reserve 2015
Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou 2016
Warwick The Blue Lady 2015

Grenache Noir
Sadie Soldaat 2017

Merlot
Oldenburg 2015
Shannon The Shannon Black 2013
Thelema Reserve 2015

Petit Verdot
Thelema Sutherland Reserve 2015

Pinotage
Beeslaar 2016
Beyerskloof Diesel 2016
Kanonkop Black Label 2016

Pinot Noir
Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma 2017
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2017

Shiraz/Syrah
Dorrance Syrah Cuvée Ameena 2016
Hartenberg CWG Auction Reserve Shiraz 2015
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015
Luddite Shiraz 2014
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2016
Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2016
Porseleinberg Syrah 2016
Rall Ava Syrah 2017
Rhebokskloof Black Marble Hill Syrah 2015
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2015

Tinta Barocca
Elemental Bob Graveyard 2017

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2014
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015
Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2015
Plaisir de Merle Signature 2012
Ridgeback Signature C 2016

Red Blends, with Pinotage
Beyerskloof Faith 2014

Red Blends, with Shiraz/Syrah
Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2017
Erika Obermeyer Erika O Syrah-Grenache Noir-Cinsault 2016
Saronsberg Full Circle 2016

Red Blends, Other
Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2016
Rust en Vrede Estate 2015
Waterford The Jem 2014

Chardonnay
Haskell Anvil 2017
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2016
Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2017
Restless River Ava Marie 2016
Warwick The White Lady 2017

Chenin Blanc
Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2017
Botanica Mary Delany 2017
Cederberg Five Generations 2016
City on a Hill Wine Company 2017
David & Nadia 2017
David & Nadia Hoë-Steen 2017
David & Nadia Skaliekop 2017
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2017
DeMorgenzon The Divas 2017
Metzer Montane 2017
Rall Ava 2017
Sadie Skurfberg 2017
Savage Never Been Asked To Dance 2017
Spier 21 Gables 2017
Spier Farm House Organic 2016
Spioenkop Sarah Raal 2017
Stellenrust 53 Barrel Fermented 2017
Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2017

Sauvignon Blanc, Unwooded
Steenberg The Black Swan 2017

Sauvignon Blanc, Wooded
Bartho Eksteen Houtskool 2017

Semillon
Alheit La Colline 2017
Benguela Cove Catalina 2017
Rickety Bridge Road to Santiago 2016

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Cape Point Isliedh 2017
Shannon Capall Bán 2015
Vergelegen GVB 2015
Warwick Professor Black 2017

White Blends, Other
B Vintners Vine Exploration Co Harlem to Hope 2017
Lourens Lindi Carien 2017
Mullineux Old Vines 2017
Rall 2017
Sadie Palladius 2016
Savage 2017
Stark-Condé The Field Blend 2017
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2017

Méthode Cap Classique
Colmant Absolu Zero Dosage NV
Villiera Monro Brut 2012
Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut 2012

Natural Sweet
Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2014

Noble Late Harvest 
Paul Cluver Riesling 2017

Vin de Paille
Mullineux Straw Wine 2017

Port-style
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2016
Overgaauw Cape Vintage 1998

Brandy/Husk Spirit
Boplaas Potstill 20 Years Reserve
Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Celebration Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Husk Spirit
KWV 10 Year Old Vintage
KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select
KWV 15 Year Old Alambic
KWV 20 Year Old
KWV Nexus
Oude Meester Souverein
Van Ryn 12 Year Distillers Reserve
Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve
Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve

Platter’s by Diners Club 2019 Souh Africa Wine Guide

Published by: John Platter SA Wineguide (Pty) Ltd
Publisher: Jean-Pierre Rossouw ([email protected]
Editor: Philip van Zyl ([email protected])
Tasters for this edition: Winnie Bowman, Hennie Coetzee, Greg de Bruyn, Joanne Gibson, Tim James, Angela Lloyd, Cathy Marston, Fiona McDonald, Gregory Mutambe, Christine Rudman, Dave Swingler, Cathy van Zyl and Meryl Weaver. 
Suggested retail price: R270
ISBN: 978-0-9870046-8-0

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