New Platter’s Guide 2018

by | Nov 5, 2017 | News

The annual Platter’s South African Wine Guide for 2018 was launched at Cape Town’s The Table Bay Hotel on 3 November 2017. This year’s guide features a striking “Habanero red” cover. It is the 38th edition since the definitive guide to African wines first appeared in 1980.

Publisher Jean-Pierre Rossouw announced the White, Red, Fortified & Unfortified Dessert, and Winery of the Year recipients amid a buzz of anticipation. Rossouw urged the winemakers to remain firm on prices, as this year’s 111 five-star wines (compared to 94 last year, and a total of only 987 since 1980) were a testament to the value embedded in the industry. He also announced new Platter’s bottle seals which displays each wine’s score in the international 100-point scoring system – bragging rights that are sure to appear prominently in future marketing campaigns. To be rated five stars in Platter’s Guide, wines have to score 95 or more in the 100-point scoring system. Winning wineries and winemakers were soon being showered with praise on social media, where #platters2018 quickly turned into a trending topic.

The guide’s highest accolade, Winery of the Year, was awarded to Raats Family Wines – a bright feather in the cap for owner and winemaker Bruwer Raats. Raats had a hand in no less than eight five-star wines this year.

Nederburg was celebrated as the most-awarded winery since the guide’s inception, collecting an impressive 42 five stars, followed by Sadie and Kanonkop Wine Estate.

Twenty wineries entered the five-star hall of fame for the first time: B Vintners Vine Exploration Co; Cape Wine Company; Carinus Family Vineyards; Daschbosch (previously uniWines); Elemental Bob; Highlands Road Estate; JC Wickens Wines; Lanzerac Wine Estate; Le Sueur Wines; Lingen; Longridge Wine Estate; Orange River Cellars; Paserene; Pongrácz; Remhoogte Wine Estate; Reverie; The Stellenbosch Reserve; Thistle & Weed; Van Loveren Family Vineyards; and Zorgvliet Wines.

The wine tasters for the 2018 Guide were Angela Lloyd; Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl; Cape Wine Masters Winnie Bowman, Greg de Bruyn, Tim James, Christine Rudman and Meryl Weaver; Hennie Coetzee, Joanne Gibson, Cathy Marston, Fiona McDonald, Gregory Mutambe, Samarie Smith, and Dave Swingler, under the watchful eye of Philip van Zyl.

Winery of the Year
Raats Family Wines

White Wine of the Year
The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015

Red Wine of the Year
Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Dessert Wine of the Year Unfortified
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013

Dessert Wine of the Year Fortified
Beaumont Starboard Dessert Wine NV

The Five Star wines in Platter’s 2018 South African Wine Guide are:

Cabernet Franc

  1. Môreson 2015
  2. Raats 2015
  3. Raats Eden High Density Single Vineyard 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Bartinney 2014
  2. Delaire Graff Reserve 2015
  3. Edgebaston David Finlayson ‘GS’ 2014
  4. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015
  5. Nederburg Two Centuries 2014
  6. Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard 2014
  7. Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2012
  8. Stark-Condé Three Pines 2015
  9. The Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou 2015
  10. Uva Mira The Mira 2015

Cinsaut

  1. Sadie Pofadder 2016

Merlot

  1. Shannon Mount Bullet 2014

Pinotage

  1. B Vintners Liberté 2016
  2. Flagstone Writer’s Block 2015
  3. Lanzerac Pionier 2015
  4. Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills 2015

Pinot Noir

  1. Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2015
  2. Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2016
  3. Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2016
  4. Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2016

Shiraz/Syrah

  1. Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015
  2. Cederberg Shiraz 2015
  3. De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2015
  4. Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014
  5. Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013
  6. Nico van der Merwe Syrah 2015
  7. Remhoogte Reserve Syrah 2015
  8. Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection Syrah 2015
  9. Trizanne Reserve Syrah 2016

Red blends

  1. Bellingham Small Barrel SMV 2014
  2. Cape Wine Company Erasmus Family 2015
  3. Chamonix Troika 2015
  4. Eikendal Charisma 2015
  5. JC Wickens Swerwer 2016
  6. Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2014
  7. Le Sueur Paradoks 2016
  8. Lingen 2014
  9. Longridge Ekliptika 2015
  10. Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013
  11. Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2015
  12. Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Private Bin R109 2014
  13. Ridgeback Signature C 2015
  14. Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2014
  15. Spier CWG Auction Reserve Frans K. Smit 2013
  16. The Stellenbosch Reserve Vanderstel 2015
  17. The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2015
  18. Waterford The Jem 2012
  19. Zorgvliet Richelle 2015

Chardonnay

  1. DeMorgenzon Reserve 2016
  2. Jordan Barrel Fermented 2016
  3. Julien Schaal Confluence 2016
  4. Paserene 2015
  5. Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2016
  6. Richard Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shales CY95 2016
  7. Warwick The White Lady 2016

 Chenin Blanc

  1. Alvi’s Drift Albertus Viljoen 2015
  2. Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2016
  3. Botanica Mary Delany 2016
  4. Carinus Rooidraai 2016
  5. David & Nadia Skaliekop 2016
  6. David & Nadia Hoë-Steen 2016
  7. Jordan Inspector Péringuey 2016
  8. Kaapzicht The 1947 2016
  9. Mount Abora Koggelbos 2015
  10. Perdeberg Dryland Courageous Barrel Fermented 2016
  11. Raats Eden High Density Single Vineyard 2015
  12. Raats Old Vine 2016
  13. Raats Original 2016
  14. Reverie 2016
  15. Sadie Skurfberg 2016
  16. Stellenrust 52 Barrel Fermented 2016
  17. Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2016

Grenache Blanc

  1. Elemental Bob Retro 2016
  2. The Foundry 2015

Riesling

  1. Paul Cluver Close Encounter 2016

Sauvignon Blanc

  1. Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2016
  2. Constantia Glen 2017
  3. Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met die Houtbeen 2015
  4. Highlands Road White Reserve 2015
  5. Oak Valley Fountain of Youth 2017
  6. Van Loveren Family Christina Van Loveren 2017

Semillon

  1. Alheit La Colline 2016
  2. Constantia Uitsig 2015
  3. Shannon 2016

White Blends

  1. AA Badenhorst White 2015
  2. B Vintners Harlem to Hope 2016
  3. Cape Point Isliedh 2016
  4. Delaire Graff Reserve White 2015
  5. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2015
  6. Olifantsberg Blanc 2016
  7. Sadie Palladius 2015
  8. Sadie T’Voetpad 2016
  9. Savage White 2016

Méthode Cap Classique

  1. Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV
  2. Pongrácz Desiderius 2009
  3. Steenberg Lady R 2012

Dessert Wine, Fortified

  1. Daschbosch Hanepoot 2015
  2. Orange River White Muscadel 2016

Dessert Wine, Unfortified

  1. Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn Vin de Paille 2016
  2. Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2014
  3. Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013
  4. Miles Mossop Kika Noble Late Harvest 2016
  5. Mullineux Essence Straw Wine 2012
  6. Mullineux Straw Wine 2016
  7. Perdeberg Dryland Longevity Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc 2016
  8. Tokara Noble Late Harvest 2016

Port-style

  1. Beaumont Starboard Dessert Wine NV
  2. Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2015

The Platter’s by Diners Club International 2018 South African Wine Guide is available in hardcover for R260 and in digital format (www.wineonaplatter.com/products)

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