Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide

Galore SA/ November 20, 2022/ ALCOHOL BEVERAGES, LATEST NEWS/ 0 comments

Announces Pinnacle Awards for 2023 Edition

Wineries of the Year, Wines of the Year and

Five Star Wines

Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide has revealed the recipients of its sought-after and esteemed pinnacle awards – the Wineries of the Year, Wines of the Year and Five Star Wines – for the latest (2023) edition.

The announcement was made at the launch of the top-selling and collectible hardback guide, featuring a stunning cover design, the first with an elegant white background, with touches of always-stylish rose gold.

The new-look hardcover book was introduced at a bespoke function in Stellenbosch on Thursday 17 November 2022. The digital version of Platter’s, available on the apps for iOS/Apple and Android, and on the website, www.wineonaplatter.com, was launched at the same event.

This 43rd edition of South Africa’s favourite wine guide features well over 900 producers, merchants and brands, including 37 new ones, and over 8,000 locally produced wines, as well as brandies, husk spirits and sherry-style wines.

A highlight of any new edition is the trio of prestigious Winery of the Year awards, the highest accolades bestowed by Platter’s. The Top Performing Winery of the Year goes to the winery that achieves the most five-star ratings after the annual final tasting round. This year the worthy recipient is Mullineux, with an astonishing run of eight five-star results. This is the stellar Swartland-based venture’s fifth time as Platter’s highest achiever, having been best-performing winery in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

The Editor’s Award Winery of the Year recognises a winegrowing individual or team who, based on performance in the current edition as well as their track record, are ambassadors par excellence for South African wine. This year the award goes to Cape Winemakers Guild member Duncan Savage and his Cape Town boutique winery Savage Wines. Last year Savage Wines achieved a remarkable seven five-star ratings. An amazing five such rankings this year, once again proving Duncan’s consistency as a trailblazer and undoubtedly one of the Cape’s foremost winemakers.

The Newcomer Winery of the Year is awarded to the producer who debuts in Platter’s this year and achieves the highest scores. The well-deserved recipient of this distinction is Trade Winds Wine, owned by friends and long-time serious wine aficionados Martin Voigt and Richard Wells, with a brilliant five-star Cabernet Sauvignon blended by Colin Frith, an honorary Cape Wine Master and one of the most experienced men-about-the-winelands.

Wines receiving the sought-after five-star rating in Platter’s must undergo a rigorous process of sighted and blind assessment (i.e. with and without sight of the label) by a team of experienced experts. Bottlings that are judged to be “Superlative, a South African classic” are given the highest ranking of five stars, equal to 95 points or better on the 100-point rating scale.

Of the 5-star-awarded wines, the top performers within each category receive the coveted accolade, Wines of the Year. This time there are 26 category winners. They are:

Cabernet Franc

Mulderbosch Single Vineyard 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon

Le Riche Reserve 2019

Cinsault

Rall 2021

Grenache Noir

Kruger Old Vines 2020

Merlot

Longridge Misterie 2017

Petit Verdot

Benguela Cove Vinography 2020

Pinotage

Kanonkop Black Label 2020

Pinot Noir

Cap Maritime 2021

Shiraz/Syrah

Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2021

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2019

Red Blends, with Pinotage

Beyerskloof Faith 2018

Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based

Sadie Columella 2020

Red Blends, Other

Leeu Passant Dry Red 2019

Chardonnay

Hamilton Russell 2021

Chenin blanc

Mullineux CWG Trifecta 2020

Hárslevelü

Lemberg 2021

Sauvignon Blanc

Bartho Eksteen Houtskool 2021

Semillon

Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2021

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Benguela Cove Vinography Semillon-Sauvignon

Blanc 2021

White Blends, Other

Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2021

Cap Classique

Anthonij Rupert L’Ormarins Private Cuvée 2014

Dessert Wine, Fortified

De Krans Muscat Blanc 2022

Natural Sweet

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2018

Noble Late Harvest

Paul Clüver Riesling 2021

Vin de Paille

Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Port-style

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2020

The 196 five-star wines for 2023 are:

Cabernet Franc

Botanica Big Flower 2020

David Finlayson Camino Africana 2020

Mulderbosch Single Vineyard 2019

Warwick 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon

Bartinney Skyfall 2017

Benguela Cove Vinography 2019

Erika Obermeyer Erika O 2019

Kanonkop 2018

Le Riche Reserve 2019

Miles Mossop Maximilian CWG 2019

Nederburg Manor House 2019

Restless River Main Road & Dignity 2019

Reyneke Biodynamic Reserve 2019

Rickety Bridge The Bridge 2020

Stark-Condé Oude Nektar 2019

Trade Winds 2019

Cinsault

Kleine Zalze Project Z 2021

Leeu Passant Basson 2020

Rall 2021

Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Old Vine 2021

Grenache Noir

AA Badenhorst Raaigras 2021

David & Nadia 2021

Kruger Old Vines 2020

Mischa Reserve 2021

Momento 2020

Merlot

Longridge Misterie 2017

Petit Verdot

Benguela Cove Vinography 2020

Pinotage

Beeslaar 2020

De Grendel Amandelboord 2020

Diemersdal Prospect 2020

Francois van Niekerk 2020

illimis 2021

Kaapzicht Steytler 2020

Kanonkop Black Label 2020

Survivor Reserve 2020

Pinot Noir

Bosman Hermanus 2021

Cap Maritime 2021

Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2021

Crystallum Bona Fide 2021

Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma 2021

Crystallum Mabalel 2021

Kara-Tara Reserve 2020

Oak Valley South Ridge PN667 2020

Storm Vrede 2021

Shiraz/Syrah

Boschkloof Epilogue 2020

De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2020

De Grendel Op die Berg Syrah 2021

Harry Hartman Somesay 2021

Hartenberg The Stork 2019

Keermont Topside Syrah 2017

Mullineux Jakkalsfontein Granite Syrah 2020

Mullineux Iron Kasteelsig Syrah 2020

Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2020

Mullineux Syrah 2020

Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2021

Rall Ava Syrah 2021

Savage CWG Syrah 2020

Savage Girl Next Door 2021

Savage Red 2020

Wolf & Woman Syrah 2021

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2017

Alto MPHS 2016

Darling Cellars Sir Charles Darling 2019

Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2019

Glenelly Lady May 2018

Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2017

Jordan Cobblers Hill 2018

Jordan Sophia 2017

Keet First Verse 2019

Marianne Desirade 2019

Overgaauw Tria Corda 2019

Stellenrust Timeless 2019

Stony Brook The Max 2019

Thelema Rabelais 2020

Van Biljon Cinq 2018

Vondeling Philosophie 2017

Woolworths Cobblers Hill 2018

Red Blends, with Pinotage

Beyerskloof Faith 2018

Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based

ArtiSons JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2019

Ellerman House The Ellerman 2020

Sadie Columella 2020

Red Blends, Other

Blackwater Sophie Cabernet Franc-Cinsaut 2021

De Trafford Elevation 393 2016

Fairview Homtini 2019

Leeu Passant Dry Red 2019

Leopard’s Leap Pardus 2020

Marianne Floréal 2019

Van Wyk Rebecca May 2021

Chardonnay

Bartinney Hourglass 2020

Capensis Fijnbosch 2018

Creation Glenn’s Chardonnay 2021

David Finlayson Shale Terraces 2021

Delaire Graff Terraced Block 2021

Draaiboek Onskuld 2021

GlenWood Grand Duc 2020

GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection 2021

Hamilton Russell 2021

Jordan Nine Yards 2021

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2020

Longridge Organic Clos du Ciel 2018

Newton Johnson CWG Sandford 2020

Oak Valley South Ridge CY95 2020

Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2021

Oldenburg 2021

Richard Kershaw Elgin 2020

Richard Kershaw Kogelberg Sandstone CY76 2020

Richard Kershaw Lower Duivenhoks River 2020

Storm Ridge 2021

Tokara Reserve 2021

Warwick The White Lady 2021

Chenin Blanc

Alheit Cartology 2021

Alheit Fire by Night 2021

Bellingham The Bernard Series 2021

Bosman Family Optenhorst 2021

Botanica Mary Delany Collection 2021

Catherine Marshall Fermented in Clay 2021

Cederberg Five Generations 2021

David & Nadia 2021

David & Nadia Plat’bos 2021

David & Nadia Skaliekop 2021

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2021

Eenzaamheid 2020

JC Wickens Swerwer 2021

Kaapzicht Kliprug 2021

Leeuwenkuil White 2020

Metzer & Holfeld Montane 2021

Mullineux CWG Trifecta 2020

Mullineux Granite Eikelaan 2021

Old Road Wine Company Stone Trail 2020

Raats CWG The Fountain 2021

Rall Ava 2021

Sadie Mev. Kirsten 2021

Sakkie Mouton Revenge Of The Crayfish 2021

Savage Never Been Asked To Dance 2021

Scions of Sinai Granietsteen 2021

Stark-Condé Monk Stone 2021

Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2021

Wade Bales Breedekloof 2021

Hárslevelü

Lemberg 2021

Sauvignon Blanc

Anthonij Rupert Altima 2022

Bartho Eksteen CWG Vloekskoot 2021

Bartho Eksteen Houtskool 2021

Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Wild Ferment 2021

Diemersdal The Journal 2021

Diemersdal Wild Horseshoe 2021

Marianne 2021

Steenberg The Black Swan 2021

Thorne & Daughters Snakes & Ladders 2021

Trizanne Sondagskloof White 2021

Vergelegen SV Schaapenberg 2020

Semillon

Anthonij Rupert Laing Groendruif 2021

Black Elephant Vintners The Dark Side Of The Vine 2019

Boekenhoutskloof 2020

De Kleine Wijn Koöp Debutant White 2021

De Kleine Wijn Koöp Road to Santiago 2021

Gabriëlskloof Magdalena 2021

Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage 2020

The Vineyard Party I’m Your Huckleberry 2019

Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2021

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Benguela Cove Vinography Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Delaire Graff White Reserve 2020

Morgenster White Reserve 2021

Savage White 2021

Wade Bales Constantia Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2021

White Blends, Other

Alheit Hemelrand Vine Garden 2021

Beaumont New Baby 2021

Bellingham Freda 2021

Creation Viognier-Roussanne 2021

David & Nadia Aristargos 2021

Keermont Terrasse 2021

Mullineux Old Vines White 2021

Rall White 2021

Sadie Skerpioen 2021

Sadie Palladius 2020

Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2021

Stark-Condé The Field Blend 2021

Tempel Kattemaai Chenin Blanc-Semillon 2021

The Ahrens Family The WhiteBlack 2020

The Grapesmith Die Kluisenaar 2019

Vuurberg White 2021

Cap Classique

Anthonij Rupert L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2017

Anthonij Rupert L’Ormarins Private Cuvée 2014

Colmant Absolu Zero Dosage NV

Saltare Brut Rosé NV

Silverthorn CWG Big Dog VIII 2017

Silverthorn Jewel Box 2017

Dessert Wine, Fortified

De Krans Muscat Blanc 2022

Natural Sweet

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2018

Noble Late Harvest

Delheim Edelspatz 2020

Miles Mossop Kika 2021

Paul Clüver Riesling 2021

Vin de Paille

Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2022

Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Zevenwacht Vine Dried Muscat Blanc 2019

Port-style

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2020

KWV Cape Tawny NV

Brandy

Boplaas Potstill Reserve 20 Years

KWV Centenary

KWV Nexus

KWV 20 Year Old

KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select

KWV 10 Year Old Vintage

Tokara XO Potstill

Van Ryn 20 Year Old Potstill

Van Ryn 15 Year Old Potstill

Van Ryn 12 Year Old Potstill

Husk Spirit

Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Celebration Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

With 28 five stars, Chenin Blanc continues its remarkable performance of recent years and, in a significant development, now not only equals the number of five-star Red Blends but also surpasses the White Blends category’s 21 maximum ratings.

Together, however, the Blended class (Red and White) remains a powerhouse of quality, responsible for a quarter of all the five-star ratings.

Another category building on an improved base is Chardonnay, adding three 95+ ratings to last year’s 19. Other strong performers are Shiraz/Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 16 and 12 wines respectively.

Reflected in the five-star line-up are many of the key trends shaping South African wine today, such as the revival and reinterpretation of traditional varieties such as Cinsault and Semillon, and adoption of heat-tolerant varieties like Grenache Noir; red wines with lighter textures and lower alcohol; clay and concrete vessels as alternatives to oak for ferment and/or ageing; and ‘deconstruction’, where different sites and even clones of the same grape variety are bottled separately.

“Another relatively recent development mirrored in the ratings is the release of minuscule special bottlings of an experimental nature, sometimes literally one barrel, intended to explore a particular grape variety, site and/or winegrowing technique, or sometimes simply express the winemakers’ personality or vision,” says Philip van Zyl, managing director and editor of Platter’s.

“It’s always a pleasure to see new names make their debut in the guide at the highest levels of quality, and established ones achieve their first Platter’s five-star rating.

“South Africa continues to impress wine-lovers and -collectors around the world with its outstanding quality, along with diversity, character and interest. The fact that many pinnacle wines in our guide are tagged as good value is a massive plus for consumers in challenging economic times.

“We are delighted and very proud of our line-up and would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the producers on their stellar achievement.”

Also noteworthy are the 291 Highly Recommended wines and brandies, which narrowly missed five stars but are nonetheless extremely fine and collectable, earning a rating of 94 on the 100-point scale.

Philip van Zyl continues: “The guide’s descriptions and ratings, compiled in association with a team of leading experts, make it easy to find the right wine for any occasion, while the good-value indicators highlight those bottlings which are especially budget friendly across all quality levels.

“Red and white wines showing potential for cellaring are flagged by means of the Cellar Worthy icon, while wines which tasters feel are particularly worthy of note, being interesting, attractive, unique or representative of an important trend are highlighted with the Hidden Gems icon.

“This edition, we are very pleased to be reintroducing the Superquaffers, wines that we feel are exceptionally drinkable and well-priced. These uber-affordable and easy-drinking bottlings are identified by the smiley-faced icon.”

Platter’s 2023 also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country. Cellardoor tasting options are covered in detail, along with many winery amenities, attractions and activities, plus dining and accommodation in Cape Town and the winelands. Easy-to-use maps and quick look-up tables provide invaluable help for visitors planning their own wineland rambles, while listings of specialised wine tour operators offer a variety of alternatives for those who prefer a guided experience.

Fully updated notes on the major winegrowing regions, grape varieties, winemaking styles, winetasting terms, and the major wine competitions and awards, as well as listings of wine educators country-wide form part of a wide-ranging offering.

As always, the guide is prefaced by an insightful and thought-provoking overview of important developments and trends in South Africa and the wider wine world.

Platter’s 2023 hardcover is available from selected bookstores and retailers nationwide from the end of November 2022. The recommended retail price is R399.00 inclusive of VAT.

  • Published by: John Platter SA Wine Guide (Pty) Ltd
  • Editor: Philip van Zyl (pvz@wineonaplatter.com)
Share this Post

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*