Platter 2014 revealed

Earlier this evening, the 34th edition of Platter’s South African wines was launched at the Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town.

First things first: the cover colour, always a matter of much debate and keenly anticipated; this year’s is eau de nile with dark blue foil.


Approximately 7400 wines, brandies and sherry-styles are listed in Platter 2014; of these, 80 wines and 7 brandies have achieved the ultimate five star rating (listed below). This compares with last year’s 62 five star wines.

Notable this year is the number of producers with multiple five star wines; Cederberg, Nederburg and MullineuxFamily Wines gained four each with Mullineux going on to be named Winery of the Year.

This was not too difficult a choice for editor, Philip van Zyl; since Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s first appearance under their own name in the 2010 guide (prior to that they were at the former Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, now Fable), they have been awarded a total of 11 five star wines, gaining these in every edition bar one.

The White and Red wines of the Year are equally valued; this year’s recipients are DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012, a chenin-based blend with roussanne, viognier and chardonnay and Newton Johnson’s maiden vintage of their single vineyard, Windansea Pinot Noir 2012.

Eleven wineries received 5 star ratings for the first time, namely Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar, Chateau Naudé Wine Creation, Eikendal Vineyards, Hilton Vineyards, Opstal Estate, Raats Family Wines, Richard Kershaw Wines, Sijnn, Silverthorn Wines, Spioenkop Wines and Windmeul Cooperative Cellar.

Superquaffer of the Year goes to Boland Kelder Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2013.

In a return to the guide, 60 brandies, husk spirits (grappa) have also been reviewed and rated this year. A selection of leading sherry-styles is also included.

Looking at the major winners in the different categories, white blends top the list with 13, followed by shiraz/syrah and chenin blanc with 11 each with red blends and unfortified dessert wines being awarded 7 each.

It needs to be mentioned here that Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012 chalks up seven consecutive five stars for this label, an unequalled record. Nederburg Ingenuity White has received one fewer, six consecutive vintages.

Varieties which make a first appearance in the five star line up are Adi Badenhorst’s CWG Auction Reserve Vuilgoed 2012, a grenache gris and Simonsig Estate’s CWG “The Russety One” Roussanne 2012.

This new 2014 edition introduces Jean-Pierre Rossouw as the guide’s new publisher. He takes over from Andrew McDowall, who has been associated with Platter as printer from the 1986 edition, when a member of management at Creda Press, and joint- then sole-publisher since the 1998 edition. As a farewell gift, the Platter team presented McDowall with a water colour cartoon of him in his E-type jaguar, created by well-known local cartoonist, Tony Grogan.

The print version of Platter 2014 will be available from the second half of November at selected bookstores and retail outlets countrywide for a recommended retail price of R169.95. It can also be ordered online at The web-based version is available at the same address from today.

Errata :

The name remains Mullineux Family Wines rather than Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

The tally of five stars is 80 wines and seven brandies

Platter 2014 Five star wines and brandies

Cabernet Franc

• Raats Family 2011

• Warwick 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon

• Boekenhoutskloof 2011

• Cederberg Five Generations 2011

• Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2011

• Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection 2010

• Stark-Condé Three Pines 2011


• Chateau Naudé Le Vin de François 2011

• Rijk’s Reserve 2009

• Spioenkop ‘1900’ 2012

Pinot Noir

• Newton Johnson Windansea 2012 (Red Wine of the Year)

• Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2012


• Cederberg CWG Auction Reserve Teen die Hoog 2011

• Eagles’ Nest 2010

• Fable Syrah 2011

• Hilton The Dalmatian 2010

• Mont Destin Destiny 2009

• Mullineux Family Schist Syrah 2011

• Mullineux Family Granite Syrah 2011

• Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2011

• Stark-Condé Three Pines Syrah 2011

• Saronsberg 2011

• Sijnn 2011


Red Blends

• Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2011

• Chamonix Troika 2011

• Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2011

• Eikendal Classique 2011

• Ken Forrester Three Halves 2009

• Thelema Rabelais 2009

• WindmeulReserveCape Blend 2012


• Chamonix Reserve 2012

• Hamilton Russell 2012

• Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2012

• Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2012

Chenin Blanc

• Alheit Radio Lazarus 2012

• Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2012

• Botanica Old Vine 2012

• DeMorgenzon Reserve 2012

• Jean Daneel Signature 2012

• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012

• Mullineux Family Schist 2012

• Opstal Carl Everson 2012

• Reyneke 2012

• Sadie Family Skurfberg 2012

• Stellenrust 48 Barrel Fermented 2012

Grenache Blanc

• The Foundry 2012

• AA Badenhorst Family CWG Auction Reserve White Grenache Vuilgoed 3 2012


• Simonsig CWG Auction Reserve The Russety One 2012

Sauvignon Blanc

• Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Wild Ferment 2012

• Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2012

• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012

• Mulderbosch 1000 Miles 2012

• Tokara Walker Bay 2013


• Constantia Uitsig 2012

White Blends

• Cape Point Isliedh 2012

• Cederberg David Niewoudt Ghost Corner Bowline 2012

• David Aristargos 2012

• DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012 (White Wine of the Year)

• Fable Jackal Bird 2012

• Fairview Nurok 2012

• Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2011

• Nederburg Ingenuity 2012

• Nitida Coronata Integration 2012

• Rall 2012

• Reyneke Reserve White 2011

• Sadie Family Palladius 2011

• Tokara Director’s Reserve 2012

Méthode Cap Classique

• Klein Constantia Brut 2010

• Silverthorn The Green Man Blanc de Blancs 2010

Dessert Wine, Fortified

• Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan White 2010

Dessert Wine Unfortified

• Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012

• Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012

• KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

• Mullineux Family Straw Wine 2012

• Nederburg Eminence 2012

• Nederburg Edelkeur 2012

• Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2012


• AxeHillCape Vintage 2011

• De Krans CapeVintage Reserve 2011

• KWVCapeTawnyNV


• Boplaas Potstill 20 Years Brandy

• KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

• KWV 20 Year Old

• Oude Meester Souverein

• Van Ryn 12 Year Distillers Reserve

• Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve

• Van Ryn Au.Ra


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