Platter 2021

For this evening, I’m listing the five-star wines and Winery of the Year. Other results will be posted as they are announced along with a comment piece.

Many congratulations to Kleine Zalze, Owner Kobus Basson, Cellarmaster Alistair Rimmer & Winemaker RJ Botha for their seven 5* wines. Their large range covers wines at all levels and price, much at unbeatable value for quality. They are not satisfied to rest on these laurels but join the New Wave gang with exciting experiments Project Z, these to be released shortly.


Kleine Zalze Wines


AA Badenhorst Family

Kelder Steen 2019           

Red 2018             

Raaigras Grenache 2019               

Alheit Vineyards

Cartology 2019 

Magnetic North 2019

Hemelrand Vine Garden 2019

Lost & Found 2019

Nautical Dawn 2019

Anthonij Rupert Wyne         

Cabernet Franc 2014

Laing Groendruif Semillon 2017 

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Anwilka Anwilka 2017  

Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


The Mothership Chenin Blanc 2019

JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2017  

B Vintners Vine Exploration Co Harlem to Hope 2019

Bartho Eksteen

Vloekskoot 2019

Houtskool 2019

Beaumont Family Wines       

Hope Marguerite 2019  

Vitruvian 2017  


1953 Single Vineyard Pinotage 2018

Pinotage Reserve 2017  


Diesel Pinotage 2018

Faith 2016

Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Noble Late Harvest 2017

Bon Courage Estate Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2012

Boplaas Family VineyardsCape Vintage Reserve 2018

Boschkloof Epilogue 2018

Botanica Three Barrels Pinot Noir 2019

Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir 2019

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2019

Capensis Fijnbosch Chardonnay 2015

Carinus Family Vineyards

Polkadraai Heuwels Chenin Blanc 2018   

Polkadraai Heuwels Chenin Blanc 2019

Catherine Marshall Chenin Blanc Fermented in Clay 2019

Cederberg Private Cellar Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2019 

Charles Fox Cap Classique

Prestige Cuvée Cipher 2015

Prestige Cuvée Blanc de Blancs   2016

City on a Hill Wine Company White 2019


Cuvée Cinéma 2019

Mabalel 2019

David & Nadia

Elpidios 2018

Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2019

Skaliekop Chenin Blanc 2019

Plat’bos Chenin Blanc 2019

De Grendel    

Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2019

Elim Shiraz 2018

Sir David Graaff First Baronet 2016

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2019

De Kleine Wijn Koöp 

Debutant White 2019

Road to Santiago 2019

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2018

Delaire Graff Estate Laurence Graff Reserve 2017


Grand Reserve 2017

Vera Cruz Pinotage 2017

Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2019


Chenin Blanc Reserve 2019

De Trafford Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Syrah 393 2018 

Merlot 2016

Straw Wine 2017

Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018

Elevation 393 2014

Dewaldt Heyns Family Shiraz 2017


Pinotage The Journal 2018

Pinotage Reserve 2019  

Sauvignon Blanc The Journal 2019

Dorrance Syrah Cuvée Ameena 2019    

Ellerman House Hotel & Villas The Ellerman 2018


Cyril Back 2016 

La Beryl Blanc 2019

Glenelly Lady May 2015

GlenWood Noblesse 2017

Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2016

illimis Chenin Blanc 2019

JC Wickens Swartland Red Blend 2019  

Jordan Wine Estate

Nine Yards Chardonnay 2019

Cabernet Franc 2018

Methode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2015

Journey’s End Cape Doctor 2015

JP Bredell Cape Vintage Reserve 2017

Kanonkop Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Paul Sauer 2017                

Keet First Verse 2017

Ken Forrester Wines   Roussanne 2018

Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2016

Kleine Zalze Wines

Chenin Blanc (Vineyard Selection) 2019 

Chenin Blanc Amphora 2018

Chenin Blanc (Family Reserve) 2019

Whole Bunch Shiraz 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon (Family Reserve) 2017

Sauvignon Blanc (Family Reserve) 2019

Grenache Amphora 2017

Kumusha The Flame Lily 2019


The Mentors Canvas 2017

The Mentors Perold 2017

The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2018

Cape Tawny NV

La Bri Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017

Leeu Passant

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Radicales Libres 2015

Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Longridge Wine Organic Clos du Ciel 2017

Lourens Family Wines

Blouklip Steen   2019

Lua Ilse 2019

Marianne Wine Estate Floreal 2017

Meerlust Estate Rubicon 2017

Metzer & Holfeld Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Michaella Chenin Blanc 2019

Miles Mossop Wines Saskia-Jo 2018

Minimalist Stars In The Dark 2019

Mischa Estate Grenache 2018 

Morgenster Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Granite Chenin Blanc 2019

Granite Syrah 2018

Schist Syrah 2018

Olerasay Straw Wine NV              

Muratie Wine Estate Ansela van de Caab 2017

Naudé Wines Oupa Willem 2018

Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Neil Ellis Wines

Jonkershoek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Whitehall Chardonnay 2019

Newstead Lund Family Vineyards Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2015 

Newton Johnson Vineyards

Pinot Noir 2019

Windansea Pinot Noir 2019

Chardonnay 2019

Oak Valley Estate

South Ridge CY548 Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay Groenlandberg 2019

South Ridge CY95 Chardonnay 2017

Opstal Estate Carl Everson Cape Blend 2018

Paserene Marathon 2018

Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2019

Paulus Wine Co Bosberaad 2019

Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2013

Porseleinberg Porseleinberg 2018

Raats Family Wines

Cabernet Franc 2018

Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin 2019

The Fountain Terroir Specific Chenin 2019

Rall Wines

Ava Chenin Blanc 2019

White 2019

Grenache Blanc 2019

Ava Syrah 2019 

Restless River

Main Road & Dignity 2017

Ava Marie 2018

Reyneke Wines White 2018

Rickety Bridge Winery The Pilgrimage 2018

Ridgeback Viognier 2019

Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman 2017

Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

 1694 Classification 2017

Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Single Vineyard Syrah 2017

Rust en Vrede Estate Wine 2017               

Sadie Family Wines

Mev. Kirsten 2019

Skerpioen 2019

Kokerboom 2019

Skurfberg 2019 

Pofadder 2019  

Soldaat 2019

Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle 2018

Savage Wines

 Red 2018

Girl Next Door 2019

White 2019

Follow The Line 2019

Schultz Family Wines Dungeons Cabernet Sauvignon  2017

Scions of Sinai Swanesang 2019

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot 2017                

Sijnn Sijnn Red 2017

Silverthorn Wines The Green Man 2017

Simonsig Wine Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon The Garland 2015   

Mediterraneo 2015


Chenin Blanc 21 Gables 2019

Frans K. Smit Red 2015  

Frans K. Smit CWG Auction Selection 2017

Stark-Condé Oude Nektar High Altitude 2017


Old Bushvine Chenin Blanc 2019               

55 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2019

Storm Wines  

Vrede Pinot Noir 2019

Ignis Pinot Noir 2019

Strandveld Wines Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Super Single Vineyards Verlatenkloof Merlot 2017

Terracura Trinity Syrah 2017

The Fledge & Co Vagabond 2018

The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2019

The High Road Director’s Reserve 2017

Thelema Mountain Vineyards

 Merlot Reserve 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Rabelais 2017

Reserve Petit Verdot Sutherland 2017

Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2019

Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2019


Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017

Director’s Reserve Red 2017

Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Noble Late Harvest 2019

Van Loggerenberg

Kameradarie 2019

Graft 2019

Vergelegen Vergelegen GVB Red 2015 

Villiera Wines

Drip Barrel Cabernet Franc 2018                

The Clan 2017

Vondeling Babiana 2019

Wade Bales Wine Co 

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  

Breedekloof Chenin Blanc 2019 

Warwick Wine Estate

The Blue Lady 2017

Cabernet Franc 2017

The White Lady                 2017

Waterford Estate The Jem 2015

Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend 2017

Woolworths Ferricrete Riesling 2018

11 thoughts on “Platter 2021

  1. Hi Angela,

    Thank you for compiling this list and congrats to all the recipients. Some really surprising omissions for me:

    – Delaire Graff Banghoek blend
    – Kannonkop black label Pinotage
    – Miles Mossop Sam + Max
    – Sadie Treinspoor + Columella + Palladius
    – Shannon Black Merlot

  2. Finding it hard to understand how Miles Mossop’s Sam missed the boat, and Palladius from Sadie. Some surprising inclusions, but I guess if the publishers’ intentions are as rumoured, to set up an exclusive marketing channel to sell these 5-star wines at preferential prices, then the more 5-star wines the bigger the inventory will be.

  3. Only 6 Pinot Noirs from 3 producers. This does not reflect the quality of this grape currently being produced in the Cape.

  4. It is really very interesting in any case – and it remains exciting from year to year.

    I have been following the wines of South Africa since 1994, which was not so easy in the first years after the “opening” here from Germany. In the 2000s there was more access to the wines from the Cape and in the 2010s the selection grew steadily. And for about 3 or 4 years now we have been taking note of the difficulties in winegrowing in SA on the one hand and the marketing strategies on the other.

    Well, if we look at the influence of European wine guides in the last 25 years in the de facto operational market, and especially in the proactive participation in pricing, the question of independence has long been raised for all wine guides. A dramatic example is, for example, the Gambero Rosso in Italy, which has been using its power to exert far too much negative pressure on wineries for years. Against every journalistic rule, one must assume. Today, for the knowledgeable wine lover, it is nothing more than an inflationary winegrower’s address book for the next trip to Italy. And even this is something you can do without, with a smartphone these days.

    Where the Platter stands today is difficult to locate from a distance. The fact is that the few tasters and critics have so far only ever wanted to cheer and recommend the same 5 or 6 winemakers and promote sales. Unfortunately, this alone no longer reflects the broad innovations in South Africa.

    The fact that the Kleine Zalze Winery is being honored with 7 wines in the new Platter seems very “supportive” at first – even though I like the wines very much, especially because of the very good value for money!

    Sadie and De Trafford with 6 wines each and Alheit with 5 wines can also be seen as an indication that otherwise the book will not be filled enough for the international market. Possibly.

    It would be interesting to find out investigatively much more about how strongly the current marketing role is established at Platter Publishing today.

    With best regards from Germany, Berlin

    Michael Holzinger

      1. Dear Thomas,

        and I may return that this is an equally important hint too, for all those who would like to be informed more about wine – that’s really the cardinal question: Are good wines finally still available after evaluation and assessment by commissioned tasters? Or are the wine lovers only allowed to read up on how they are sold out in some markets only, but were able to achieve better or greater sales prices?

        Long time no more beautiful development. Unfortunately everything is more and more just a huge stage.

        My best greetings

        Michael Holzinger

      2. Thomas, please see my reply to Michael with regard to availability of wines. As unfortunate as it is that some are sold out (not for the producer though!), it is not an issue Platter can control.
        As I indicated to Michael, should you have further queries, please do let me know.

    1. Apologies for taking so long to respond to your comments, Michael. The guide of necessity changed once the Platters had sold it and the number of tasters had to increase to cope with the ever-burdening number of wines. Tasters have to be able to taste and write, which considerably narrows the pool, as does the requirement of independence, though we do all sign a declaration which includes conflicts of interest.
      I’m not entirely sure what you mean ‘about how strongly the current marketing role is established at Platter publishing’, but it would be wrong to imagine that the Sadie’s and Alheit’s of the industry are treated differently from anyone else. One should cheer that they are just two in the vanguard of making great wines and are rewarded accordingly.
      Availability of some of the wines will always be a problem; Eben Sadie releases the whole range end July/early August, the wines are sold out in two days (some, of course, allocated to international markets). It’s the same with Savage and some others. The recent drought years & small yields have exacerbated limited production.
      I hope this helps your understanding, but should you have further queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      1. Dear Angela,

        thank you very much for the comment.

        Well, all in all, the Platter is currently giving an orientation for what is happening in South African viticulture. I can only describe my experiences. As a former German importer of Italian wines and high-tax goods and as a later editor-in-chief in a business publishing house, I probably have a rather critical view of the forces that work around wine today.

        The wines of Alheit, Sadie and other boutique wineries are well known to me, so if you make an effort early enough, you can regularly buy a few bottles every year here in Germany. And yes I understand, with these artisan businesses the quantities are very limited. The problem of drought, one could read about it here as well, of course had massive effects especially for small wine specialists with small micro-locations.

        I follow the Old Vine project and the respectable commitment of Rosa Kruger intensively. Of course, such lighthouses are needed to bring the entire wine sector in SA further forward.

        Since the entire public relations work for all sectors has changed a lot due to the new media, there are now very strong relationships between communicators and producers. Everyone wants to stay in the boat. First row please.

        That’s why I recommend a general critical reading when using all wine guides today – because it’s always a business model, and that’s what comes first. Nevertheless, every year – at least for the most part – they give indications of trends, commitment and activities in the wine-producing countries. That’s why I, too, read the lists (carefully) every year. But never through pink glasses 🙂


        Paper is patient. So keep your eyes open when buying “by lists” of international relevant wine yearbooks. This has a greater influence on wine prices today than ever before, because the expenses and profits of a bizarrely grown advertising, printing and influencing industry have long been taken into calculation in wine.

        Which, by the way, is increasingly displeasing the international wine trade.
        Because this is now an additional value chain that (mostly) benefits neither the winemaker, nor the trade, nor the consumer.

        With best, always critical, but heartly and vinophile greetings

        Michael Holzinger

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