Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a useful overview of achievements – though as challengeable in its judgements as any guide to something as much a matter of taste as wine is. And for some, Platter is fatally […]

November 21, 2016
by Tim James
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Platter’s 2017

Major achievers in Platter’s 2017: White Wine of the Year: Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 Red Wine of the Year: The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2014 Sweet Wine of the Year: Mullineux & Leeu Straw Wine 2015 Winery of the Year: Nederburg Wines Wineries are assigned an individual taster […]

October 31, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On being a taster for Platter’s

I’m so used to people thinking that tasting wines for Platter’s’s can only be a drunken, hedonistic delight that I was greatly pleased the other day when someone asked if it didn’t sometimes become just a chore. The experience, in fact, while not always pure delight, is often exciting, invariably at least interesting. Though the […]

July 26, 2016
by Tim James
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Richard Kershaw Elgin Syrah 2013

There’s a song by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age called “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and the same might equally apply to the Elgin Syrah 2013 from Richard Kershaw Wines. From five different parcels featuring three different clones, fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 17 months in a combination of 228- […]

March 22, 2016
by Christian
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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015

While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]

February 9, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was among the 20 finalists in last year’s FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition and rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s so clearly it’s good kit. From Elim grapes, vinfication involved six hours of skin contact and five months of lees contact. The nose […]

January 8, 2016
by Christian
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Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2014

Recently departed from Constantia Uitsig after 16 years of service, viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau certainly went out with a bang, both his white blend and Semillon from the 2014 vintage being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2016. The white blend is not yet released, but the Semillon (R145 a bottle) is very fine indeed. […]

December 9, 2015
by Christian
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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

Every vintage since the maiden 2008 of the flagship Pinot Noir (originally labelled as “Domaine”, later “Family Vineyards”) from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Newton Johnson has rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. Would the difficult 2014 be the year to break this run? The answer, as we discovered with the launch of the 2016 edition of […]

November 30, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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