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Posted: Tuesday, November 24 2009. 14:27

Record 5-star wines for 2010 Platter’s Guide

Echoing the stellar 2009 grape harvest, Platter’s South African Wine Guide, the country’s leading wine annual, has produced a bumper crop iof a record 41 five-star wine, following a blind tasting by the assembled Platter’s tasting team of potential five-star wines for the 2010 edition, nominated by individual members during their sampling  over the past two months, informs our avid reader Chris Pohl.

The guide strives to taste, rate and describe as many as possible South African-made wines available locally and overseas during the currency of the particular edition. For the 2010 book, nearly 6 000 individual wines are featured. Responsible for this mammoth task is an experienced team, supported by an equally large back-room staff, who graded the wines according to the guide's five-star scale, ranging from zero ('Somewhat less than ordinary') to five stars ('Superlative. A Cape classic').

In the course of this year's evaluations, a record 105 candidate five-stars were identified, across a variety of categories, including reds and whites, dessert wines and port styles. Only bottled wines, available during the currency of the guide, were considered.

The names of the makers of the balance of the five-star contenders will be unveiled with the book launch this month, and to those who produced the two Wines of the Year-red and white. Analysing the results of the 2010 five-star wines, publisher of the guide Mr. McDowall said: ‘The best-performing categories this year were that of Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux-style Red Blends, with five wines in each. Four categories offered up four five-star wines each – Bordeaux-Style White Blends, White Blends, Shiraz and Unfortified Dessert Wines – while the Port-Style category has three five-stars. Of the white categories, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay yielded one and three five-stars respectively, while Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blends offered two apiece, and Grenache and Pinotage one each.

‘There are several producers who featured more than once in the line-up this year: Boplaas Family Vineyards, Cape Point Vineyards, Distell – with five-stars for wines from its Fleur du Cap and Nederburg brands, and Sadie Family Wines. In addition to its five-stars in the Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux-Style Red Blends categories, retail chain Woolworths notched up two further five-stars, giving a total of four.

‘Heartiest congratulations must go to the two wines that were voted Wine of the Year by the judges: Palladius 2008 from Sadie Family Wines, our White Wine of the Year, and the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005 from Le Riche Wines, the year’s top red. Both Eben Sadie and Etienne le Riche are much admired, locally and abroad, for their commitment and passion, and we are delighted to recognise them and their teams in this manner,’ said McDowall.

Here are the results that should be useful for importers and the F & B personnel interested in the South African wines, some of which are already in India and others might be making efforts to be a part of the growing Indian market..

White Wine of the Year

  • Sadie Family Palladius 2008

Red Wine of the Year

  • Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005

Sauvignon Blanc

  • Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered 2009
  • Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2009
  • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008
  • Woolworths Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release 2009
  • Cape Point Vineyards CWG Auction Reserve Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2008

White blends – Bordeaux style

  • Woolworths Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Reserve 2009
  • Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2008
  • The Berrio Wines Weather Girl 2008
  • Vergelegen White 2008

Chenin Blanc

  • Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2008

White Blends

  • Nederburg Ingenuity White 2008
  • Rall 2008
  • Sadie Family Palladius 2008
  • Woolworths Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Spectrum White Limited Release 2008


  • Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008
  • Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2008
  • Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2008

Pinot Noir
·  Newton Johnson Domaine Pinot Noir 2008
·  Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir 2008


  • Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Grenache 2007


  • Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2007

Red Blends

  • Sadie Family Columella 2007
  • Spier Frans K. Smit 2005


  • Dunstone Shiraz 2008
  • Haskell Vineyards Pillars Shiraz 2007
  • Rustenberg Stellenbosch Syrah 2007
  • Saxenburg Shiraz Select Limited Release 2005

Red Blends – Bordeaux Style

  • De Trafford Perspective 2006
  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2006
  • Morgenster Estate Morgenster 2006
  • Stony Brook Ghost Gum 2006
  • Woolworths Jordan Cobblers Hill Classic 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
  • Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005


  • Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2007
  • De Krans Cape Tawny Port NV
  • Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997

Unfortified Dessert Wine

  • Buitenverwachting 1769 2007
  • Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008
  • Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2008
  • Mullineux Family Straw Wine 2008

Chris Pohl

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Chris Pohl Says:

Dear Subhash, thanks for putting this in and for the free punn! Siyabonga! Chris

Posted @ November 26, 2009 11:36


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