John Plat­ter’s 2012 edi­tion ‘thinks out of the box’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFARE -

WHAT would South African winelovers do with­out their an­nual edi­tion of Plat­ter? Only when one tries to find in­for­ma­tion on the wines of other coun­tries do we re­alise how lucky we are to have a team ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing this com­pre­hen­sive and in­dis­pens­able ref­er­ence tool, year af­ter year.

The 2012 Plat­ter’s South African Wines lists more than 7 000 wines from over 900 pro­duc­ers, with com­ments on their qual­ity and value. In con­trast to pre­vi­ous years, just 58 new names were added, re­flect­ing cur­rent tough eco­nomic times.

The yel­low cover of the hard­back en­closes much more, as al­ways, cov­er­ing din­ing, ac­com­mo­da­tion and tast­ing op­tions in wine coun­try. The maps are easy to use and GPS co-or­di­nates are given. In­for­ma­tion on grape va­ri­eties, grow­ing re­gions, com­pe­ti­tions and awards have been up­dated. The theme of this edi­tion is Think­ing Out of the Box, and the di­rec­tory re­flects this, list­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who are in­no­va­tive in fields of tech­niques, tech­nol­ogy, wine­mak­ing, pack­ag­ing, tourism, con­ser­va­tion and more.

As al­ways, the list of Five Star wines was ea­gerly awaited. This year, 45 made the cut, while Cha­monix pinot noir Re­serve 2010 was cho­sen red wine of the year, and Bads­berg Bad­slese 2009 the white wine of 2012. Boeken­hout­skloof is the Win­ery of the Year.

The print ver­sion costs R160. Ac­cess the web-based ver­sion at www.wi­neon­aplat­, with the iphone App, in con­junc­tion with Wine-oh! Avail­able for down­load soon, and a ver­sion for Android smart­phones, a mobi site and an e-book to fol­low. Viva Plat­ter!

The win­ner of the first prize in the TGW/ Spier Give­away is Cather­ine Shaw, and run­ners-up are Bruce van der Mulen, Se­eff Hame­with, Sam Lilleike and Sylvia Del­port.

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