John Platter’s 2012 edition ‘thinks out of the box’
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.wineonaplatter.com, 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.