Plat­ter’s lat­est is sim­ply su­perb

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

THERE are sev­eral new names and fea­tures to re­port on with the launch of the 2014 edi­tion of Plat­ter’s South African Wines, not the least of which is the in­volve­ment of Din­ers’ Club of South Africa and the ap­point­ment of Jean-Pierre Ros­souw as publisher, ow­ing to An­drew McDowall’s re­tire­ment. For the first time in since 1997 the guide has in­cluded brandies, grap­pas and sher­rystyle wines, rat­ing them in its al­pha­bet­i­cal list­ing of producers and prod­ucts.

The new edi­tion stars a sub­stan­tial num­ber of fives­tar wines: 80, up from 62 last year. Plat­ter’s two Wines of the Year are Newton John­son Win­dansea pinot noir 2012 from the Up­per Hemel-enAarde val­ley, and DeMor­gen­zon Mae­stro White 2012, a Stel­len­bosch blend of chenin, rous­sanne, viog­nier and chardon­nay.

The Win­ery of the Year award was given to Mullineux Fam­ily Wines, a bou­tique Swart­land op­er­a­tion which has at­tracted 11 five-star rat­ings in its seven-year life­span .

The Su­perquaf­fer of the Year is Boland Kelder Five Cli­mates chenin blanc 2013. The print guide costs R169.95 and the web-based ver­sion can be found at www.wi­neon­aplat­

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