Platter’s latest is simply superb
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.wineonaplatter.com