jamie goode's wine blog: South Africa: Platter 5 star wines 2010

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

South Africa: Platter 5 star wines 2010

These are the 41 wines that have received 5 stars in the 2010 Platter guide, which is the industry standard guide to South African wines. Comments are welcomed on these results:

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 CWG Auction Reserve 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



At 1:47 AM, Blogger RS4-YYZ said...

I'm very happy for Mullineux Family Wines for their inaugural release. Impressive company.

For the list, looks like a nice balance of stalwarts and newcomers.

At 1:54 AM, Blogger thor iverson said...

Very interesting. That Le Riche Reserve was my single favorite red of a trip last year.

At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Yes we are very pleased that our staw wine made the list.
Also our white was shortlisted ,which is not a bad return for a new winery in its very first year!!
Our syrah was not assessed as it need another year bottle age at least.

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

The Mullineux straw wine is fabulous - stands comparison with great French sweet Chenin.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

What is worthy of remark is that almost 10% (i.e. 4) of the 41 wines are own labels exclusive to Woolworths.

SA Woolworths is the equivalent of the UK Marks & Spencers, rather than the recently demised UK Woolworths chain.

Some fine buying by Woolies and I'll bet their shelves have already been stripped bare of those wines :)

(and since Jamie won't say it, congrats to Beyerskloof :)

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Paulo Coelho Vaz said...

What I cannot understand is how they can call to a fortified wine Port! Are they producing Champamgne as well?

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

No they cannot call their sparkling wine Champagne, they use the term Methode Cap Classique.

Regarding the use of the word Port, SA is in transition to phase this term out, but it hasn't helped that the EU haven't paid the promised amount to fund transition, or that the EU suddenly objected to terms such as Ruby and Tawny.

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a bit different to the champagne case too, Paulo, as SA has been producing port-style wines for decades, centuries even!

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Dan Coward said...

I tried the Newton Johnson Domaine Pinot in a line-up of top South African Pinots in April and was completely blown away by it. I am so pleased it has got this recognition, especially as this is their first ever vintage produced with their domaine Hemel-en-Aarde valley fruit. Others like the Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak also showed well and I think there can be real excitement in SA about some of the Pinots coming out at the moment.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Affieplaas said...

Dear Paulo, you've clearly never drank a top South African Port-style wine! Perhaps you're just a little ignorant or the Blueberry Port (sic) from the States might still be lodged in your gullet!

As Mr May (a well informed gent) mentioned the use of Port on SA fortifieds will be phases out by 2012 - although the SA wine industry and its Port Producer's are still waiting for the Euro 40 million owed. From then on top fortifieds in the true Port-style will be denoted by the wording Cape (as there is only one Cape of Good Hope in the entire planet!!) followed by the style (of which there are roughly 8 or so).

And just for the record Paulo (and nay sayers) - all three those Port's are made in traditional lagares using only Portuguese varietals (namely Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Souzao and Touriga Franca) and are matured in pipes similar to those in Portugal.

I have it on good authority, that there are only 1500 half bottles of the Boplaas 1997 Vintage Cape Tawny produced. And both Boplaas and De Kranz - located in Calitzdorp - are specialized Port producers, owned by Cape Wine Masters, with harvest experience in Portugal. These two estates also produce table wines using Portuguese varietals (both estates top blends 4 Star Platter have substantial amounts of Touriga Nacional)!

If you doubt the merits of Cape Ports (Port style wines) do come visit us here in sunny South Africa or ask the Symington's from Portugal their opinion on SA Ports!

Or perhaps dear Paulo, do your homework better and bash the Aussies or Yanks if you must.



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