Some surprises – all the Platter’s results

Platter’s Wine Guide 2016 was launched in Cape Town this evening, 29 October, with plenty of interest and excitement about the revelation of the five-star wines. There was – there certainly should have been – some disagreeable surprise as well as pleasure at some of the results. For example, a mere one five-star award for two-times Winery of the year Sadie Family Wines (and in perhaps Sadie’s best vintage yet)?

And there are other somewhat surprising omissions and inclusions too. It must be remembered that these wines were chosen by teams of three people tasting through a large number of wines (over 70 shirazes in the one day was the largest group), without the tasters knowing anything more than vintage and style/variety. Every effort was made to make conditions for the tasters such as to have the result as plausible as possible, but this is essentially the same methodology as used by the big competitions (though with an important preselection: all the wines in the big blind tasting had been rated by individual tasters, sighted, at least 90/100, that is 4.5 stars). The methodology is bound to deliver much the same sort of level of plausibility as do the competitions (however you rate that plausibility).

There is, nearly everyone agrees, no perfect way of judging wines. The Platter’s team did their best, and these are the results. There is some welcome consistency, however, and I don’t think anyone in the world will raise an eyebrow at Mullineux becoming Winery of the year for the second time – with three brilliant Wines of the year.

(Please note my interest in the whole thing: I am a Platter’s taster and Associate editor.)

Winery of the year: Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Red wine of the year: Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013

White wine of the year: Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014

Dessert Wine of the year: Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Five stars

Cabernet franc

  • Chamonix 2013

Cabernet sauvignon

  • Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2012
  • Guardian Peak Lapa 2013
  • Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2012

Cinsaut

  • AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras 2014

Grenache noir

  • David & Nadia Sadie 2014

Pinotage

  • Beeslaar 2013
  • Rijk’s Reserve 2011
  • Spier 21 Gables 2013
  • Windmeul Reserve 2014

Pinot Noir

  • Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2013
  • Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014

Shiraz/syrah

  • Bellingham Basket Press Syrah 2013
  • Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2012
  • Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2013
  • Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013
  • Reyneke Syrah 2013
  • Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selections Syrah 2013

Red blends

  • AA Badenhorst Red 2013
  • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2013
  • Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2013
  • Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2012
  • Haskell IV 2010
  • Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2012
  • Luddite Saboteur 2012
  • Meerlust Rubicon 2010
  • Miles Mossop Max 2012
  • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013
  • Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2013
  • Nico van der Merwe Mas Nicolas Cape 2013
  • Savage Wines CWG Auction Reserve Follow the Line 2013
  • Spier CWG Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2011
  • The Winery of Good Hope Black Rock 2013
  • Vondeling Erica 2012
  • Vuurberg Reserve 2012

Chardonnay

  • Buitenverwachting 2014
  • Dorrance Cuvée Anaïs 2014
  • GlenWood Grand Duc 2013
  • Graham Beck Lonehill 2014
  • Haskell Anvil 2014
  • MVH Signature 2014
  • Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014
  • Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2014
  • Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2013
  • Sumaridge 2013
  • Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014

Chenin blanc

  • Botanica Mary Delany 2014
  • David & Nadia Sadie Hoë-Steen 2014
  • Eenzaamheid 2013
  • Kaapzicht The 1947 2014
  • Keermont Riverside 2014
  • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve 2014
  • Mullineux Granite 2014

Roussanne

  • Bellingham Whole Bunch 2015

Sauvignon blanc

  • Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2014
  • Nederburg The Young Airhawk 2014
  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof 2015
  • Spier 21 Gables 2014

Semillon

  • Constantia Uitsig 2014
  • Mullineux CWG Auction Reserve The Gris 2014

Viognier

  • The Foundry 2014

White blends

  • Bloemendal Kanonberg 2014
  • Cape Point CWG Auction Reserve White 2014
  • Constantia Glen Two 2014
  • Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2014
  • David & Nadia Sadie Aristargos 2014
  • Mullineux White Blend 2014
  • Newton Johnson Resonance 2014
  • Nitida Coronata Integration 2014
  • Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White Blend 2011
  • Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2014
  • Spier Creative Block 2 2014
  • Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2013

Méthode Cap Classique

  • Anura Brut 2011
  • Cederberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010

Dessert wine, unfortified

  • Miles Mossop Kika Noble Late Harvest 2014
  • Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2014
  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2011
  • Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Dessert Wine, Fortified

  • La Couronne Muscadel NV
  • Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2012

Port-style

  • Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2012
  • De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013

Brandy/husk spirit (only those marked * were rated this year)

  • Boplaas Potstill 20 Years
  • Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Husk Spirit*
  • KWV 10 Year Old Vintage*
  • KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select
  • KWV 15 Year Old Alambic
  • KWV 20 Year Old
  • KWV Nexus*
  • Oude Meester Souverein
  • Van Ryn 12 Year Distillers Reserve
  • Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve*
  • Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve
  • Van Ryn Au.Ra

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