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Platter’s by Diners Club Launches the 2016 South African Wine Guide
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The Platter’ s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2016 was launched at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel on 29 October 2015 with over 200 guests in attendance, the VIPs including wine producers who had achieved the maximum five star rating in the new edition – reserved for wines that are “South African classics”.

The guide’s ultimate accolade, Winery of the Year, this year went to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The Swartland-based winery thereby became the first to scoop the award twice within a handful of years, having been named Platter’s Winery of the Year in 2014.

Even more remarkably, both the prestigious Red Wine of the Year and new Dessert Wine of the Year awards also went to Mullineux & Leeu, for their site-specific Iron Syrah 2013 and
debut solera-matured Olerasay Straw Wine NV respectively. To cap a stellar performance, the Mullineux team garnered three further five star ratings.
Stellenbosch family estate Warwick scooped the White Wine of the Year plaudit for The White Lady Chardonnay 2014.

A total of 83 five star wines, as well as three new five star brandies and one new five star husk spirit are featured in the 2016 guide. Publisher of Platter’ s, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “This year, all wines that were scored 4.5 stars or higher in the primary assessment went into a second round of tasting, conducted blind (without sight of the label) by small panels including experienced palates from outside the team.”

Emerging from this thorough review process with their first ever five star ratings were the following 16 producers: Anura, Beeslaar, Bloemendal, Constantia Glen, Eenzaamheid,
GlenWood, Guardian Peak, Keermont, La Couronne, Leeuwenkuil, Luddite, MVH Signature Wines, Savage Wines, Vondeling, Vuurberg and Waterkloof.

Also worthy of note are 4 five star awards for Spier, and 3 five star ratings each for David & Nadia Sadie and Newton Johnson Family Vineyards.

The five star wines for 2016 are:
Cabernet Franc
1. Chamonix 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon
1. Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2012
2. Guardian Peak Lapa 2013
3. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2012
Cinsaut
1. AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras 2014
Grenache Noir
1. David & Nadia Sadie 2014
Pinotage
1. Beeslaar 2013
2. Rijk's Reserve 2011
3. Spier 21 Gables 2013
4. Windmeul Reserve 2014
Pinot Noir
1. Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2013
2. Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014
Shiraz/Syrah
1. Bellingham Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2013
2. Eagles' Nest Shiraz 2012
3. Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2013
4. Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013
5. Reyneke Syrah 2013
6. Richard Kershaw Clonal Selections Elgin Syrah 2013
Red Blends
1. AA Badenhorst Red 2013
2. Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2013
3. Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2013
4. Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2012
5. Haskell IV 2010
6. Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2012
7. Luddite Saboteur 2012
8. Meerlust Rubicon 2010
9. Miles Mossop Max 2012
10. Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013
11. Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2013
12. Nico van der Merwe Mas Nicolas Cape 2013
13. Savage Wines CWG Auction Reserve Follow the Line 2013
14. Spier CWG Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2011
15. The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2013
16. Vondeling Erica 2012
17. Vuurberg Reserve 2012
Chardonnay
1. Buitenverwachting 2014
2. Dorrance Cuvée Anaïs 2014
3. GlenWood Grand Duc 2013
4. Graham Beck Lonehill 2014
5. Haskell Anvil 2014
6. MVH Signature 2014
7. Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014
8. Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2014
9. Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2013
10. Sumaridge 2013
11. Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014
Chenin Blanc
1. Botanica Mary Delany 2014
2. David & Nadia Sadie Hoë-Steen 2014
3. Eenzaamheid 2013
4. Kaapzicht The 1947 2014
5. Keermont Riverside 2014
6. Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve 2014
7. Mullineux Granite 2014
Roussanne
1. Bellingham Bernard Series Whole Bunch 2015
Sauvignon Blanc
1. Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2014
2. Nederburg The Young Airhawk 2014
3. Neil Ellis Groenekloof 2015
4. Spier 21 Gables 2014
Semillon
1. Constantia Uitsig 2014
2. Mullineux CWG Auction Reserve The Gris 2014
Viognier
1. The Foundry 2014
White Blends
1. Bloemendal Kanonberg 2014
2. Cape Point CWG Auction Reserve White 2014
3. Constantia Glen Two 2014
4. Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2014
5. David & Nadia Sadie Aristargos 2014
6. Mullineux White Blend 2014
7. Newton Johnson Resonance 2014
8. Nitida Coronata Integration 2014
9. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White Blend 2011
10. Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2014
11. Spier Creative Block 2 2014
12. Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2013
Méthode Cap Classique
1. Anura Brut 2011
2. Cederberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010
Dessert Wine, Unfortified
1. Miles Mossop Kika Noble Late Harvest 2014
2. Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2014
3. Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2011
4. Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV
Dessert Wine, Fortified
1. La Couronne Muscadel NV
2. Boplaas Heritage Reserve White Muscadel 2012
Port-Style
1. Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2012
2. De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013
Brandy/Husk Spirit
1. Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Husk Spirit
2. KWV 10 Year Old Vintage
3. KWV Nexus
4. Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve


Wines & Winery of the Year are:
White Wine of the Year
Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014
Dessert Wine of the Year
Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV
Red Wine of the Year
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013


Winery of the Year - Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines




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