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Top 18 wines in Platter’s 2018 guide point to obsession with rankings

99/100 in PLATTER’S 2018 Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Platter’s Red Wine of the Year The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015 Platter’s White Wine of the Year Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2013 Platter’s Unfortified Dessert Wine of the Year Beaumont Starboard NV  (Port) Platter’s Fortified Dessert Wine of the Year 98/100 in PLATTER’S 2018 Cederberg Shiraz 2015

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Very few wines have shone in Platter’s SA Wine Guide year after year – only three have scored incredible 10 out of 10

A DIFFERENT TAKE on Platter’s absolute favourite wines in the current era… Following on from commentary about the 2015 edition of this South African wine guide that has just gone on sale and a look at the most prolific recipients of the book’s ultimate accolade in recent history (see here), it will interest some to hear that there are only

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Platter’s Top 10 SA wines over the past 10 years include four white blends, two reds, two desserts and two ports

PLATTER’S South African Wine Guide is not without its shortcomings, but after 35 years it still holds plenty of sway among those who are partial to the liquid pleasures of this country and give a damn about what’s in their glass. Published as it is towards the end of every year, it’s the last major assessment of SA wine quality and

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South Africa’s top red blend wine ratings in 2013 and the best SA red blends under R80 a bottle – experts’ choice

THE TOP SA red blends in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SA RED BLEND RATINGS IN 2013 AA Badenhorst Red 2010 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Anthonij Rupert Red 2007 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Ashton Kelder Roodewal 2011 – Gold Medal at Trophy Wine

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Breedekloof Chenin among 80 beauties that wowed team of tasters for 2014 edition of Platter’s SA Wine Guide

THERE ARE FEW surprises among the top-rated wines in Platter’s 2014 South African Wine Guide that goes onto the bookshelves this month. Most of the 5 Star laureates or their makers have good track records – the cellarmasters and/or winery owners are familiar faces at the various podiums, which is great for those who appreciate consistently high standards. And most of the

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South Africa’s top red blends in 2012 – experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT red blends, the best reviews of the year from around the world – and mostly premium-priced, with only seven under R100 a bottle (highlighted below), 38 ranging between R100 and R200pb, 26 between R200 and R300pb, eight between R300 and R400pb, and eight ranging between R450 and R725 per bottle: AA Badenhorst 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

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5 Star rating for brand new blend from top Cape cellar

YES THERE’S MORE to the quality and character of a wine than the winemaker; naturally the location and condition of the vines, the soil, the climate, the weather and everything else associated with the ‘terroir’ play important roles. However, what a difference the cellarmaster and his team can make! Of course there were exceptions, but before Gottfried Mocke took charge

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Elgin winelands might fulfill great expectations after all

THE COGNOSCENTI are curious about Spioenkop Wines for a number of reasons – not the least of which is the free-spirited nature of owner-cellarmaster Koen Roose. To meet this Belgian newcomer to the Elgin wine scene is to engage with somebody who’s obviously passionate about making seriously good, characterful wine on his hilltop in the Elgin valley – so passionate

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