Over The Barrel | The top Sout

Over The Barrel | The top South African red wines according to the 2015 Platter Guide

The 2015 edition of Platter’s Guide by Diners Club was launched at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel 28 October. Over 200 guests were eager to discover which wines achieved five star statuses, as well as to celebrate the white and red wine of the year and the wine estate taking the ultimate accolade as the Platter’s South African winery of the year for 2015.

Over The Barrel | The top Sout

The John Platter Guide has always been referred to as the “go to guide” for South African wines, but the 2015 edition seems to have come under a bit of scrutiny from wine critics and makers alike.

The main concern is that the initial tasting is not blind. Then, after the top wines are separated from the rest they are tasted blind to get a five star status.

Publisher of Platter’s, Jean-Pierre Rossouw told wine.co.za:

“Platter’s is different in that it is a wine guide – and not a competition per se. Our expert tasters initially assess the wines sighted, to assist learning as much as possible about the intent of the producer and the wine’s back-story, as well as vital details such as site and climate. But when it comes to the five star tasting, we shift to a blind tasting format as we are then comparing wines against each other within categories.”

So sighted first, then blind for the top ones. One of biggest producers of wine in South Africa, KWV, opposes this method so strongly that it has boycotted their wines from entering into the guide. They might not be the only one.

It also excludes restaurants and accommodation which featured in past editions which many feel has taken away the character of the guide.

Add to this the fact that Diners Club (owner of Platter’s Guide) Director Reg Lascaris has a vested interest in five star wine producer, Boekenhoutskloof, it does seem from this side of the Sahara that there might be some serious conflicts of interest here.

Be that as it may, the John Platter Guide is a South African stalwart and below is a breakdown of the winners followed by the top rated red wines, by varietal, from the 2015 edition.

eben-sadie-winesWinery of the year
Eben Sadie Family wines
(This is the 2nd time Eben has won the award. The first time being in 2010)

de_trafford_blueprint_shiraz_1Red wine of the year
De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

dem-cbWhite wine of the year
De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Red wines by varietal

warwick_cabernte_franc_2Cabernet Franc
Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc 2011

Groot-Constantia-Cabernet-Sauvignon-copy__1415865302_105.237.67.101Cabernet Sauvignon
Groot Constantia Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

Nederburg Wines II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Stark-Condé Wines Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Sadie Family Wines Pofadder 2013

Petit Verdot
Stellenbosch Vineyards Flagship Petit Verdot 2010

Flagstone Winery Time Manner Place Pinotage 2012

Kanonkop Estate Black Label Pinotage 2012

Pinot NoirPinot Noir
Creation Wines Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma Pinot Noir 2013
Newton Johnson Vineyards Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013

Sumaridge Wines Pinot Noir 2012

Boekenhoutskloof Winery Syrah 2012

Boschendal Wines Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2012

De Trafford Wines Blueprint Syrah 2012

Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2012

Porseleinberg Porseleinberg 2012

VilafonteRed Blends
Delaire Graff Estate Botmaskop 2012

Ernie Els Wines CWG Auction Reserve 2012

Hartenberg Estate The Mackenzie 2011

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Rabelais 2010

Vilafonté Series C 2011