Platter's by Diners Club South African Wine Guide
Announces Pinnacle Awards for 2022 Edition –
Wineries and Wines of the Year
Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide has revealed the recipients of its sought-after and esteemed pinnacle awards – the Wineries and Wines of the Year – for the latest (2022) edition.
The announcement was made at the launch of the top-selling and collectible hardback guide, featuring a stunning new black-and-gold cover design and a refreshed corporate logo.
The new-look hardcover was introduced at a bespoke function in Stellenbosch on Friday 19 November 2021. The digital version of Platter’s, available on the apps for iOS/Apple and Android, and on the website, www.wineonaplatter.com, were launched earlier in the week.
This 42nd edition of South Africa’s favourite wine guide features well over 900 producers, merchants and brands, including 36 new ones, and over 8,000 locally produced wines, as well as brandies, husk spirits and sherry-style wines.
A highlight of any new edition is the trio of prestigious Winery of the Year awards, the highest accolades bestowed by Platter’s. The Top Performing Winery of the Year goes to the winery that achieves the most five star results after the annual final tasting round. This year the worthy recipient is Sadie Family Wines, with an unparalleled full house for the ten wines in their range. This is the stellar Swartland-based venture’s third time as Platter’s highest achiever.
The Editor’s Award Winery of the Year award recognises a winegrowing individual or team who, based on performance in the current edition as well as their track record, are ambassadors par excellence for South African wine. This year the award goes to Cape Winemakers Guild member Frans Smit and his colleagues at Spier, who have built what all agree is needed in South Africa: a larger-volume producer with quality at both the premium and the volume ends of the market.
The Newcomer Winery of the Year is awarded to the producer who debuts in Platter’s this year and achieves the highest scores. The well-deserved recipient of this distinction is Jolette Steyn’s The Vineyard Party, with a pair of sophisticated small-batch semillon wines, one of which achieved the guide’s maximum five-star rating.
Of the 5-star-awarded wines, the top performers within each category receive the coveted accolade, Wines of the Year. This time there are 28 category winning wines. They are:
Jordan Wine Estate Insiders Wine Club Private Collection 2019
Boekenhoutskloof Winery Stellenbosch 2019
Savage Wines Follow The Line 2020
ArtiSons The Phantom 2019
Shannon Vineyards The Shannon Black 2017
Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sutherland Reserve 2019
False Bay Vineyards The Last Of The First 2020
Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 777 2018
Boschkloof Wines Epilogue 2019
Sadie Family Wines Treinspoor 2020
Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Spier Frans K. Smit CWG Auction Selection 2018
Red Blends, with Pinotage
Beyerskloof Faith 2017
Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based
Sadie Family Wines Columella 2019
Red Blends, Other
Marianne Wine Estate Floréal 2018
Creation Wines The Art of Chardonnay 2020
Sadie Family Wines Mev. Kirsten 2020
Naudé Wines Langpad 2021
Rall Wines 2020
Buitenverwachting Hussey’s Vlei 2020
Anthonij Rupert Wyne Laing Groendruif 2020
White Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2020
White Blends, Other
Mullineux Old Vines White 2020
Méthode Cap Classique
Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2015
Dessert Wine, Fortified
Orange River Cellars Omstaan Wit Muskadel NV
Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2017
Noble Late Harvest
Boekenhoutskloof Winery 2018
Vin de Paille/Straw Wine
Savage Wines Not Tonight Josephine 2020
KWV Wines Cape Tawny NV
To view the list of Wines of the Year online, visit www.wineonaplatter.com/blog/news
Also noteworthy are 229 Highly Recommended wines, which narrowly missed five stars but are nonetheless extremely fine and collectable, earning a rating of 94 on the 100-point scale.
Philip van Zyl, acting managing director and editor of Platter’s, says: “The guide’s descriptions and ratings, compiled in association with a team of leading experts, make it easy to find the right wine for any occasion, while the good-value indicators highlight those bottlings which are especially budget friendly across all quality levels.
“Red and white wines showing potential for cellaring are flagged by means of the Cellar Worthy icon, while wines which tasters feel are particularly worthy of note, being interesting, attractive, unique, representative of an important trend or simply extraordinarily drinkable, are highlighted with the Hidden Gems icon.”
Platter’s 2022 also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country. Cellardoor tasting options are covered in detail, along with many winery amenities, attractions and activities, plus dining and accommodation in Cape Town and the winelands. GPS and What3Words coordinates, easy-to-use maps and quick look-up tables provide invaluable help for visitors planning their own wineland rambles, while listings of specialised wine tour operators offer a variety of alternatives for those who prefer a guided experience.
Fully updated notes on the major winegrowing regions, grape varieties, winemaking styles, winetasting terms, and the major wine competitions and awards, as well as listings of wine educators country-wide form part of a wide-ranging offering.
As always, the guide is prefaced by an insightful and thought-provoking overview of important developments and trends in South Africa and the wider wine world.
Platter’s 2022 hardcover is available from selected bookstores and retailers nationwide from the end of November 2021. The recommended retail price is R390.00 inclusive of VAT.
A subscription to the digital versions of the guide is available from www.wineonaplatter.com/products or the app stores:
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Note that a single subscription unlocks all digital versions.
- Published by: John Platter SA Wine Guide (Pty) Ltd
- Editor: Philip van Zyl (email@example.com)
- Recommended retail price: R390 incl VAT
- Pages: 720
- ISBN: 978-1-77630-596-4
- Tasters for 2022: Winnie Bowman, Greg de Bruyn, Tim James, Malu Lambert, Angela Lloyd, Cathy Marston, Fiona McDonald, Gregory Mutambe, Christine Rudman, Penelope Setti, Dave Swingler, Cathy van Zyl and Meryl Weaver.
- Website: www.wineonaplatter.com