Launched in Cape Town with over 200 guests in attendance, the Platter’s 2019 Wine Guide has not only recognised five star wines, but also the top scorers in each category as well as three wineries in the new pinnacle awards.

A total of 90 wines achieved Five Star status in the Platter’s 2019 wine guide. Publisher of Platters by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “All wines that scored 93 points 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. The stringency of this model means that our Five Star wines showed their consistent brilliance. Hearty congratulations to all!”

Winning the Newcomer Winery of the Year, an award that recognises the winery that records the best results as a first-time participant in the guide, is Erika Obermeyer Wines, with two Five Stars on debut. The Top Performing Winery of the Year award goes to Mullineux (pictured above), who achieved a remarkable four Five Stars plus a Wine of the Year. The Editors Award for 2019 goes to Newton Johnson Vineyards, as editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of this family venture’s consistently superb quality over a range of styles of wine.

Reflecting the highest scoring wines in each category, the 2019 Platter’s Wine Guide showcases 25 Wines of the Year. The five star wines from the 2019 Wine Guide are below, and the Wines of the Year are marked in each category as ‘highest scoring’.

Cabernet Franc

  • Raats 2016 – highest scoring
  • Raats Dolomite 2016
  • Van Loggerenberg Breton 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Bartinney Cabernet 2015
  • Erika Obermeyer Erika O 2015
  • Le Riche Reserve 2015 – highest scoring
  • Reyneke Reserve 2015
  • Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou 2016
  • Warwick The Blue Lady 2015

Grenache Noir

  • Sadie Soldaat 2017 – highest scoring

Merlot

  • Oldenburg 2015
  • Shannon The Shannon Black 2013 – highest scoring
  • Thelema Reserve 2015

Petit Verdot

  • Thelema Sutherland Reserve 2015 – highest scoring

Pinotage

  • Beeslaar 2016
  • Beyerskloof Diesel 2016
  • Kanonkop Black Label 2016 – highest scoring

Pinot Noir

  • Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma 2017 – highest scoring
  • Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2017

Shiraz/Syrah

  • Dorrance Syrah Cuvée Ameena 2016
  • Hartenberg CWG Auction Reserve Shiraz 2015
  • Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015 – highest scoring
  • Luddite Shiraz 2014
  • Mullineux Iron Syrah 2016
  • Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2016
  • Porseleinberg Syrah 2016
  • Rall Ava Syrah 2017
  • Rhebokskloof Black Marble Hill Syrah 2015
  • Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2015

Tinta Barocca

  • Elemental Bob Graveyard 2017 – highest scoring

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux

  • Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2014
  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015
  • Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2015
  • Plaisir de Merle Signature 2012 – highest scoring
  • Ridgeback Signature C 2016

Red Blends, with Pinotage

  • Beyerskloof Faith 2014 – highest scoring

Red Blends, with Shiraz/Syrah

  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2017
  • Erika Obermeyer Erika O Syrah-Grenache Noir-Cinsault 2016
  • Saronsberg Full Circle 2016 – highest scoring

Red Blends, Other

  • Ernie Els Proprietor’s Blend 2016 – highest scoring
  • Rust en Vrede Estate 2015
  • Waterford The Jem 2014

Chardonnay

  • Haskell Anvil 2017
  • Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2016 – highest scoring
  • Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2017
  • Restless River Ava Marie 2016
  • Warwick The White Lady 2017

Chenin Blanc

  • Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2017
  • Botanica Mary Delany 2017
  • Cederberg Five Generations 2016
  • City on a Hill Wine Company 2017
  • David & Nadia 2017
  • David & Nadia Hoë-Steen 2017
  • David & Nadia Skaliekop 2017
  • DeMorgenzon Reserve 2017
  • DeMorgenzon The Divas 2017 – highest scoring
  • Metzer Montane 2017
  • Rall Ava 2017
  • Sadie Skurfberg 2017
  • Savage Never Been Asked To Dance 2017
  • Spier 21 Gables 2017
  • Spier Farm House Organic 2016
  • Spioenkop Sarah Raal 2017
  • Stellenrust 53 Barrel Fermented 2017
  • Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2017

Sauvignon Blanc, Unwooded

  • Steenberg The Black Swan 2017 – highest scoring

Sauvignon Blanc, Wooded

  • Bartho Eksteen Houtskool 2017 – highest scoring

Semillon

  • Alheit La Colline 2017
  • Benguela Cove Catalina 2017
  • Rickety Bridge Road to Santiago 2016 – highest scoring

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux

  • Cape Point Isliedh 2017
  • Shannon Capall Bán 2015
  • Vergelegen GVB 2015 – highest scoring
  • Warwick Professor Black 2017

White Blends, Other

  • B Vintners Vine Exploration Co Harlem to Hope 2017
  • Lourens Lindi Carien 2017
  • Mullineux Old Vines 2017
  • Rall 2017
  • Sadie Palladius 2016
  • Savage 2017
  • Stark-Condé The Field Blend 2017
  • Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2017 – highest scoring

Méthode Cap Classique

  • Colmant Absolu Zero Dosage NV
  • Villiera Monro Brut 2012 – highest scoring
  • Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut 2012

Natural Sweet

  • Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2014 – highest scoring

Noble Late Harvest

  • Paul Cluver Riesling 2017 – highest scoring

Vin de Paille

  • Mullineux Straw Wine 2017 – highest scoring

Port-style

  • De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2016
  • Overgaauw Cape Vintage 1998 – highest scoring

Brandy/Husk Spirit

  • Boplaas Potstill 20 Years Reserve
  • Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Celebration 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
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