Platter’s and Winemag announce SA’s top performers

Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide has revealed the list of wines earning the maximum rating of five stars in the new 2022 edition. At the same time, Winemag.co.za revealed the Prescient Top 20 Wines SA 2021 and Winery of the Year.

Wines receiving the sought-after five-star rating in Platter’s must undergo a rigorous process of sighted and blind assessment (i.e. with and without sight of the label) by a team of experienced experts. Bottlings that are judged to be “Superlative, a South African classic” are given the highest ranking of five stars, equal to 95 points or better on the 100-point rating scale.

The 234 wines that achieve this distinction in the 2022 edition cover the full spectrum of winemaking styles and approaches across 28 different categories. Red and White Blends are the biggest classes, as in previous editions, with 46 and 27 individual labels respectively. Chenin Blanc, which has made remarkable strides in terms of quality in recent years, is the next-biggest category, with 27 exceptional wines.

Chardonnay performs particularly well this year, with 19 bottlings originating in a diverse range of sites. Another strong performer is Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15 wines, the overwhelming majority of which come from the Stellenbosch area.

Reflected in the five-star line-up are many of the key trends shaping South African wine today, such as the revival and reinterpretation of traditional varieties such as Cinsault and Colombard; red wines with lighter textures and lower alcohol; and the use of clay and concrete vessels as alternatives to oak for fermentation and/or ageing.

To view the list of 5-star wines, visit www.wineonaplatter.com/blog/news.

For the tasting notes on the five-star wines, as well as the reviews and ratings for the other wines featured in the 2022 edition, go to www.wineonaplatter.com/products and purchase a digital subscription, then download the app from one of these stores:

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or go to www.wineonaplatter.com/login to use the web-based guide.

And not to be outdone, Winemag.co.za revealed the Prescient Top 20 Wines SA 2021 and Winery of the Year.

WHITES

  • CAP CLASSIQUE: Miss Molly Blanc de Blancs 2015 (94-points)
  • CAPE WHITE BLEND:  The Tea Leaf 2020 (94-points)
  • CHARDONNAY:  Constantia Uitsig Reserve 2020 (94-points)
  • CHENIN BLANC:  Cavalli Filly 2020 (96-points)
  • NICHE WHITE: Vergelegen Reserve Semillon 2019 (93-points)
  • SAUVIGNON BLANC- UNWOODED: Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (95-points)
  • SAUVIGNON BLANC- WOODED: Carmen Stevens Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (94-points)
  • SAUVIGNON BLANC- SEMILLON BLEND: Wade Bales Regional Series Constantia White 2019 (96-points)

REDS

  • CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (94-points)
  • CAPE BORDEAUX RED BLEND: DeMorgenzon Maestro Red 2017 (96-points)
  • MERLOT:  De Grendel Merlot 2019 (92-points)
  • NICHE RED: Zorgvliet Petit Verdot 2018 (94-points)
  • PINOT NOIR: Bosman Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2020 (94-points)
  • PINOTAGE: Môreson The Widow Maker 2019 (94-points)
  • SHIRAZ: Zandvliet Hill of Enon 2019 (95-points)
  • SIGNATURE RED BLEND: Mary le Bow Red 2018 (94-points)

SWEET WINE & FORTIFIEDS

  • MUSCADEL: De Krans Muscat Blanc 2020 (93-points)
  • NOBEL LATE HARVEST: Boschendal Vin D’Or 2018 (92-points)
  • PORT: Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 (96-points)
  • STRAW WINE: Villa Esposto Muscat D’Alexandrie 2019 (92-points)

Best white wine overall, best red wine overall and the Winery of the Year award:

  • BEST WHITE OVERALL: Cavalli Filly 2020 (96-points)
  • BEST RED OVERALL: DeMorgenzon Maestro Red 2017 (96-points)
  • WINERY OF THE YEAR: Vergelegen

This year, almost 1000 wines were tasted blind by a three-person panel from the Winemag judges and scored on the 100-point quality scale.

For greater insight into the winning wines, download the following: Prescient Top 20 Wine South Africa 2021

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