Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Star shower in 2011 John Platter.

58 ja fifty eight 5 star wines in 2011 John Platter Guide (41 in 2010, 32 in '09). So 08 vintage not so bad after all or panel....oh and 2 MCCs! (Topiary & Villiera). First 5 star biodynamic wine from Reyneke! Klein Constantia received 3, Steenberg, Graham Beck, Kleine Zalze and De Krans all recieved 2 five stars.  All the rest got 'not paying attention' or 'try harder next year' or 'must repeat the year' merde impossible!

Johan Reyneke


Winery of the Year - Nederburg (and five, 5 star wines).
Red of the Year - De Trafford Shiraz 08
White of the Year - Fleur de Cap Noble Late Harvest Bergkelder Selection 09
Dream Debut - Botanica (HGV award)
Super Quaffer of the year - Nederburg Lyric (off dry!)


Greener than the 04?


 Five Stars
Cabernet Sauvignon
• Boekenhoutskloof 2008
• Delaire Graaf Reserve 2008
• Kanonkop 2007
• Klein Constantia 2008
• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007
• Le Riche CWG Auction Reserve 2007
Grenache
• Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection 2008
Pinot Noir
• Meerlust 2008
• Newton Johnson Domaine 2009
Pinotage
• Beyerskloof Diesel 2008
Shiraz
• Boschendal Cecil John Reserve 2008
• Eagles’ Nest 2008
• Haskell Pillars 2008 (hubby Louis also received for E.Els - very happy pilllow talk)
• Rijk’s Private Cellar 2005
• Saxenburg Select Limited Release 2006
Merlot
• Shannon Mount Bullet 2008 - this lone ranger 1st Merlot since 06 (or 03 Thelema Res)
Red Blends
• Ernie Els Signature 2007
• Graham Beck Ad Honorem 2007
• Hartenberg The Mackenzie Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2007
• Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2007
• Reyneke Reserve Red 2008 - 1st biodynamic to get 5 stars! lets see more next year.
• Spier Frans K. Smit 2006
• Vergelegen Red 2005

Nederburg's Razvan Macici and Tariro Masyiti need a smaller telescope now

Chardonnay
• Groot Constantia Gouverneurs 2009
• Julien Schaal 2009 (this winemaker from Alsace)
• Mulderbosch 2008
• Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2008
Chenin Blanc
• Botanica 2009 (Devon Valley from Clanwilliam fruit)
• StellenRust ‘45’ Barrel Fermented 2009
Grenache Blanc
• The Foundry 2009
Sauvignon Blanc
• Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run 2010 (only 2010 in the line-up)
• Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2009
• Klein Zalze Family Reserve 2009
• The Berrio 2009
• Zevenwacht 360o 2009

Klein  Constantia's Adam Mason (used to get 'must attend class')

White Blends
• Cape Point Isleidh 2009 (Sauv/ Sem Bdx blend)
• Hermanuspietersfontein Die Bartho 2009 (Bdx blend)
• Lammershoek Roulette Blanc 2009 (chen, chard, viogner)
• Nederburg Ingenuity White 2009 (8 varieties)
• Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay Private Bin D253 2009
• Rall White 2009 (chen, chard, viogner, verdelho)
• Sadie Family Palladius 2009 (08 white wine of the year)
• Steenberg Magna Carta 2009 (Bdx blend)
• Steenberg CWG Auction Reserve The Magus 2009
• Strandveld Adamastor 2009 (Bdx blend)
• Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2009
Methode Cap Classique
• Topiary Blanc de Blanc Brut 2008 (from chard)
• Villiera Monro Brut 2005
Dessert Wine, Unfortified
• Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2009
• Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2006
• Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2009
• Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 2009
Port
• Boplaas Family Cape Vintage Reserve 2008
• De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2008
• De Krans Cape Tawny NV
• JP Bredell Cape Vintage Reserve 2007

David and Rita Trafford with Platter ed Philip van Zyl (centre)


Trending
Boekenhoutskloof Cab - 3 years in a row (yiar)
Newton Johnson Pinot - 2nd yiar
Neil Ellis Grenache - 2nd yiar
BK Diesel - 2nd yiar
Haskell Pillars - 2nd yiar
Speir Frans K Smit - 2nd yiar
Isliedh - 2nd yiar
Ingenuity white - 3 yiar
Rall white - 2nd yiar
Berrio - 2nd yiar but not strictly as white blend in '10
Steeneberg - 2nd yiar also not strictly as prvs in WW livery
Fleur de Cap NLH - 2nd yiar
Boplaas and De Krans - 2nd yiar
Topiary and Villiera - first bubblies for at least 5 years
Only one 2010, wines aging better?

Newbies include Delaire Graff Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein, Julien Schaal, Lammershoek Winery, Reyneke Wines, Shannon Vineyards, StellenRust, Strandveld Wines, Topiary Wines and Zevenwacht, and one newcomer to the guide, Botanica Wines.



Jonathan Snashall

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