Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Platter's 2012 Five Stars

Ammo for cork dork combat
1. One similarity with Veritas is the increase in awards for reds, but only one 5 star for KWV who stole the Veritas show with single biggest haul ever by a winery and last got a Platter fiver in 1986!
2. Does Vinimark own John Platter or visa versa?
3. Boekenhoutskloof, Mullineux Family Wines and Nederburg each got 3 x 5 stars.
4. Newton Johnson’s Domaine Pinot Noir 2010 is the third consecutive vintage to rate 5 Stars.
5. Some will be cheering that no Pinotage pulled off the high five.
6. Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010 is the fifth consecutive year to rate 5 stars.
7. Three wines do the double of 5 Stars in Platter’s and double gold at Veritas 2011, Graham Beck Chalkboard #3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Nederburg Eminence 2010 and Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
8.Spier, triumphant at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show could not muster a high five here.
9. At a total of 45 x 5 stars its 13 less than 2011 off 10 less nominations.
10.Grenache Blanc, this time KWV, gets another high five.
11.Like Veritas, Chard under-performed - only 2 x 5 stars and one is a CWG reserve from Jordan
12. Usual suspects missing - Kanonkop, Vergelegen, Cape Point, Hamilton Russel, Le Riche, Woolworths, De Trafford, Paul Cluver, Chamonix.
13.  Plenty of first-time five star recipients, including Badsberg Wine Cellar, Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne, Diemersfontein Wines, Glenelly Cellars, Miles Mossop Wines, Mont Destin and Oak Valley Wines, lets hope the latter's Sauvignon Blanc gets one soon.
14. Established producers returning to five-star form after a gap of several years are La Motte, which last bagged the maximum rating in the 1995 edition.
15.The best-performing category is Red Blends, with seven wines getting a fiver
16.Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz got 5 x 5 stars each but only 3 double golds for Sauv Blanc and 2 for Shiraz at Veritas (of course not everybody enters both).
17. Nederburg Ingenuity White 2010 is the fourth consecutive vintage to get high five.
18. Graham Becks other high five is for Pheasants Run Sauv Blanc 2011, Gold at Veritas.
19. Fable Jackal Bird, formerly Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, now owned by ex-Screaming Eagle MD, Charles Banks. Is this the most imperious bird to be found in Tulbagh?
20. Can Richard Rowe and his young team ever make KWV sexy?

The List

Méthode Cap Classique
Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV
Topiary Wines Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009

Sauvignon Blanc
Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Hermanuspietersfontein Sauvignon Blanc No 5 2010
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Steenberg Vineyards CWG Auction Reserve The Magus 2010
Strandveld Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Bordeaux-style White Blends
Flagstone CWG Auction Reserve Happy Hour 2009
Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2010

Chenin Blanc
Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2010
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc 2010
Vins d’Orrance Kama Chenin Blanc 2010

Mediterranean White Blends
Fable Jackal Bird 2010
Mullineux White Blend 2010
Nederburg Ingenuity White 2010

Grenache Blanc
KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

De Wetshof ‘The Site’ Chardonnay 2009
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Pinot Noir
Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2010
Newton Johnson Domaine Pinot Noir 2010
Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2009

Red Blends
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2010
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz-Viognier 2009
Sadie Columella 2009

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2009
Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2009
Mont Destin Destiny Shiraz 2007
Mullineux Syrah 2009
Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2007

Bordeaux-style Red Blends
De Toren Fusion V 2009
Glenelly Lady May 2009
Meerlust Rubicon 2007
Miles Mossop Wines Max 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon
Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Graham Beck Chalkboard Series #3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stark-Condé Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Franc
Warwick Cabernet Franc 2008

Port styles
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve port 2009

Natural Sweet
Badsberg Badslese 2009

Noble Late Harvest
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2008
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2010
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest 2010

Vin de Paille
Mullineux Straw Wine 2010

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