Announced: Platter's 5-star wines for 2020

The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 8 November 2019. Since its inception in 1980, Platter’s has offered information on most of the wineries and individual wines produced in South Africa, as well as useful information for learning about wine and travelling in the winelands. This makes it a book that appeals to wine experts as much as anyone wanting to uncover more about our country’s great wines, wine cellars and regions. In the 2020 edition, a total of 125 wines and one brandy achieved the coveted 5-star (95+ point) rating. 

Publisher of Platter’s by Diners Club, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, says: “Our warm congratulations to all! These represent the pinnacle of South Africa’s wines, as all were highly rated in the initial sighted review and then went into a second round of tasting where they were assessed against their peers. Since this second round was conducted blind (without sight of the label), the stringency of this model means that our 5-star wines truly proved themselves as being best-of-best.”

Platter’s 2020 5-Star WinesThe 5-star wines (95 points and higher) in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020 are:

Cabernet Franc
Anthonij Rupert 2013
De Trafford 2015
Raats 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon

Erika Obermeyer Erika O 2017
Kanonkop 2015/

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2017

Miles Mossop CWG Auction Reserve Maximilian 2014
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard 2016/
Wade Bales Regional Series Stellenbosch 2017

Cinsaut

Bosman Twyfeling 2017
Savage Follow the Line 2018

Grenache Noir
Sadie Soldaat 2018

Merlot
Shannon Mount Bullet 2016
Thelema Reserve 2016
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017
Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017
Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2018
Rall Ava Syrah 2018
Reyneke Biodynamic Reserve Red 2017
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2016
Savage Red 2017
Super Single Vineyards Mount Sutherland Continental Syrah 2016
Van Loggerenberg Graft 2018

Pinotage
Beeslaar 2017
Beyerskloof Diesel 2017
Diemersdal Reserve 2018
Flagstone Time Manner Place 2017
Kanonkop Black Label 2017

Pinot Noir
Crystallum Mabalel 2018
Storm Ignis 2018
Storm Ignis 2017

Shiraz/Syrah
Blackwater Cultellus Syrah 2017
Boekenhoutskloof CWG Auction Reserve Syrah 2017
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017
Cederberg Shiraz 2017
De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2017
Dorrance Syrah Cuvée Ameena 2017
Gabriëlskloof Syrah on Shale 2017
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017
Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017
Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017
Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2018
Rall Ava Syrah 2018
Reyneke Biodynamic Reserve Red 2017
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2016
Savage Red 2017
Super Single Vineyards Mount Sutherland Continental Syrah 2016
Van Loggerenberg Graft 2018

Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

De Trafford CWG Auction Reserve Perspective 2017
Glenelly Lady May 2014
Hidden Valley Hidden Gems 2016
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2016
Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2015
Van Biljon Cinq 2015
Vergelegen GVB 2014

Red blends, with Pinotage 
Beyerskloof Faith 2015
Kaapzicht Vision 2017

Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based
Erika Obermeyer Erika O Syrah-Grenache Noir-Cinsault 2018
Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2016
Saronsberg Full Circle 2017

Red Blends, Other
De Trafford Elevation 393 2013
Glenelly Reserve Red 2014
Rust en Vrede Estate 2016

Chardonnay
Capensis Silene 2017
Hamilton Russell 2018
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve 2018
Leeu Passant CWG Radicales Libres 2014
Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2017
Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2018
Restless River Ava Marie 2017
Rhebokskloof Sandstone Grove 2017
Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin 2018
Richard Kershaw GPS Series Lower Duivenhoks River 2018
Warwick The White Lady 2018

Chenin Blanc
AA Badenhorst Kelder Steen 2018
AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2018
Alheit Magnetic North 2018
ArtiSons The Mothership 2018
Axle 2018
Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2018
Botanica Mary Delany 2018
David & Nadia 2018
David & Nadia Hoë-Steen 2018
David & Nadia Plat’bos 2018
David & Nadia Skaliekop 2018
Gabriëlskloof Elodie 2018
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2018
Kruger Family Wines Old Vines 2018
Longridge Ou Steen Enkel Wingerd 2017
Metzer & Holfeld Montane 2018
Mount Abora Koggelbos 2017
Raats Eden High Density Single Vineyard 2018
Rall Ava 2018
Sadie Mev Kirsten 2018
Sadie Skurfberg 2018
Spier 21 Gables 2018
Stellenrust 54 Barrel Fermented 2018
Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2018
Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2018
Van Loggerenberg Kameradarie 2018

Grenache Blanc
KWV The Mentors 2017
The Foundry 2018

Sauvignon Blanc
Neil Ellis Amica 2018
Tokara Reserve 2018
Trizanne Signature Sondagskloof Blanc Fumé 2018

Semillon
Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2016
Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage 2017

Viognier
Ridgeback 2018

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux
Cape Point Isliedh 2018
Delaire Graff White Reserve 2017
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2017

White Blends, Other
B Vintners Harlem to Hope 2018
Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2017
Mullineux Old Vines 2018
Rall White 2018
Sadie Palladius 2017
Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2018
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2018

Méthode Cap Classique
Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Cuvée Brut Rosé 2011
Le Lude Agrafe 2013
Le Lude Vintage Magnum 2013
Pieter Ferreira Blanc de Blancs 2012
Saltare Blanc de Noirs Cuvée Camille NV

Natural Sweet
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015
Laibach 2019

Noble Late Harvest 
Buitenverwachting 1769 / 2017
Tokara 2017


Vin de Paille
Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2018
Mullineux Straw Wine 2018

Port-style
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2017
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2017
KWV Cape Tawny NV
Upland Cape Tawny 2014

Brandy
KWV 10 Year Old Vintage
KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select
KWV 15 Year Old Alambic
KWV 20 Year Old
KWV Nexus
KWV Centenary
Van Ryn 12 Year
Distillers Reserve
Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve
Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve

Husk Spirit
Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Celebration Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot


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