2012 Platter 5 Star Wines Released

Full results and comments from Cathy Marston.

by: Cathy Marston | 11 Oct 2011
John Platter 2012 results

The Platter Wine Guide 5 Star awards for 2012 are released today to coincide with the WOSA tasting in London. 45 wines have been awarded 5 stars (down from 58 last year) with the biggest category being red blends – a reverse of last year when white blends topped the list.

Biggest winners this year are Boekenhoutskloof with top honours going to three of their wines (Syrah 09, Cabernet Sauvignon 09 and NLH Semillon 08), Swartland winery Mullineux Family Wines who gain 5 stars for their entire top range (Syrah 2009, White Blend 2010 and Straw Wine 2010) and Nederburg (Edelkeur 2010, Eminence 2010 and Ingenuity White 2010). Nederburg were Winery of the Year last year, and depending on how well the likes of Wolftrap and Porcupine Ridge do in the Superquaffer section, my money would be on Boekenhoutskloof to take that title when it’s announced in November.

A few wines seem to be permanent fixtures in the 5 star stakes – Fleur du Cap NLH 2010 now into its fifth consecutive year and the two giants of the Port-world, De Krans and Boplaas also winning again – but there are some refreshing new names there as well. First time 5 Stars go to Mont Destin for their Destiny Shiraz, Colmant for their Brut Chardonnay and new winery Fable (formerly Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards, now owned by ex-Screaming Eagle MD, Charles Banks) for their Jackal Bird 2010, amongst others.

One winery which can’t put a foot wrong at the moment is the KWV and the well-deserved 5 Stars for their Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010, coming hot on the heels of being the most successful winery ever at the Veritas awards, must surely put paid to any suggestions that they cannot produce wines of the very highest quality. Interesting as well to see this very niche variety now producing a second 5 star wine in a row (following on from The Foundry last year).

Notable omissions? No gongs for Kanonkop or Vergelegen this year, nor for Cape Point, Hamilton Russell, Le Riche, Woolworths or De Trafford. And considering all the buzz around South African Chardonnay this year, it's a bit surprising/disappointing to only see 2 wines getting 5 stars. I'm sure wineries such as Paul Cluver and Chamonix must feel the same.

But on the flip side, it is good to see some first-timers from last year proving they aren’t just one-hit wonders with Newton Johnson Domaine Pinot Noir 2009 getting 5 stars for a third and Topiary Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 for a second time in a row. And a final, personal favourite – great to see a Cabernet Franc in the top ranks as well. Many congrats to all winners and I look forward to tasting them shortly.

For full media release, go to www.wineonaplatter.com

Platter 5 Star Wines for 2012.

Cabernet Franc
Warwick 2008

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

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

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2009
Fairview The Beacon 2008
Mont Destin Destiny 2007
Mullineux Family Syrah 2009
Saxenburg Select 2007

Red Blends
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2010
De Toren Fusion V 2009
• Glenelly Lady May 2009
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz-Viognier 2009
Meerlust Rubicon 2007
• Miles Mossop Max 2008
Sadie Family Columella 2009

De Wetshof The Site 2009
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve 2010

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

Grenache Blanc
KWV Mentors 2010

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

White Blends
• Fable Jackal Bird 2010
Flagstone CWG Auction Reserve Happy Hour 2009
• Mullineux White Blend 2010
Nederburg Ingenuity 2010
Tokara Director’s Reserve 2010

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

Natural Sweet
Badsberg Badslese 2009

Dessert Wine Unfortified

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2008
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010
• Mullineux Family Straw Wine 2010
Nederburg Edelkeur 2010
Nederburg Eminence 2010


Boplaas Family Cape Vintage Reserve 2009
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2009

What do you think of this list? Any wines you would have liked to have seen included? Any wines which you think don't deserve 5 stars? Tell us below.

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