Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Platter 2015 Wine Guide launched at The Mount Nelson

How to top off a very good day? Follow a good tasting and lunch with the excitement of the Platter Wine Guide launch at the Mount Nelson. This year there were 50 five star wines and one five star Brandy and, following the well organised award ceremony, we had the opportunity of tasting all of these five star wines. It was very exciting indeed and we love seeing happy, beaming wine makers. Winery of the year was Swartland based Sadie Family Wines - the only winery to have three 5 star wines. White Wine of the year went to De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 and Red Wine of the Year to David Trafford for the De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012, his most affordable red. There was a very large crowd and some killer wines. But not all suit all palates, nor should they. Vive la difference!

Canapés with a glass of Graham Beck MCC
Mushroom vol au vents
Duck and also some with smoked salmon
Suné Eksteen with Journalist Cathy Marston
Journalist David Biggs with Gail Alswang looking glam
Fried prawns with sweet chilli sauce
Gerard Scholtz, presenter on DeKat TV, opens the Awards ceremony
Lee-Ann Shepherd, Head of Marketing at Diners Club
Dr Dave Swingler
Publisher JP Rossouw reveals the colour of this years guide and called it “Fermenting Beaujolais”
Richard Kershaw hugs his wife in anticipation. YES! He did get 5 stars for his Kershaw Clonal Selection Chardonnay 2013. In front of them, Kalinka Lombard of Wine Style
The previous publisher of Platter, Andrew McDowall with Glenda Pope
David and Nadia Sadie were awarded 5 stars for their Aristargos white blend
A very thrilled Wendy Appelbaum with winemaker Carl  van der Merwe receiving their award
Christopher Rawbone Viljoen of Oak Valley gets theirs
Eben Sadie with the first of three
To Richard Kershaw
And another to DeMorgenzon
who also won for White Wine of the year with their Reserve Chardonnay 2013
Red Wine of the Year to David Trafford for the De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012
Winery of the year went to Swartland based Sadie Family Wines - the only winery with three 5 star wines
Brad Paton of Buitenverwachting was awarded 5 stars for Hussey’s Vlei Sauvignon Blanc and Miles Mossop earned 5 stars for his own wine Saskia, both looking jubilant
The crush at the tasting table. Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick (5 stars for their Cabernet franc) with Sommelier Greg Mutambe of The Twelve Apostles Hotel
Norma and Greg
PRO Posy Hazel with a friend, and big man Bartho Eksteen who got 5 stars for his Diners Club Bartho Eksteen CWG Auction Reserve Vloekskoot 2013 Sauvignon blanc
Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon with his very pretty wife
Lynne with two lovely ladies who are wine fans and who were loving the evening
Posy Hazell with Sommelier Khuselo Mputa - Restaurant Manager at Grande Provence
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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