Thursday, November 15, 2018

The 2019 Platter's South African Wine Guide launched

The 2019 Platter Wine Guide by Diners Club was released this week at the Table Bay Hotel. There is always great excitement in the wine trade when this occurs with producers hoping that a wine has been awarded 5 stars. We love going to the presentation; there is so much energy and joy in the room
Social media fundi Linda Potgieter and Platter editor Philip van Zyl
caught putting the final touches to the evening’s procedures
Koen Roose-Vandenbroucke of Spioenkop and Anne Wessels of Restless River
Wendy Appelbaum, a guest, Platter publisher JP Rossouw
The usual welcoming glass of Bubbles, this time Graham Beck Pinot noir Brut, served with a smile
Rose Jordaan of Bartinney, personality, Siobhan Thompson of WOSA
Wendy Appelbaum, Duncan Savage, Jax Lahoud
Bartho Eksteen (Wijnskool), David van Velden (Overgaauw), Duncan Savage
Kathy Marston in conversation with Bruwer Raats
Jeremy Hazell, Allan Mullins, Wendy Appelbaum
Jan and Cindy van Huyssteen
Platter publisher JP Rossouw gets the event started
Certificates lined up in anticipation
Wendy Appelbaum waiting in anticipation with her winemaker Carl van der Merwe
and three wine women, wine merchant Caroline Rillema, Lynne and PRO Posy Hazell, having fun
JP Rossouw keeps us on tenterhooks
Photographer Shawn Benjamin in attendance, as always, with his long lens
Here it is! The colour each year is kept secret until this moment. Publisher Jean-Pierre Rossouw holds up the new guide in its colour, called Amphora, a mutable peachy pink that seems to change colour according to the light in which you view it. The On Line version is also available for purchase.
The guide. There are some exciting changes and the winners of the 5 star accreditations were there to receive their certificates. Nine thousand wines were tasted for this year’s Platter guide. The ultimate Platter’s accolade, Winery of the Year, has expanded to become a trio of pinnacle awards, each saluting excellence in South African wine-making. The Newcomer Winery of the Year recognises the winery that records the best results as a first-time participant in the guide. This honour, so deserved, goes to Erika Obermeyer Wines, with two Five Stars on debut. The Top Performing Winery of the Year award goes to Mullineux, who are no strangers to Platter’s accolades, having twice previously been Winery of the Year. In the new guide they achieve a remarkable four Five Stars plus a Wine of the Year. Finally, the Editor’s Award for 2019 goes to Newton Johnson Vineyards, as editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of this family venture’s consistently superb quality over a range of styles of wine
Philip van Zyl, in a shirt of the same colour, prepares to announce the winners. Some of us got the hint!
Nathan Valentine of Villiera, who made Woolworths' Vintage Reserve Brut MCC and JP Rossouw
with Rebecca Constable and Allan Mullins of the Woolworths wine buying team
Jean Pierre Colmant Marina Synnott
Wendy Appelbaum, and Carl van der Merwe of De Morgenzon wines, delighted by their awards, which Carl kept secret from Wendy until the presentation. If you are invited to submit more bottles before these awards, it is a fair guess (but not a foregone conclusion) that you might have been awarded 5 stars. With Caroline Rillema watching another presentation
JP Rossouw & Erika Obermeyer with her Newcomer of the Year award
She was extremely happy. Since leaving Graham Beck she has had quite a struggle to make her wines,
and it is wonderful to see her hard work and talent rewarded
Chris & Andrea Mullineux get their award for the Top Performing Winery of the Year
Nadia & Gordon Newton Johnson receiving their Platter Editor's Award
Gordon said it had been a very hard year for them and the award was a great spirit lifter
We all then went into the Atlantic room to taste the 5 star wines, or as many as we could
Arranged on tables under their different classifications
This is the Bubbly, Brandy and dessert wines table
You help yourself
Some canap├ęs
Some made with beetroot
Happy winemakers having fun tasting each others' winning wines
That is what the evening is all about

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