Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide has revealed the eagerly awaited and prestigious list of wines earning the maximum rating of five stars in the new 2022 edition.

The unveiling coincides with the launch of the guide on Platter’s digital platforms – the apps for iOS/Apple and Android, and the website (www.wineonaplatter.com). The best-selling and collectible hardcover version of the new edition will be introduced at a bespoke function in the winelands on Friday 19 November 2021.

 

Wines receiving the sought-after five-star rating in Platter’s must undergo a rigorous process of sighted and blind assessment (i.e. with and without sight of the label) by a team of experienced experts. Bottlings that are judged to be “Superlative, a South African classic” are given the highest ranking of five stars, equal to 95 points or better on the 100-point rating scale.

 

The 234 wines that achieve this distinction in the 2022 edition cover the full spectrum of winemaking styles and approaches across 28 different categories. Red and White Blends are the biggest classes, as in previous editions, with 46 and 27 individual labels respectively. Chenin Blanc, which has made remarkable strides in terms of quality in recent years, is the next-biggest category, with 27 exceptional wines.

Chardonnay performs particularly well this year, with 19 bottlings originating in a diverse range of sites. Another strong performer is Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15 wines, the overwhelming majority of which come from the Stellenbosch area.

 

Reflected in the five-star line-up are many of the key trends shaping South African wine today, such as the revival and reinterpretation of traditional varieties such as Cinsault and Colombard; red wines with lighter textures and lower alcohol; and the use of clay and concrete vessels as alternatives to oak for fermentation and/or ageing.

 

“Another relatively recent development, which partly accounts for the rising number of five-star wines, is ‘deconstruction’, where different clones of the same grape variety are bottled separately,” says Philip van Zyl, acting managing director and editor of Platter’s. “Sometimes not just different clones but also different sites within an estate are produced and released separately, to showcase the terroir. The Pinot Noir category is an example of this phenomenon, with a single producer releasing four wines from four clones and four sites, each with its own personality and nuance, and each worthy of a five-star rating.

 

“These are exciting times for South African wine as regards quality and diversity, and the ability of its wines to beguile, fascinate and satisfy wine-lovers and -collectors around the world. We are delighted and very proud of our five-star line-up and would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the producers on their stellar achievement.”

 

The five-star wines for 2022 are:

 

 

Cabernet Franc

Anthonij Rupert Wyne 2015

Holden Manz Wine Estate Reserve 2018

Jordan Wine Estate Insiders Wine Club Private Collection 2019

Mulderbosch Vineyards 2018

Raats Family Wines CWG Auction The Stella Nova 2017

Raats Family Wines 2019

Warwick Wine Estate 2018

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Boekenhoutskloof Winery Stellenbosch 2019

Boekenhoutskloof Winery Franschhoek 2019

Kanonkop Estate 2017

Le Riche Wines Reserve 2018

Leeu Passant 2019

Muratie Wine Estate Martin Melck 2017

Oldenburg Vineyards Per Se 2019

Plaisir 2018

Rust en Vrede Wine Estate Single Vineyard 2018

Simonsig Wine Estate The Garland 2017

Stark-Condé Wines Three Pines 2019

Tokara Reserve 2018

Vergelegen Wines V 2015

Wade Bales Wine Co Stellenbosch 2019

Warwick Wine Estate The Blue Lady 2018

 

Cinsault

Laarman Wines Focal Point 2019

Rall Wines 2020

Sadie Family Wines Pofadder 2020

Savage Wines Follow The Line 2020

 

Grenache Noir

ArtiSons The Phantom 2019

Momento Wines 2019

Sadie Family Wines Soldaat 2020

 

Merlot

Holden Manz Wine Estate Reserve 2018

Shannon Vineyards The Shannon Black 2017

 

Petit Verdot

Stellenbosch Vineyards 2015

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sutherland Reserve 2019

 

Pinotage

Bellevue Estate Stellenbosch 1953 Single Vineyard 2019

Beyerskloof Diesel 2019

Diemersdal Estate The Journal 2019

False Bay Vineyards The Last Of The First 2020

Francois van Niekerk Wines 2019

Kanonkop Estate Black Label 2019

Neil Ellis Wines Bottelary Hills 2019

 

Pinot Noir

Creation Wines The Art of Pinot Noir 2020

Creation Wines Reserve 2020

Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma 2020

Crystallum Mabalel 2020

Iona Vineyards Kloof 2018

Newton Johnson Vineyards Windansea 2020

Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 777 2018

Oak Valley Estate Fynbos Gorge PN 114 2018

Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 115 2018

Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 667 2018

Radford Dale Freedom 2020

Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin 2019

Storm Wines Ignis 2020

Storm Wines Vrede 2020

 

Shiraz/Syrah

Boekenhoutskloof Winery CWG Auction Syrah 2018

Boschkloof Wines Epilogue 2019

De Grendel Wines Elim Shiraz 2019

De Grendel Wines Op Die Berg Syrah 2019

De Trafford Wines Syrah 393 2019

Lomond Conebush Syrah 2018

Mullineux Granite Syrah 2019

Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2019

Patatsfontein Sons of Sugarland Syrah 2020

Rall Wines Ava Syrah 2020

Savage Wines Red 2019

Savage Wines CWG Auction Syrah 2019

Savage Wines Girl Next Door 2020

Super Single Vineyards Mount Sutherland Syrah 2018

Van Loggerenberg Wines Graft 2020

 

Tinta Barocca

Sadie Family Wines Treinspoor 2020

 

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Constantia Glen Five 2017

De Grendel Wines Rubáiyát 2018

De Trafford Wines The Drawing Board 2019

Ernie Els Wines Signature 2015

Glenelly Estate Lady May 2017

Glenelly Estate Lady May 2016

Grangehurst CWG Auction Au Revoir 2017

Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2018

Jordan Wine Estate CWG Auction Sophia 2018

Keet Wines First Verse 2018

Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2018

Plaisir Grand Plaisir 2016

Ridgeback Signature C 2018

Spier Frans K. Smit Red 2017

Spier Frans K. Smit CWG Auction Selection 2018

Super Single Vineyards The King & I 2015

Taaibosch Wines Crescendo 2018

Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2018

Van Biljon Wines Cinq 2017

Vergelegen Wines GVB Red 2016

 

Red Blends, with Pinotage

Beyerskloof Faith 2017

David & Nadia Elpidios 2019

KWV Wines Perold 2018

Opstal Estate Carl Everson Cape Blend 2019

Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based

AA Badenhorst Kalmoesfontein Red 2019

ArtiSons JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2018

Bartho Eksteen Groepsdruk 2019

De Grendel Wines Sir David Graaff First Baronet 2017

Ellerman House Hotel & Villas The Ellerman 2019

Erika Obermeyer Wines Erika O Syrah-Grenache Noir-Cinsault 2019

Radford Dale Black Rock 2019

Rust en Vrede Wine Estate 1694 Classification 2018

Sadie Family Wines Columella 2019

Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle 2019

Sijnn Red 2018

The Liberator God’s Own Country 2017

 

Red Blends, Other

Anysbos Tesame 2019

Blackwater Wine Sophie Cabernet Franc-Cinsaut 2020

De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 2015

Hogan Wines Divergent 2019

Leeu Passant Dry Red 2018

Lingen 2019

Marianne Wine Estate Floréal 2018

Naudé Wines Oupa Willem 2019

Rust en Vrede Wine Estate 2018

Waterkloof Circle of Life Red 2019

 

Chardonnay

Bartinney Private Cellar Hourglass 2019

Capensis Silene 2019

Creation Wines The Art of Chardonnay 2020

Creation Wines Reserve 2020

GlenWood Grand Duc 2019

Groot Constantia Estate 2019

Holden Manz Wine Estate Reserve 2019

Iona Vineyards Kloof 2019

Laarman Wines Focal Point 2019

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2019

Newton Johnson Vineyards CWG Sandford 2019

Oak Valley Estate Groenlandberg 2020

Restless River Ava Marie 2019

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Black Marble Hill 2019

Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin 2019

Rustenberg Wines Five Soldiers 2019

Storm Wines Vrede 2020

Trizanne Signature Wines Onderduivenshokrivier 2020

Warwick Wine Estate The White Lady 2020

 

Chenin Blanc

AA Badenhorst Family Wines Kelder Steen 2020

Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2020

Beaumont Family Wines Hope Marguerite 2020

David & Nadia Plat’bos 2020

David & Nadia Skaliekop 2020

DeMorgenzon The Divas 2020

JC Wickens Wines Swerwer 2020

Kaapzicht Wine Estate The 1947 2020

Kleine Zalze Wines Project Z 2019

Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve 2020

L’Avenir Vineyards Single Block 2020

Luddite Wines 2020

Mulderbosch Vineyards Block W 2020

Mullineux Granite 2020

Paulus Wine Co Bosberaad 2020

Raats Family Wines Eden 2020

Raats Family Wines Old Vine 2020

Raats Family Wines CWG Auction The Fountain 2020

Rall Wines Ava 2020

Sadie Family Wines Mev. Kirsten 2020

Sadie Family Wines Skurfberg 2020

Savage Wines Never Been Asked To Dance 2020

Spier 21 Gables 2020

Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2020

Stellenrust 56 Barrel Fermented 2020

Thistle & Weed Springdoring 2020

Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2020

 

Colombard

Naudé Wines Langpad 2021

Grenache Blanc

Rall Wines 2020

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Altima 2020

Buitenverwachting Hussey’s Vlei 2020

Cape Point Vineyards Reserve 2020

Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Wild Ferment 2020

Die Kat se Snor 2021

Diemersdal Estate The Journal 2020

Highlands Road Estate White Reserve 2018

Lomond Pincushion 2020

Lomond Ben Nevis 2020

Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Reserve White 2019

Rickety Bridge Winery Paulina’s Reserve 2020

Stellenbosch Vineyards Darling 2019

Tokara Reserve 2020

Trizanne Signature Wines Sondagskloof White 2020

 

Semillon

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Laing Groendruif 2020

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate Catalina 2019

De Kleine Wijn Koöp Debutant White 2020

Rickety Bridge Winery The Pilgrimage 2019

Sadie Family Wines Kokerboom 2020

The Vineyard Party Here Be Dragons 2018

Thorne & Daughters Wines Paper Kite 2020

Vergelegen Wines Reserve 2019

 

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2020

Constantia Glen Two 2020

Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Reserve White 2018

Savage Wines White 2020

Spier Frans K. Smit White 2019

Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2018

Trizanne Signature Wines Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Vergelegen Wines GVB White 2019

Wade Bales Wine Co Constantia Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2020

 

White Blends, Other

AA Badenhorst Family Wines Kalmoesfontein White 2019

Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2020

Beaumont family Wines New Baby 2020

Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards White 2019

Lemberg Wine Estate Lady 2020

Miles Mossop Wines Saskia 2019

Momento Wines Chenin Blanc-Verdelho 2020

Mullineux Old Vines White 2020

Olifantsberg Family Vineyards Blanc 2020

Rall Wines White 2020

Sadie Family Wines Palladius 2019

Sadie Family Wines ‘T Voetpad 2020

Sadie Family Wines Skerpioen 2020

Stark-Condé Wines The Field Blend 2020

The Ahrens Family The WhiteBlack 2019

Thistle & Weed Khakibos 2020

Thorne & Daughters Wines Rocking Horse 2020

Vuurberg White 2020

 

Méthode Cap Classique

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Brut Rosé 2016

Black Elephant Vintners Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs NV

Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne Absolu Zero Dosage NV

Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2015

Newstead Lund Family Vineyards Brut 2016

Pieter Ferreira Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2015

Silverthorn Wines CWG Auction Big Dog VII 2016

Spier Brut RD 2013

 

Dessert Wine, Fortified

Orange River Cellars Omstaan Wit Muskadel NV

 

Natural Sweet

Black Elephant Vintners The Honey Thief NV

Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2017

 

Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Winery 2018

Buitenverwachting 1769 2020

 

Vin de Paille/Straw Wine

De Trafford Wines Straw Wine 2018

Meerhof Wines Mooistrooi 2020

Savage Wines Not Tonight Josephine 2020

 

Port-style

Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve 2019

Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Reserve 2005

De Krans Wines Cape Vintage Reserve 2019

KWV Wines Cape Tawny NV

Sijnn 2019

 

Brandy

Boplaas Family Vineyards Potstill Reserve 20 Years

Boplaas Family Vineyards Potstill Reserve 12 Years

KWV Brandies Centenary

KWV Brandies Nexus

KWV Brandies 20 Year Old

KWV Brandies 15 Year Old Alambic

KWV Brandies 12 Year Old Barrel Select

KWV Brandies 10 Year Old Vintage

Tokara XO Potstill

Van Ryn 20 Year Old Potstill

Van Ryn 15 Year Old Potstill

Van Ryn 12 Year Old Potstill

 

Husk Spirit

Dalla Cia Wine & Spirit Company 10-Year-Old Celebration Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

 

 Congratulations to some of my favourite winemakers; what an exciting group of producers which have been recognised for their outstanding skills this year.

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