Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide has revealed the recipients of its sought-after and esteemed pinnacle awards – the Wineries and Wines of the Year – for the latest (2022) edition.

The announcement was made at the launch of the top-selling and collectible hardback guide, featuring a stunning new black-and-gold cover design and a refreshed corporate logo.

The new-look hardcover was introduced at a bespoke function in Stellenbosch on Friday 19 November 2021. The digital version of Platter’s, available on the apps for iOS/Apple and Android, and on the website, www.wineonaplatter.com, were launched earlier in the week.

This 42nd edition of South Africa’s favourite wine guide features well over 900 producers, merchants and brands, including 36 new ones, and over 8,000 locally produced wines, as well as brandies, husk spirits and sherry-style wines.

PLATTER’S 2022 WINERY OF THE YEAR AWARDS

A highlight of any new edition is the trio of prestigious Winery of the Year awards, the highest accolades bestowed by Platter’s. The Top Performing Winery of the Year goes to the winery that achieves the most five star results after the annual final tasting round. This year the worthy recipient is Sadie Family Wines, with an unparalleled full house for the ten wines in their range. This is the stellar Swartland-based venture’s third time as Platter’s highest achiever.

PLATTER’S TOP PERFORMING WINERY OF THE YEAR 2022 –
SADIE FAMILY WINES
Left to right: Nelisa Zulu (Head of Card and Payments for Standard Bank South Africa), Paul Jordaan (Sadie Family Wines Winemaker), Esh Naidoo (Managing Director of Diners Club South Africa)

The Newcomer Winery of the Year is awarded to the producer who debuts in Platter’s this year and achieves the highest scores. The well-deserved recipient of this distinction is Jolette Steyn’s The Vineyard Party, with a pair of sophisticated small-batch semillon wines, one of which achieved the guide’s maximum five-star rating.

PLATTER’S NEWCOMER WINERY OF THE YEAR 2022 –
THE VINEYARD PARTY
Left to right: Nelisa Zulu (Head of Card and Payments for Standard Bank South Africa), Jolette Steyn (The Vineyard Party), Esh Naidoo (Managing Director of Diners Club South Africa)

Platter’s Editor’s Award – Winery of the Year is Spier.
This year the award goes to Cape Winemakers Guild member Frans Smit and his colleagues at Spier for ‘Consistency, Top Echelon and a Great Ambassador for South African Wines at Volume.’ Spier has built what all agree is needed in South Africa: a larger-volume producer with quality at both the premium and the volume ends of the market.

PLATTER’S EDITOR’S AWARD WINERY OF THE YEAR 2022 – SPIER
Left to right: Nelisa Zulu (Head of Card and Payments for Standard Bank South Africa), Frans Smit (Spier Cellar Master), Esh Naidoo (Managing Director of Diners Club South Africa)

Of the 5-star-awarded wines, the top performers within each category receive the coveted accolade, Wines of the Year. This time there are 28 category winning wines. They are:

Cabernet Franc

Jordan Wine Estate Insiders Wine Club Private Collection 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon

Boekenhoutskloof Winery Stellenbosch 2019

Cinsault

Savage Wines Follow The Line 2020

Grenache Noir

ArtiSons The Phantom 2019

Merlot

Shannon Vineyards The Shannon Black 2017

Petit Verdot

Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sutherland Reserve 2019

Pinotage

False Bay Vineyards The Last Of The First 2020

Pinot Noir

Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 777 2018 

Shiraz/Syrah

Boschkloof Wines Epilogue 2019

Tinta Barocca

Sadie Family Wines Treinspoor 2020

Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Spier Frans K. Smit CWG Auction Selection 2018

Red Blends, with Pinotage

Beyerskloof Faith 2017

Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based

Sadie Family Wines Columella 2019

Red Blends, Other

Marianne Wine Estate Floréal 2018

Chardonnay

Creation Wines The Art of Chardonnay 2020

Chenin Blanc

Sadie Family Wines Mev. Kirsten 2020

Colombard

Naudé Wines Langpad 2021

Grenache Blanc

Rall Wines 2020

Sauvignon Blanc

Buitenverwachting Hussey’s Vlei 2020

Semillon

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Laing Groendruif 2020

White Blends, Cape Bordeaux

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2020

White Blends, Other

Mullineux Old Vines White 2020

Méthode Cap Classique

Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2015 

Dessert Wine, Fortified

Orange River Cellars Omstaan Wit Muskadel NV

Natural Sweet

Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2017

Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Winery 2018

Vin de Paille/Straw Wine

Savage Wines Not Tonight Josephine 2020

Port-style

KWV Wines Cape Tawny NV

 

To view the list of Wines of the Year online, visit www.wineonaplatter.com/blog/news

Also noteworthy are 229 Highly Recommended wines, which narrowly missed five stars but are nonetheless extremely fine and collectable, earning a rating of 94 on the 100-point scale.

Philip van Zyl, acting managing director and editor of Platter’s, says: “The guide’s descriptions and ratings, compiled in association with a team of leading experts, make it easy to find the right wine for any occasion, while the good-value indicators highlight those bottlings which are especially budget friendly across all quality levels.

“Red and white wines showing potential for cellaring are flagged by means of the Cellar Worthy icon, while wines which tasters feel are particularly worthy of note, being interesting, attractive, unique, representative of an important trend or simply extraordinarily drinkable, are highlighted with the Hidden Gems icon.”

Platter’s 2022 also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country. Cellardoor tasting options are covered in detail, along with many winery amenities, attractions and activities, plus dining and accommodation in Cape Town and the winelands. GPS and What3Words coordinates, easy-to-use maps and quick look-up tables provide invaluable help for visitors planning their own wineland rambles, while listings of specialised wine tour operators offer a variety of alternatives for those who prefer a guided experience. 

Fully updated notes on the major winegrowing regions, grape varieties, winemaking styles, winetasting terms, and the major wine competitions and awards, as well as listings of wine educators country-wide form part of a wide-ranging offering.

As always, the guide is prefaced by an insightful and thought-provoking overview of important developments and trends in South Africa and the wider wine world.

Platter’s 2022 hardcover is available from selected bookstores and retailers nationwide from the end of November 2021. The recommended retail price is R390.00 inclusive of VAT. 

A subscription to the digital versions of the guide is available from www.wineonaplatter.com/products or the app stores:

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Note that a single subscription unlocks all digital versions.

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