Title: Platter’s South African Wines 2013
Subtitle: The Guide to cellars, vineyards, winemakers, restaurants and accommodation
Editor: Philip van Zyl
Publisher: John Platter SA Wineguide (Pty) Ltd
33th edition, Hermanus, South Africa 2013
ISBN 9780987004611 (South Africa)
ISBN 9783941602779 / ISBN 978-3-941602-77-9 (Europe)
Hardcover, 11x20 cm, 600 pages, several map inserts, colour photos and tables
Platter’s South African Wines 2013 features well over 900 South African wine producers, merchants and brands, including 54 new ones, and over 7,300 locally produced wines. The guide’s wine descriptions and star ratings, compiled in association with a team of leading wine 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 and also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country.
Dining, accommodation and cellardoor tasting options are covered in detail, along with many winery amenities, attractions and activities. GPS 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 searching for 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 fine-wine stockists, wine shippers and wine educators country-wide complete the wide-ranging Platter’s 2013 offering. A highlight of any new edition is the 5 star line-up, the exceptional bottlings which emerge from a second round of tasting with the judges’ highest rating on the Platter’s scale of 0 to 5 stars.