Platter’s South African Wines 2009, by Philip van Zyl
Platter’s South African Wines 2009: Wines of the year - In the course of tasting and rating more than 6 000 wines for this edition, the members of ourteam individually identified a limited number of bottlings showing exceptional quality.
These were entered into a second round of tasting, open only to finished/bottled wines, available during the currency of the book. The short-listed wines were retasted 'blind' (without sight of the label) by an assembled panel, and those regarded as superlative in an SA context awarded the guide's highest grading - five stars. These stand-outs are listed below under the heading 'Five Stars'. The highest scoring five-star wines were subjected to a further evaluation to determine the overall top scorer. The wine which emerged from this stringent selection represents the pinnacle of SA winemaking and is the recipient of the guide's highest accolade: Wine of the Year. The wines which did not make the five-star selection, but which are extremely fine and collectible in their own right, are listed immediately below the Five Stars under the heading 'Highly Recommended'. Implicit in wines of this calibre is the potential to improve with further bottle-maturation - say 8-10 years, perhaps more, in the case of the reds and fortifieds, and around 6-8 years for the whites. (Proper storage is, of course, vital for sound maturation.) During the cycle of tasting, our team identified a number of bottlings, over and above the candidate five-stars, which show particular potential for cellaring. These ageworthy wines are listed separately under the heading 'Buy Now, Drink Later'. Also listed is a selection of entry-level wines offering exceptional drinkability at budget prices. The 'Superquaffer of the Year' provides the best overall value and quaffability in this category. There is, too, the prestigious 'super award', Winery of the Year, in recognition of a winegrowing team who, in the opinion of the editor, are ambassadors par excellence for South African wine. Further details about all releases listed in this section will be found under the names of the relevant producers in the A-Z directory. The five-star tasting is audited by PKF (Cpt) Inc. [...]
Content of Platter’s South African Wines 2009, by Philip van Zyl:
How to Use this Guide
Wines of the Year
Winery of the Year
Wine of the Year
Buy Now, Drink Later
Superquaffer of the Year
Exceptionally Drinkable & Well Priced
The Ratings Summarised
Top Performers 2007-8
Wine Industry Organisations
SA Wine Competitions, Challenges & Awards
Selected Wine Shops
Styles & Vintages
Recent Cape Vintages
SA Wine Styles
Wine & Food
Words & Phrases
Touring Wine Country
Wine Routes, Trusts & Associations
Winelands Tourism Offices
Specialist Wine Tours
Restaurants in the Winelands & Cape Town
Accommodation in the Winelands & Cape Town
Disabled Access in SA Wineries
A-Z of Cape Wines & Wineries
Photo Gallery: 'After Hours'
Examples from Platter’s South African Wines 2009, by Philip van Zyl:
Swartland • Est 1704 • Tasting 8 sales Mon-Fri 8.30-5 Sat 8.30-2; phone ahead on pub hols • Tours by appt • Family restaurant, function venue (firstname.lastname@example.org), play area for children 8 other amenities • Owner(s)/winemaker(s)/viticulturist(s) Danie Malan (Nov 1987) - 187ha (cab, shiraz 8 various port varieties) - 50 000cs 100% red - PO Box 23 Riebeek West 7306 • email@example.com - www.allesverloren.co.za • S 33° 21' 32.5" E 018° 52' 24.1" - T 022-461-2320 - F 022-461-2444.
Of all the stops on the Swartland wine route, Allesverloren is the oldest. Current custodian Danie Malan is the fifth generation to work the land on the Kasteelberg slopes between Riebeek-Kasteel and Riebeek West. Planted on slate and weathered sandstone soils are some venerable (43 years) vines used for the estate's signature port, along with (younger) shiraz, cab and Portuguese varieties tinta and touriga. The property's Pleasant Pheasant is a child-friendly eatery serving Kaapse kos (Cape food) around the fire in winter and under the oaks in summer.
(4 stars) Shiraz: Ripe aromas/flavours on tasty 07, with lily fragrance, red berries, wisps of smoke. Trademark Swtland tannins smoothly firm & graceful. Refined, fresh classic-style wine, uncluttered by oak (only 2nd/3rd fill) and ale (13.4%).
(4½ stars) Port: Light-stepping, fresh, fruity 05 in accessible LBV style (4 yrs oak; moderate tannic grip), but eld mature gd few yrs. Some delicious complexity now. From 3 tintas, souzao, pontac, touriga - malvasia rey too 118.4% ale, 105 g/l RS.
Cabernet Sauvignon (3½ stars): Elegant, unshowy 06 has spice, fruit & herbal edge. Properly dry, modest 13% ale, gd oak (30% new). Most appetising. 05 (4 stars) shade showier, ripe black fruit with gd grip.
Tinta Barocca (3 stars): Rather elegant, fresh 07 with light, bright red fruit; just enough tannic grip for interest. Partly oaked.
Touriga Nacional (3 stars): Restrainedly juicy, charmingly rustic 07; another fresh, dry & food-friendly Malan wine. 13.5% ale; only older oak.-TJ
This is an extract from the Guide: Platter’s South African Wines 2009, by Philip van Zyl.
Book title: Platter’s South African Wines 2009
Editor: Philip van Zyl
Publisher: John Platter SA Wineguide (Pty) Ltd
29th edition, Hermanus, South Africa 2009
ISBN: 978-0-95-845067-6 (Südafrika)
ISBN: 978-3-941602-05-2 (Deutschland)
Hardcover, 11x20 cm, 567 pages, several map inserts, colour photos and tables
van Zyl, Philip im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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