Written by Jonathan Snashall
  

We offer winemaker-led wine tours for curious beginners through to wine anoraks, if you want to know for e.g. whether cork or screw cap is best, or how and why all reds go through malolactic fermentation – and taste some fantastic wines, I hope I can help you enjoy a memorable day among some of the most beautiful winelands of the world - and leave you to spread the Cape Wine gospel.

After a corporate career, I re-qualified as a winemaker and now consult, guide, blog, write and bath in wine. My immersion in wine includes winemaking in New Zealand, Italy and Spain and two years in London and Europe on the IMW’s Master of Wine programme after which – miracle of miracles – I actually took a break from tasting wines.

So, you want to go on a winemaker-led tour of the Cape winelands? We can visit the Grande Dames, the garagistes, the bohemian, the high-tech, the biodynamic, the ethical; the list goes on including tank and barrel tastings (bottles can be so small) or a informative walk through  vineyards of breathtaking beauty.

Or fancy exploring our world-class cuisine, we can go on picturesque picnics, visit county delis, chocolatiers, cheese and chacuterie makers, fine dining or leisurely lunches on dramatic mountain-top settings. And maybe end the day with a stroll through a winery art gallery to truly indulge all your senses.

Jonathan Snashall

 

 

 

Platter's Wine Guide 2016

The five star wines for 2016 are:

Cabernet Franc

  1. Chamonix 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2012
  2. Guardian Peak Lapa 2013
  3. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2012

Cinsaut

  1. AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras 2014

Grenache Noir

  1. David & Nadia Sadie 2014

Pinotage

  1. Beeslaar 2013
  2. Rijk's Reserve 2011
  3. Spier 21 Gables 2013
  4. Windmeul Reserve 2014

Pinot Noir

  1. Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2013
  2. Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014

Shiraz/Syrah

  1. Bellingham Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2013
  2. Eagles' Nest Shiraz 2012
  3. Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2013
  4. Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013
  5. Reyneke Syrah 2013
  6. Richard Kershaw Clonal Selections Elgin Syrah 2013

Red Blends

  1. AA Badenhorst Red 2013
  2. Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2013
  3. Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2013
  4. Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2012
  5. Haskell IV 2010
  6. Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2012
  7. Luddite Saboteur 2012
  8. Meerlust Rubicon 2010
  9. Miles Mossop Max 2012
  10. Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013
  11. Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2013
  12. Nico van der Merwe Mas Nicolas Cape 2013
  13. Savage Wines CWG Auction Reserve Follow the Line 2013
  14. Spier CWG Auction Reserve Frans K Smit 2011
  15. The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2013
  16. Vondeling Erica 2012
  17. Vuurberg Reserve 2012

Chardonnay

  1. Buitenverwachting 2014
  2. Dorrance Cuvée Anaïs 2014
  3. GlenWood Grand Duc 2013
  4. Graham Beck Lonehill 2014
  5. Haskell Anvil 2014
  6. MVH Signature 2014
  7. Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2014
  8. Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2014
  9. Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2013
  10. Sumaridge 2013
  11. Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014

Chenin Blanc

  1. Botanica Mary Delany 2014
  2. David & Nadia Sadie Hoë-Steen 2014
  3. Eenzaamheid 2013
  4. Kaapzicht The 1947 2014
  5. Keermont Riverside 2014
  6. Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve 2014
  7. Mullineux Granite 2014

Roussanne

  1. Bellingham Bernard Series Whole Bunch 2015

Sauvignon Blanc

  1. Cederberg David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2014
  2. Nederburg The Young Airhawk 2014
  3. Neil Ellis Groenekloof 2015
  4. Spier 21 Gables 2014

Semillon

  1. Constantia Uitsig 2014
  2. Mullineux CWG Auction Reserve The Gris 2014

Viognier

  1. The Foundry 2014

White Blends

  1. Bloemendal Kanonberg 2014
  2. Cape Point CWG Auction Reserve White 2014
  3. Constantia Glen Two 2014
  4. Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2014
  5. David & Nadia Sadie Aristargos 2014
  6. Mullineux White Blend 2014
  7. Newton Johnson Resonance 2014
  8. Nitida Coronata Integration 2014
  9. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White Blend 2011
  10. Sadie ‘T Voetpad 2014
  11. Spier Creative Block 2 2014
  12. Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2013

Méthode Cap Classique

  1. Anura Brut 2011
  2. Cederberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010

Dessert Wine, Unfortified

  1. Miles Mossop Kika Noble Late Harvest 2014
  2. Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2014
  3. Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet 2011
  4. Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Dessert Wine, Fortified

  1. La Couronne Muscadel NV
  2. Boplaas Heritage Reserve White Muscadel 2012

Port-Style

  1. Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2012
  2. De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013

Brandy/Husk Spirit

  1. Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Husk Spirit
  2. KWV 10 Year Old Vintage
  3. KWV Nexus
  4. Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve

Wines & Winery of the Year are:

White Wine of the Year

Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014

Dessert Wine of the Year

Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV

Red Wine of the Year

Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013

Winery of the Year

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

The Platter Guide 2016 will be on sale from mid-November priced at R215 and is also available online from Platter’s website (www.wineonaplatter.com). The web-based version of the guide is available at www.wineonaplatter.com.

 
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