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. That’s when I am not out at restaurants, food markets or in the kitchen trying out new recipes, ingredients and food & wine matching’s.
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.
Winery of the Year Sadie Family Wines White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Red Wine of the Year De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2013 Wines rated Five Stars: Méthode Cap Classique Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 Chardonnay DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013 Iona 2013 Richard Kershaw Elgin 2013 Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2012 Chenin Blanc Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 Fram 2013 Kaapzicht The 1947 2013 Grenache Blanc The Foundry 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei 2013 Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Academy CWG Auction Reserve Vloekskoot 2013 Reyneke Reserve White 2013 Semillon Vergelegen Reserve 2013 White Blends Constantia Uitsig Constantia 2012 David Aristargos 2013 DeMorgenzon Maestro 2013 Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2013 Miles Mossop Saskia 2012 Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2010 Sadie Family Wine Palladius 2012 Sadie Family Wines Die Ouwingerdreeks Skerpioen 2012 Cabernet Franc Warwick 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Groot Constantia 2012 Le Riche Reserve 2011 Nederburg II Centuries 2010 Oldenburg Vineyards 2011 Stark-Condé Three Pines 2012 Cinsaut Sadie Die Ouwingerdreeks Pofadder 2013 Petit Verdot Stellenbosch Vineyards Flagship 2010 Pinotage Flagstone Time Manner Place 2012 Kanonkop Black Label 2012 Pinot Noir Creation Reserve 2013 Crystallum Cuvée Cinema 2013 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2013 Sumaridge 2012 Red Blends Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2012 Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2012 Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2011 Thelema Rabelais 2010 Vilafonté Series C 2011 Shiraz Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012 Boschendal Cecil John Reserve 2012 De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2013 Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2012 Porseleinberg 2012 Sweet wine, Unfortified Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2013 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Straw Wine 2013 Sweet wine, Fortified Nuy White Muscadel 2013 Port-style Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve NV De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2012 Brandy KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select
Seems to be year of the blends, white blends the strongest category (very lucky to sit on this panel) with eight 5 star wines, red blends got five 5 stars same as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah but red blends the biggest category in 'highly recommended' by some distance followed by white blends, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet.
The Platter Guide 2015 will be on sale from mid-November priced at R195 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.
The tradition of secrecy and minor fanfare surrounding the colour continues with this year's colour announced as Beaujolais Ferment.