Platters by Diners Club is the ultimate honor bestowed upon the cream of the crop of South African wines. Their award ceremony, hosted in Cape Town in October attracted over 200 guests from various producers and estates all over South Africa.
A total of 85 wines made their way into the prestigious five star category this year, and with the large amount of wines that fell into the 4.5 range this year, a second round of blind tasting was conducted, with smaller panels of experienced external tasters. 600 wines were in the running, and making it through to the top 85 were considered to be only the best offered.
Three five star brandies and one husk spirit also found their way into the five star awards:
- Dalla Cia 10 Year Old Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Husk Spirit
- KWV 10 Year Old Vintage
- KWV Nexus
- Van Ryn 15 Year Fine Cask Reserve
It was Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines however who swept up, being once again named Winery of the Year which is the second time since 2014. They didn’t stop there and won the awards for Red Wine of the Year as well as Dessert Wine of the Year, solidifying their name as one of the most top ranking wine estates in Southern Africa. The Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013 outranked all red wines in the industry and topping the dessert charts was their Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV. The estate, headed by husband and wife team Andrea and Chris Mullineux, were joined by Analjit Singh, an Indian billionaire who fell in love with the tranquil and delicate lands of Franschoek and began investing in various farms in the region. The farm prides itself on the quality wines they produce and offer.
Other notable wins went to Warwick for the White Wine of the Year for their First Lady Chardonnay 2014 (its 2015, younger sister can be found here to purchase here), as well as Spier who scooped four five star awards and David and Nadia Sadie and Newton Jonson Family Vineyards who took home three each.
Seeing the five star ratings for the first time were the following farms:
Anura, Beeslaar, Bloemendal, Constantia Glen, Eenzaamheid, GlenWood, Guardian Peak, Keermont, La Couronne, Leeuwenkuil, Luddite, MVH Signature Wines, Savage Wines, Vondeling, Vuurberg and Waterkloof.