Platter's South African Wines 2012: The guide to cellars, vineyards, winemakers, restaurants and accommodation (February 29, 2012)
by Dean Tudor, www.deantudor.com
Platter's South African Wines 2012: The guide to cellars, vineyards,
winemakers, restaurants and accommodation (John Platter SA Wine Guide Ltd; distr. by Wines of South Africa Canadian Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 618 pages, ISBN 978-0-987-0046-0-4, $30CAD (includes
shipping) hard cover), is the recognized authority on South African wines. It
has been published for 32 years.
For this latest edition, there are now 15
tasters – all identified, and with initials after tasting notes. Some of the
tasters have changed over the years. More than 6000 wines are here evaluated
(about 800 are new to this edition), along with new wineries.
all top ranking 5 star wines are now being made by mom-and-pop operations, a
remarkable achievement. Even the large co-ops are making more credible,
limited collections of superior wine.
The contents of the guide are
straightforward: there are chapters on the wine industry, vintages and
styles, touring (accommodation and food, all in some 75 pages) followed by
some 500 pages of dictionary-arranged wineries, detailing most aspects. To
quote, "Wines are entered under the name of the private producer, estate,
co-operative winery or brand name of a merchant, and listed alphabetically.
Entries feature some or all of: producer's name, address, phone/fax number,
email address, website; wine name, colour and style, grape varieties,
vintage, area of origin; selected recent awards and star ratings. Where
applicable, other attractions to be enjoyed on the property, such as meals
and accommodation, are highlighted."
The book also has an indication of
organic wines available for sale and sketch maps to show the location of all
the wineries. The index at the front is by grape, so you can see at a glance
what is the top performing pinotage, or cabernet sauvignon, or sparkler.
Quality/price rating: 91.