Five Star wines announced for Platter 2009

Date November 14, 2008

The 2009 edition of the John Platter Wine Guide was released yesterday and more importantly - the 5 Star wines for the 2009 edition were announced.

There were a record 33 wines who received the accolade - so lets take a look at the winners:

Wine of the Year

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Winery of the Year


Chenin Blanc

Ken Forrester The FMC 2006


Ataraxia 2007
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve 2006
Uva Mira Single Vineyard 2007

Sauvignon Blanc

Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2007


Constantia Uitsig 2007

White Blends

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2007
Nederburg Ingenuity White 2007
Sterhuis Astra White 2006
Tokara White 2007

Pinot Noir

Meerlust 2004

Cabernet Franc

Buitenverwachting 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon

Boekenhoutskloof Winery 2006
Kanonkop 2004
Thelema The Mint 2006


Simonsig Redhill 2006

Red Blends

De Toren Fusion V 2006
De Trafford CWG Perspective 2005
Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2005
Morgenster 2005
Vialfonté Series C 2006
Waterford Estate – CWG Auction Reserve 2004


Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2006
De Trafford 2006
Eagle’s Nest 2006
Hartenberg The Stork 2005
Signal Hill Clos d’Oranje 2006

Dessert Wine Unfortified

Fleur du Cap – Noble Late Harvest 2007
Klein Constantia Estate – Rhine Riesling Natural Sweet 2006
Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Vin Pi Two (NV)

Dessert Wine Fortified

Mons Ruber Estate Muscat d’Alexandrie Jerepigo 1997


Boplaas Vintage Reserve 2006
De Krans Vintage Reserve 2006 

Now the let the Christmas sales soar (for both guide and wines) - if there’s any stock left!

Some usual suspects in the line up there but some notable new entries like vilafonte, Eagles Nest and Sterhuis.

I think Kanonkop thoroughly deserve their status as winery of the year - they’ve always been one of my favourites.

I’d like to extend a personal message of congratulation to vilafonte for their well deserved recognition - I think they’ll become a permanent fixture on this list in the future.

Now all I need to do is send a letter to Father Xmas asking for a bottle of each 5 Star wine to try :)

6 Responses to “Five Star wines announced for Platter 2009”

  1. Platters 2009 released and 5 Star wines announced! | SA Rocks said:

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  2. Mike Ratcliffe said:

    Hi Brendan, thanks for the congratulations and your ongoing support - we are pretty chuffed with the path to five stars for Vilafonte. We have submitted 8 wines in 4 years and never received less than 4.5 stars with nomination for 5 stars 3 times, but to date always unsuccesful at ‘cracking the nod’ - so to speak!.

    We would be delighted to give you a bottle of the Vilafonte Series C 2006 as a thank you for blogging about us!

    All the best,
    Mike Ratcliffe
    aka Father Christmas
    PS Have you seen our video tasting note?

  3. Oracle said:

    Shaw - that would make an awesome Wedding gift for myself to enjoy. Shot boet!

  4. Moot Point said:

    Nice to have a place to see the winners this year! There ratings must mean we’re in for a great Christmas season

  5. Pete Mitchell said:

    3 or 4 years til peak blend in most of the winners. With the economic situation and low prices, it’s like Christmas already!

  6. Jeanne said:

    How lovely to see a quirky estate like Mons Ruber on the list. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years :)

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