Wine

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Wine

A personal collection of modest to good wines drunk in recent years. Most are rated 3* or 4* in Platter and priced between approximately R50 – R150 in the year of purchase.

For visitors to this page unfamiliar with South African wines, the standard reference is Platter’s South African WinesIt began publication as John Platter’s Book of South African Wines, a slim hardback (19.5x9cm) of 119pp, covered in red Skivertex. It  has been published annually (except 1981) in the same format since 1980, with the colour of the cover changing each year.

Details of the editions published to date can be found at the bottom of the page.

Platter ratings :

1* plain and simple | 2* pleasant drinking | 3* characterful, appealing | 3.5* very good / promising

4* excellent | 4.5* outstanding | 5* superlative; a South African classic

South African red wines 

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South African white wines

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South African dessert wines

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Wines of the World 

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Wine in the Media

World of Wine on FilmOn

Platter’s South African Wine Guide – Editions published to date

2017 (dark green)
2016 (blue),red type reintroduced for wineries and 4.5 star wines
2015 Platter’s 2015 South African Wine Guide (lilac), 647pp, red type dropped
2014 (aquamarine)
2013 (pinkish orange)
2012 (yellow)
2011 (bright medium green)
2010 (black)
2009 (soft blue)
2008 Platter’s South African Wine Guide (burgundy)
2007 (pinkish red)
2006 (cyan)
2005 (purplish red)
2004 (bright light green)
2003 (silver grey)
2002 (mustard yellow)
2001 (dark purplish red)
2000 (darkish blue)
1999 (olive green)
1998 (purplish brown)
1997 (darkish pink), CNA-branded,
1996 John Platter South African Wines (navy blue), last Skivertex edition
1995 John Platter’s  New South African Wine Guide (dark green with a purplish pink patterned border), pbk
1994 (lime green)
1993 (red)
1992 (dark green)
1991 (black)
1990 (red), 10th anniversary edn
1989 (dark blue)
1988 (black)
1987 (red), red type introduced
1986 (dark blue)
1985 (red), last ‘leather-like’ Skivertex edn
1984 John Platter’s South African Wine Guide (black)
1983 John Platter’s New Book of South African Wines (darkish blue)
1982 (darkish green)
1981 NO EDITION
1980 John Platter’s Book of South African Wines (wine red), no date

The colours cited are approximate.

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