Wine with heart: Of books and wine…

Wine with heart: Of books and wine…
Nicolette Waterford

Nicolette Waterford

When it comes to wine books, there is no more inclusive, up-to-date and definitive chronicle of who’s who and what’s what on the South African wine scene than the annual ‘Platter’s South African Wine Guide’.
The focus of this year’s edition is on “backstories”, showcasing the passion, dreams, challenges and successes that make South Africa one of the most fascinating and dynamic wine producing countries in the world.
Published in an eye catching orange hardcopy as well as a variety of digital formats, Platter’s 2013 not also offer information on wine ratings, but on where to go and what to do in the winelands.

In short, if you buy one wine book this year, this must be it, as it also offers fully updated notes on the major winegrowing regions, grape varieties, winemaking styles, wine-tasting terms, major wine competitions and awards, as well as listings of fine-wine stockists, wine shippers and wine educators country-wide.
A highlight of every new edition is the much anticipated 5 star line-up and this 33rd edition boasts a record of 62 five star wines with Cape Chamonix garnering a staggering four 5 star ratings and three cellars Fairview, Mullineux Family Wines and Nederburg each receiving three 5 stars. Cape Chamonix was also awarded the honour as winery of the Year.

Of the 5 star awarded wines, the red and white that receive the most votes from the judging panel are named Platter’s Wines of the Year. This time the Red Wine Of The Year is Mullineux Family Syrah 2010, whilst the White Wine Of The Year is Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2011.

Platter’s 2013 print version is available from the second half of November at selected bookstores and retailers country-wide. The recommended retail price is R169.95. The book can also be ordered online from Platter’s website (, ( and SA Wines Online ( The web-based version of the guide is available from today (30 October) at, with Apps for Apple and Android devices, in conjunction with Wine-Oh!, available for download from
Another must have wine related book is ‘Cellarmasters in the Kitchen’ by Wendy Toerien, The Cape Winemakers Guild on Food & Wine. This beautiful book was released to mark 30 years of the Cape Winemakers Guild.

Founded in 1982, the Cape Winemakers Guild is an association of some of South Africa’s top winemakers, committed to maintaining and constantly improving the quality of their wines, thereby serving as role models for the wine industry as a whole to uphold and build on the reputation of South African wine globally.
Each of the 45 Guild members is featured in a profile piece that includes anecdotes, insights and experiences of a life with food and wine. Also included are two of each winemaker’s favourite recipes, matched with their wines.
RRP is R395.00, so check it out.