We offer winemaker-led wine tours for curious beginners through to wine anoraks, if you want to know for e.g. whether cork or screw cap is best, or how and why all reds go through malolactic fermentation – and taste some fantastic wines, I hope I can help you enjoy a memorable day among some of the most beautiful winelands of the world - and leave you to spread the Cape Wine gospel.
After a corporate career, I re-qualified as a winemaker and now consult, guide, blog, write and bath in wine. My immersion in wine includes winemaking in New Zealand, Italy and Spain and two years in London and Europe on the IMW’s Master of Wine programme after which – miracle of miracles – I actually took a break from tasting wines.
So, you want to go on a winemaker-led tour of the Cape winelands? We can visit the Grande Dames, the garagistes, the bohemian, the high-tech, the biodynamic, the ethical; the list goes on including tank and barrel tastings (bottles can be so small) or a informative walk through vineyards of breathtaking beauty.
Or fancy exploring our world-class cuisine, we can go on picturesque picnics, visit county delis, chocolatiers, cheese and chacuterie makers, fine dining or leisurely lunches on dramatic mountain-top settings. And maybe end the day with a stroll through a winery art gallery to truly indulge all your senses.
The five star wines for 2016 are:
Méthode Cap Classique
Dessert Wine, Unfortified
Dessert Wine, Fortified
Wines & Winery of the Year are:
White Wine of the Year
Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014
Dessert Wine of the Year
Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV
Red Wine of the Year
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013
Winery of the Year
Mullineux & Leeu Family WinesThe Platter Guide 2016 will be on sale from mid-November priced at R215 and is also available online from Platter’s website (www.wineonaplatter.com). The web-based version of the guide is available at www.wineonaplatter.com.