It was celebration time for the Elgin Valley at the annual launch of the Platter's South African Wine Guide when they scooped three 5-Star wine ratings in the 2015 edition of the internationally recognised Platter's wine journal.
"Three of Platter's pinnacle 5-Star ratings is no mean feat for a small wine growing area like ours, most notably receiving two out of the four Chardonnay 5-Star ratings and one out of eight 5-Star ratings for White Blends", commented a delighted Kevin King, Chairman of the Elgin Valley Wine Guild.
The three Elgin Valley wines honoured at the Platter's awards ceremony are:
Iona Chardonnay 2013
"Iona Chardonnay - SA's finest Chardonnay? 5 Star Platter's, 96 points and Gold Medal Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Gold Medal Six Nations, 94 points Jamie Goode."
- Andrew Gunn (Iona Vineyards)
Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection Chardonnay 2013
"For many years I had a dream of moving to Elgin to produce clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines. Having made it a reality in 2012, and to be rewarded with 5 Stars for my debut 2012 Chardonnay, was a strong confirmation of my decision. The challenge is always to be able to produce the next vintage to the same standard, and that is why I am thrilled to receive 5 Stars for my 2013 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay."
- Richard Kershaw (Richard Kershaw Wines)
Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White Blend 2010
"We're absolutely thrilled with our 5-Star rating for the Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White Blend 2010. Again, it showcases the versatility of Elgin's terroir, a region that produces some of SA's best examples of Chardonnay and Pinot, yet also performs exceptionally well with classic Bordeaux blends. The 2010 blend comprises 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, with the Semillon component undergoing a natural fermentation in French oak."
- Christopher Rawbone-Viljoen (Oak Valley Wines)
|Richard Kershaw, Christopher Rawbone-Viljoen and Werner Muller|