Wine Master Allan Mullins reveals which 10 white wines top his best ever list.
CAPE POINT ISLIEDH 2008
Packed with minerality and the ability to age, any white from this high-flying cellar would be worthy of such a list but this superb Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend wins by a short head.
REYNEKE RESERVE WHITE 2008
A wood-matured, organic Sauvignon Blanc from rising wine superstar Johan Reyneke. Unique and exciting, it is packed with intense lime, grapefruit and vanilla flavours.
ATARAXIA CHARDONNAY 2009
One man show, Kevin Grant, certainly deserves his reputation for fine wines. This modern-style Chardonnay is sleek and sexy with an impressive fruit-oak balance.
NEIL ELLIS GROENEKLOOF SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009
Neil Ellis was first to recognise the potential of the Darling area for sauvignon Blanc and has never looked back. Nettles, gooseberries, tropical fruit – what more could you ask for?
RAATS FAMILY WINES CHENIN BLANC 2009
Treading the fine flavour line between oak and the peach, apricot nuances of 40-year-old Chenin vines, Bruwer Raats’ Chenin Blanc is a marvel. International success confi rms this.
DE WETSHOF ESTATE BATELEUR CHARDONNAY 2007
The jewel in the crown of Robertson Chardonnay king, Danie de Wet’s range. A complex and powerful special-occasion wine that gets even better with ageing.
DIEMERSDAL “8 ROWS” SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009
Of the fi ve Sauvignon Blancs that the Louws of Durbanville’s Diemersdal Estate make, the "8 Rows" stands out. A model of flavour, structure and concentration.
IONA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009
This cool-climate Elgin winery made the most of an excellent 2009 vintage. Retaining the characteristic steely finesse, the 2009 has layers of melon and granadilla. Delicious!
SADIE FAMILY VINEYARDS PALLADIUS 2008
Named the 2010 Platter Wine Guide’s "Wine of the Year", Eben Sadie’s Chenin Blanc has blended sumptuously with Rhône varieties to make a memorable wine.
PAUL CLUVER CHARDONNAY 2008
A fi ve-star Platter Guide rating for this Chardonnay, from the family-run Elgin
winery, is fully justifi ed. It’s a wine of seamless elegance with lemon, nuts and butterscotch.