SA Brandy returns to the Platter’s Best-Seller Guide

South African Brand will return to its rightful place in the country’s favourite wine adviser when the 2014 edition of the Platter’s South African Wine Guide hits the shelves later this year.

For the first time since 1998, brandy will feature in the pages of Platter’s and an expert panel has been assembled to taste and rate the entries. Now, the thousands of visitors to the Cape Winelands will not only be able to read about its wines, but its sublime brandies too.

Distillation takes the art of winemaking a step further by capturing the very soul of a wine,” says Danie Pretorius, General Manager of the SA Brandy Foundation. “As such, we believe that brandy has a natural place in the Platter’s guide.”

The panel undertaking the brandy assessments comprises Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman, a former winner of the Van Ryn’s Award for Brandy Excellence; and, Cape Wine Master Tim James. The inimitable wine critic, judge and writer Dave Hughes completes the panel as a consultant.

I was very excited when the publishers of Platter’s South African Wine Guide decided to include brandy in the 2014 edition after such a long absence,” says Bowman. “It completes the picture of our rich wine industry with our brandies the jewel in the crown at international competitions. South African brandies are unique and of superior quality, oozing South African sunshine in every bottle! Now visitors to our country, local and international, will have a comprehensive publication at their fingertips and this will surely increase the interest in exploring our fabulous brandies, Brandy Routes and the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route.”

Says Tim James: “It was a remarkable experience to taste through 50 or so brandies and be reminded just how high the standard is in South Africa. They represent some of the very finest achievements of the Cape’s vineyards. Not only the magnificent long-matured ones, but also the modest brandies intended for mixing. And not only from the big players – there’s more fine brandy emerging from the estates these days, as they gain experience and their stocks get older and larger.”

Platter’s 2014 print version will be available from the second half of November at selected bookstores, retailers and cellar doors 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 will accessible by subscription as of the official launch date (November 8) at, with a brand-new mobisite and fully updated Apps for Apple and Android devices available in due course.

For more information contact Danie Pretorius, General Manager: SA Brandy Foundation via e-mail or visit

For press assistance contact Ian Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at

Author: PR Officer

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