Stellenbosch Vineyards

Niche gems awarded 5 stars in Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Stellenbosch Vineyards’ The Flagship Petit Verdot 2015 and Credo Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2019 both received 5 star ratings in the 2022 South African Platter’s Wine Guide – the highest rating for South Africa’s most authoritative wine guide.

This achievement highlights the extraordinary vineyards that Stellenbosch Vineyards has access to in Stellenbosch and beyond. Known as the Advini South Africa innovation hub, Stellenbosch Vineyards is specifically known to produce a diverse portfolio comprising a broad spectrum of wine styles, at different price points – from global commercial brands like Arniston Bay to crafted nice products, like the Credo range. The golden thread of quality is reflected by the team’s accomplishment of also receiving nine 4.5 star and five 4 star ratings.

Abraham de Villiers and Bernard Claassen, Stellenbosch Vineyard’s winemaking duo for more than 15 years, launched the maiden 2010 vintage of the Flagship Petit Verdot six years ago. “The Petit Verdot vineyard is distinguished by its slow ripening, low yields and extraordinary flavour concentration. The wine spends just less than two years on oak which results in a rich and robust wine, with intense dark cherry and blackcurrant notes with excellent fruit purity”, explains Bernard.

The Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was produced from a vineyard planted in Darling, only seven kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. This wine was produced as a highly exclusive, once-off offering with only 700 bottles available. After it was recently lauded with a Double Gold at the Veritas Wine Awards, as well as a five-star Platter’s rating, it quickly became a collector’s item. “Sauvignon Blanc is certainly a strength of Stellenbosch Vineyards. With access to an array of coastal vineyards we are able to produce crisp and fresh Sauvignon Blancs, with zesty natural acidity and distinct minerality. The Credo Sauvignon Blanc crowns our pursuit to be a South African leader with this varietal,” notes Bernard.

About Stellenbosch Vineyards

Stellenbosch Vineyards is a leading Stellenbosch wine producer and is the smart solutions and innovation hub of Advini South Africa. More than 80% of Stellenbosch Vineyards’ wines are exported to over 40 countries, while the winery’s local and African footprint is growing rapidly. Stellenbosch Vineyards offers a diverse wine range, including unique varietals, limited release parcels, international commercial brands, and customised smart solutions.

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