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March 2012

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We’ve Got You Covered! Where we’re headed with The Month


A Festival of Fellowship We get ready for the Franschhoek Oesfees


A Sweet Success We attend the Semi-Soet movie premiere

hen my wife’s most recent excited phone call began with the words “I’ve saved us so much money!” I knew that a call from my banker was inevitable. You see, we’re headed Stateside…


Fabulous Faraway House: Wine Review Faraway House reds from the Overberg


Rich Rewards in Robertson: Wine Review Four wines from Robertson


Praise for Polkadraai: Wine Review Four wines from Polkadraai

And as my focus turns from proud local to that of pre-occupied tourist, I’ve become ever more critical, and appreciative, of everything the Winelands has to offer. After a day or two of online bookings and TripAdvisor advice, I’m reminded that we’re far from First World here in the Western Cape - we just don’t have the GDP or volume of tourist-traffic to make that possible - but we do have a first-class offering (as the picture below, of L’Ermitage, shows) and I’ve realised again that we put it out there at a more than competitive price. As I negotiated my modest motel reservation in Klamath Falls, my last stop before taking the Amtrak to Seattle, I had to marvel at the chutzpah of the Tall US Poppy who sent me a picture of the “exceptional” view of the back of the motel kitchen and a stretch of blue sky along with an invoice for six hundred South African bucks for the night. How much more effective could the Winelands be if it was marketed more effectively, I wondered? I’m taking some copies of the March and April editions along – just in case.

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10 It’s Life, Ed, But Not As We Know It... Restaurant Review: Bistro 1682 at Steenberg, Constantia 11 Food is a Pasch-ion: Restaurant Review Dutch East, Franschhoek

12 Lamb By Any Other Name We take a closer look at Karoo Meat of Origin 13 Staying on the Wagon Jill Peper visits Jacobsbaai

14 The Ed’s Grape Escape Not too far from here: Kaaimansgat

15 Slowly Reaching Equilibrium The downs and ups of the property market 16 Property

19 It’s Not My Fault! Problem youth? We blame their parents 20 Recipe of The Month

21 Fashionably Yours Perfect Picnic-wear Pointers

22 99 Not Out Dave Rundle on Investment

Never Up, Never In Golf tips for putting prowess

Speaking of March, this edition is jammed packed, as always, with wine news, restaurant reviews, accounts of our travels, some good advice, the odd opinion and our take on a local movie and an awardwinning book. We’ve shared our news in way that the Publisher and I hope will get and hold your attention for long enough to finish each article and take note of the ads on each page, because, in as much as Estate Agents advertise for sellers and not buyers, we’re well-aware of who our

23 Still an Equity Play? Citadel’s John Kennedy reckons it is 24 What’s On in March

26 Say What? The Wine Ou on why Press Releases are not for him A Question of Sanity: Book Review Emma Donaghue’s ‘Room’

27 Feb Competition Winners and March Crossword 28 Scene and Heard

market is. Just take a look across the page if this last statement has you re-reading that sentence with a change of intent. Our recent travels out of the Winelands proper prompted a decision to look for wines from lesser-known or smaller wards and we’ve chosen to review the efforts of an estate in the Overberg, a selection of wines from Polkadraai and Robertson and our Wine of The Month is from the Paardeberg. We eat at restaurants in Franschhoek and Constantia and brave Cape Town by night to see a movie starring a number of gorgeous South African actors who spent so much time on location at Vrede en Lust near Paarl that they can justifiably call it home. We discover that buying authentic Karoo meat doesn’t need to involve a hunting trip and that dressing for that inevitable late summer or early autumn picnic is a cinch. The Wine Ou has clearly had it with certain PR people, we learn that you’re more likely to see Steve Hofmeyr in Jacobsbaai or a crocodile outside Villiersdorp than a decent wine list in most restaurants and that investment, particularly in property, isn’t going to get us out of the woods overnight. And finally, for good measure, we criticise parents – although I hope we’ve been sensitive enough in doing so that we’ve maintained our “always positive” and “often self-deprecating” approach – and we made sure that we gate-crashed a couple of events to bring you the back page. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got that banker to deal with! Until next month, enjoy the read.

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A Festival of Fellowship We get ready for the Franschhoek Oesfees


ay “South African musician” to the average foreign tourist and chances are David Kramer will feature somewhere in the mix. Say “South African wine farm” and it’s more than likely that Solms-Delta will be right up there – after all, they did give us Cape Jazz Shiraz which even Americans will tell you comes from South Africa. It’s no wonder then that the 5 th Franschhoek Oesfees, a platform for all that is the Cape and the Winelands and

which is held at Solms-Delta towards the end of March, will feature the legendary David Kramer as its headline performer. Kramer will be joined by other big names, such as Theuns Jordaan, Emo Adams and Chris Chameleon, and some larger than life personalities, including spoon-slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee, Auntie Susanna Draaier, 70-plus Oom Andries Bok and MC for the day, Soli Philander. Other artists will perform too, of course, and no doubt one of the ‘stars’ on the day will be the fabulous Cape cuisine that will include traditional favourites like bees afval (tripe), chicken and veg breyani, a full range of halaal foods, fish dishes and wildspastei (game pie); all washed down with Solms-Delta wines in a picnic-style setting!

Adriaan Brand, a member of the wellknown rock band Springbok Nude Girls and the figure at the head of the SolmsDelta Music van de Caab programme, explains that the festival is a “showcase” for the programme, which itself “encourages unknown and unrecognized talents to soar”. In association with the ATKV, the event has become known throughout South Africa as the pre-eminent display of the rural music of the Boland and beyond, as well as a joyful end-of-harvest celebration for the valley’s farm workers. The more than 4500 visitors expected to attend this year are in for added bonus as they will have a brand new opportunity to leave with a lasting taste of the day and a record of the energy shared by the musos, in the form of a 13-track CD – called Bamboesbos. Brand regards it as “the next best thing any music lover could listen to, after the Oesfees”, and is a collaboration between himself, Nick Turner of Sonsof-Trout fame, Cape jazz legend Les Javan and many other talented musicians, with performances by the various Solms-Delta farm bands and cameos from “a few famous people.” What sets the Oesfees apart though, is not the fabulous food, wine and worldclass entertainment – after all, every festival believes it has that on offer – no, it’s the real sense of camaraderie and nation building that takes place during and because of the event. Year after year I’m struck by the social, ethnic and racial integration on display at the festival, and the positive vibe that seems to permeate everything that happens on the day. If you’re in search of a picture of the Rainbow Nation, the Franschhoek Oesfees is it. As Mark Solms said earlier this year: “When you see the radiance in the faces of both performers and audience members at the Oesfees, you know that there is a miracle taking place under the farm’s

shady oaks; one that couldn’t have been imagined just a few years ago. We are thrilled to play a part in restoring pride to the hard-working members of this community and beyond, and look forward to many more years of what has become an annual tradition.” The 5 th Annual Oesfees takes place on Saturday 24 th March from 9am to 9pm at Solms-Delta Wine Estate - Delta Road, off the R45, Franschhoek Valley. Tickets cost R95 for early birds, R110 per person if pre-booked (at the farm or online from, or can also be purchased at the gate for R130 on the day. The ticket price excludes food and beverage coupons, which are available for purchase at the event. Gates open at 9am and close at 9pm. There is free entry for children under 12, if accompanied by their parents, and there will be a kiddies play area available, complete with games and equipment.

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A Sweet Success The Month attends the Semi-Soet movie premiere


hy would an English kid, who still suffers from mild flashbacks of running down the side-streets of suburban Nelspruit in the early 80s with a group of burly Afrikaans teens in hot pursuit, intent on dolling out more than a fair share of ‘snotklappe’ (smacks), simply because my Afrikaans was ‘vrot’ (bad), willingly head off to the premiere of an Afrikaans movie, albeit as a somewhat older man?

The Publisher, who fancies himself as a bit of a Pop Psychologist, would suggest it’s because of my need to confront the ‘culturally oppressive demons of my past’. But he also likes to say that lift buttons are repressed and it certainly had nothing to do with formative years I quite enjoyed, despite really being chased about because I was an ‘Engelsman’ (Englishman) and decidedly in the minority in the hometown of the Nel brothers. No, my attendance of the premiere of Semi-Soet, an Akrikaans movie on circuit now, about a girl who has to pretend to be in a stable relationship to land an advertising contract to save the agency for which she works from being bought out,

had more to do with the promise of copious amounts of Vrede en Lust wine and an opportunity to meet the attractive stars of the show. Having said that, and let slip my motivation for going, here’s my take on the movie and the experience of putting aside a little time to watch it. The strap line of the movie, ‘a half-truth, a half a lie, a whole palaver’, gives a fair indication of the motivation of the plot and expos-

es director Joshua Rous’s obvious romcom intentions. The actors are accomplished and familiar enough to a South African audience to deliver credible performances and the story has all the elements needed to make for a great change from the kind of slapstick slant that I’ve come to associate with an Akrikaans ‘fliek’ (movie). Not that anyone ever says ‘fliek’ anymore…

That does bring me to a quick aside that stuck me some ten minutes into the show – Afrikaans really is a beautifully expressive language. The movie is subtitled throughout in English and anyone with a decent grasp of both will appreciate that the words on screen are accurate in so much as they keep the audience up to speed, but every now and then some of the nuance is lost. By way of example, ‘poephol’ is translated ‘idiot’ when really a direct reference to one’s nether region would be more accurate (albeit a little more crass than the intention of the line in context) and so plain old British ‘arse’ and all that it implies behaviourly would do perfectly. ‘Idiot’ isn’t wrong, but it misses the point. Which gets me back to mine – in Afrikaans the script really does contain some gems and ticks away at an acceptable pace. Here and there the dialogue seemed a little thin, but given that it’s a romcom, I really can’t complain. I’ve mentioned the credible actors – Anel Alexander as Jaci, and Nico Panagio as JP (aka ‘The Jackal’), are well-known for their roles in 7de Laan and anyone who has had the pleasure of their company will recognise that they are as approachable and engaging in the flesh as they are on screen. If you’re not sure who they are, or are unfamiliar with their faces, take a look at this Month’s front cover before reading on. Whilst I didn’t enjoy the minor role of the overly-camp model agent, played by Jody Abrahams, I was absolutely capti-

vated by Sandra Vaughn, as Jaci’s assistant, Karla. At some point in the movie she flops down on a bed as she chats to Jaci and in that instant must surely define the most beautiful item in the movie. The main cast includes Louw Venter, Diaan Lawrenson, Paul du Toit and Corine du Toit and each does, as far as I can tell, exactly what Rous must have asked of them. One of the unexpected stars of SemiSoet is the Cape Winelands wine estate, Vrede en Lust, on which much of the movie was shot. The sweeping, Hollywoodesque, views of the farm and the Franschhoek Valley reminded me of the sheer unadulterated beauty of an area that precious few are privileged to call home and more than I care to think of, would like to. I have no doubt that local numbers will be ringing off the hook once friends and family up North see the movie and then call South en masse to recount their own escapades to Vrede en Lust or the greater Winelands region. Good for us and well done Vrede en Lust. The rather overt placement of product in the movie, which included computers, medication, wine and fast cars, was a tad distracting and I caught myself thinking that the brands concerned may have benefitted from more mileage had the labels been less obviously and prominently the focus of many of the scenes; but I’m no Barry Ronge and I guess that anyone less familiar with the brands and new to wine will walk away with a better idea of what to buy if in the market for any of the above; particularly the wine. All-in-all Semi-Soet is worth the money you’ll spend on it and best enjoyed with popcorn, Coke and a date. It has a goodold-fashioned-movie sense about it that has more than enough dry humour and slapstick to make most laugh, some honestly touching scenes, a moment (when Jaci makes her big pitch) when you’ll probably be able to hear a pin drop once the gasps subside, and a pig.

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Fabulous Faraway House The Editor visits the Overberg in search of ‘some place small’


his month we introduce our ‘Wine of Origin: Some place small’ wine theme by way of a visit to the tiny wine estate, Faraway House, just outside Villiersdorp. Off the beaten track, but not too far from here, Faraway House is an attractive by-appointment destination that offers five different wines, across three vintages, that are good enough to give wine lovers and travellers alike every excuse to leave the city and head off to ‘some place small’ for a taste of the Overberg. The wines of the Faraway House Estate, the most northerly farm in the Overberg wine district, on the slopes of the Ratelberg, are not the kind of thing I’d recommend to everyone. It’s not that they’re peculiar, in fact I’d suggest that both the Shiraz and Quadrille (a red blend) are of an accessible enough style and exhibit the kind of quality that make them an easy choice when looking for a red for just about any occasion, it’s just that they’re not run-of-the-mill, and a little difficult to find. Their latest red blend releases, the 2009 Classic and 2009 Quadrille respectively (and their 2011 Rosé and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, which we’ll feature towards the end of autumn) develop much of the character that was evident in their maiden 2008 wines, but exhibit more depth and are somewhat more refined than I anticipated from such a ‘young’ estate.

2. High Overberg Classic 2009

The 2009 Classic (Platter’s 4 stars), like its 2008 predecessor, is a Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz / Merlot blend that also benefitted from a year in oak. Of the 2008, Platter’s said that it had “Shiraz pizazz” – which is spot on, but the 2009 struck me as a little more fair to each of the components and if anything is more about mouthfeel and finish at the moment, than it is about flavours. Having said that, the 2009 comes across as having more ‘mature’ flavours than the 2008, which I guess is a result of the more established, and mature, vines. If you’re planning to pick up a case – and, although not the least expensive blend on the market, you’d do better to invest in a case rather than a bottle – put it away for the next RWC; but be sure to cellar it well. Like the Shiraz, it’ll manage most rich meat dishes and is a winner with a gamey venison steak and onion gravy (with a touch of garlic and thyme).

3. High Overberg Quadrille 2008

This 50% Merlot, 20% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet 1


Sauvignon and 15% Pinotage blend (Platter’s 3 ½ stars) spent ten months in French oak and is still a surprisingly subtle wine, as it was when I first tasted it in 2009. Since then, though, the wine has begun to show even more of its dark berry, Merlot side and really highlights the good job Follet did with the relatively short time in wood.

4. High Overberg Quadrille 2009

The 2009 Quadrille has substantially more Shiraz (at 40% of the blend) than the ‘08, and makes this, in my opinion, a somewhat more versatile wine. There’s 10% Cab Sauv and only 5% Pinotage so the two dominant components, Merlot and Shiraz, really do dominate. The Shiraz adds good volume to the palate and helps the fruity Merlot along and I’m sure that this is going to be one of the estates more popular sellers. Come to think of it, perhaps I need to review my introductory paragraph, as this is certainly a wine I’ll recommend to just about anyone!


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1. High Overberg Shiraz 2008

This fruity Shiraz (Platter’s 3 stars) spent 12 months in French barrels and the result is a well-balanced New World red that shows just enough fruit to stand up to the wood and enough wood to give the wine a full mouthfeel and complex structure. The 100% Shiraz displays travelling winemaker Nicholas Follet’s appreciation of regional variance and anyone who isn’t in to ‘terroir’ would do well to try this product of dry, steep, North West-facing shale slopes that get mighty cold in winter.

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Since I first tasted this wine in 2009, it has certainly softened some but the tannins are still prominent enough to give the wine depth and a lovely dry finish, making it a good match to rich meat dishes; it also takes well to a little time in the fridge on a hot summer’s day. Its 14.5% alcohol makes it best suited to an evening meal, and in my case, given my weakness for Shiraz, one served at home.

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FIND THE FLOWERS Johan Delport, Cellar Manager at Waverly Hills, chooses Vondeling Babiana 2008 as our Wine Of The Month Vondeling Wines, in the Paardeberg area outside Paarl, has started to pop up on the wine radar of late. Vondeling is the Dutch word for ‘foundling’ and there is a story that in the middle ages, children abandoned by their parents and taken in at orphanages, were referred to

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as vondelings. Babiana, on the other hand, is the name of an indigenous flower that grows in the Paardeberg region. The Vondeling Babiana is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc that, despite its age, shows up-front freshness. It is a full, complex wine with typical Paardeberg Chenin flavours of pears, guava

and a distinct pepperiness, which is complemented by additional tropical, floral and citrus flavours provided by the other cultivars. The palate is full-bodied with a long-lasting structure and subtle oak to round off the complexity. It sells at R95.00 per bottle and is certainly worth it. More white wines should be made like this!

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Rich Rewards in Robertson Stefan Coetzee of shares his recommendation


n keeping with our theme ‘Wine of Origin: Some place small’ this month, we went in search of the team at to ask for a selection of wines from the Robertson area, available from them. Our Cybercellar team was astonished by the quality (and great prices) that the Robertson valley has to offer, and if there is one variety that is absolutely meant to be planted in the rich limestone soils of Robertson, it’s Chardonnay! Not that singling out the Chardonnay should detract from the abundant offerings across the board. The Robertson wine valley boasts more than 50 award-winning wineries, countless exciting outdoor activities (I’m told that skydiving in the area is highly recommended – Ed), many unique attractions and accommodation for the easy-going as well as luxury hungry – and it’s all presented with true country hospitality. Given the popularity of the recent Robertson Hands-On Harvest, late in February, and the increasingly attractive Wacky Wine Festival in the first week of June, the valley has gained some much-needed recognition and prestige as a premier wine region in South Africa, so this is as good a time as ever to enjoy one of these fantastic Robertson Whites.

to be a big and very pleasant surprise to all who discover it – it’s a true signal of synergy between terroir and skillful winemaking. Complexity on the nose, a pleasing mid-palate, and lingering notes of citrus and tropical (notably pineapple) aromas on the aftertaste. French oak barrels are used, but not new, which gives the wine a beautiful, integrated feel without sacrificing any of the Chardonnay fruit flavours. This is a superb wine!

with a Chardonnay, and if you’re talking Chardonnay in Robertson, mention must be made of De Wetshof. Danie de Wet was born to be a winemaker and his accomplishments read like fine vintages. The De Wet ancestors arrived at the Cape in 1694 and the family has been involved in the wine industry ever since.



Their flagship Chardonnay, the De Wetshof Bateleur, is simply phenomenal and is an elegant combination of great depth and length of flavour, that is as delicate as it is big. Only the most exceptional barrels are selected to make this fine wine and as a result it is available in very limited quantities.



2. The Arendsig 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, R72.50

This 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is another pointer to the ability of the team at Arendsig. It is crisp yet elegant, with green pea aromas and a tropical fruit palate. This is a fantastic wine for summer and most enjoyable on the beach or next to the pool, and that at a decent price! This wine was made for lunches and light meals and will certainly stand up to a creamy cheese.

3. Jacques Bruere Blanc de Blanc MCC, R113

We were simply mesmerized by the fantastic 100% Chardonnay, Jacques Bruere Blanc de Blanc MCC. This bubbly completely over-delivers at the price, with a strong yeasty nose and a faint lemon and citrus scent. It’s a crisp and refreshing wine that nonetheless exhibits a beautifully pleasing creamy complexity on the palate. It’s all finesse.

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The Vineyard Connection chooses four March must-try reds


f you’re looking for wine from a particular, and small, region, the offering of Polkadraai is worth some attention. Hoping to find something fun, we asked the knowledgeable folks at the Vineyard Connection in Stellenbosch for their recommendation. Here’s what they suggested: Now that the year really has gathered momentum, it is fitting that we’re already into March - named after the Roman god of war and a homonym of a military manoeuvre – but we’d do well to take stock every now and then as with all the goings on it’s easy to become prematurely jaded. Fortunately there’s always wine with which to lift the spirits and to escape a militant March, so why not go dancing in the Polkadraai Hills, with some lighter-styled red wines?

1. Saxenburg Guinea Fowl Red, R62 Shake off those ruffled feathers with this uncomplicated wine from Saxenburg, which the Platter’s guide ironically calls the high flying aristocrat of the Polkadraai Hills. The blend of Merlot (51%), Cabernet Sauvignon (38%) and Shiraz (11%) was matured in older oak; resulting in a pleasant drinking wine with dark fruit in the foreground, and hints of herbs and spice.

2. De Toren La Jeunesse Délicat, R87 Fresh off the bottling line is this Beaujolais-style wine from De Toren. In Europe young (nouveau) wines are extremely popular, with producers racing to get these light wines into the market where they are consumed young and chilled.



At De Toren pockets of vineyards have been identified where the meso-climate produces lighter and softer flavours in the grapes – hence the name ‘Delicate Youth’. When served at around 12ºC, this purply-pink wine shows beautiful berry and floral flavours. But it’s the wine’s marshmallow and candyfloss characteristics which take you back to your own delicate youth, it’s truly magical!

distinctive wines of great complexity

3. Bein Little Merlot 2011, R84

This is another frivilous wine identified through precision viticulture at Luca and Ingrid Bein’s 2.2 hectare property. Infrared aerial imagery pinpoints Merlot vines which are moderately vigorous and bring forth the fruitier side of the variety. These grapes are then ‘relieved’ from their vigorous activities, and used to make a wine which is rich with red-berry flavours. A softer structure from older oak offers a silky texture and early drinking pleasure!

4. Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage/Merlot 2010, R34

This is a fun wine with ripe fruit that is smooth and easy to drink. The stunning feature, however, is the beautiful packaging which brings tribute to the road which winds through the ward. A cursive font echoes the curving Polkadraai Road, with a car escaping into the distance on the back label.

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WHINE AND DINE Izak Smit, of SAWi, on the problem with wine lists “A restaurant wine list is praised and given awards for reasons that have little to do with its real purpose, as if it existed only to be admired passively, like a stamp collection. A wine list is good only when it functions well in tandem with a menu.” Gerald Asher

list with descriptive sections like Bubbles and Pinks say, or Fresh and Bright (light to medium-bodied whites), perhaps Stand Up Whites (medium to big) and Flex Reds (for smooth and elegant options), Brawny Reds (that are big and bold), etc. Take things a step further and keep wines from a particular area together and you’re really helping and of course, only list wines suited the food menu.

Most of us, when sitting down in a restaurant, habitually take the wine list, scan the prices then the wines in particular and, depending on the social behavior wine category we fit into (see last month’s SAWi column), choose an appropriate glass or bottle with which to start proceedings. So, what’s the problem? Well, allow that penny to drop; most choose the wine before they’ve decided on the meal. Also, why order a bottle (which is fine for the social drinker who isn’t into wine, but drinking) if you want to experience how food and wine can complement each other? The fact is that the majority of restaurant wine lists are of little help. A wine list, in order to be ‘good’ should also not be a way to extract as much cash as possible


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from a customer. The list must work for the comfort-seeker and the adventurer alike, for a Wednesday supper or a Saturday night celebration. Who wouldn't want to enjoy the right kind of wine with grilled chili sirloin, chicken

cassoulet, oysters, seared scallops or a cheese plate? So what are the basic pointers? I suggest that a good start is a list grouped by varietal and style. I’d love to see a

As good as the wine list gets, it must be supported by a well-trained waiter who knows wines (in general and more specifically those on the wine list) who is able to give valueable advice. I shudder when I think back to a recent outing to a restaurant that serves only one wine brand as the owner is a friend of the winemaker and whose staff battle blindly through what should be a rather simple exercise. I ordered a Chenin Blanc there and after a while the waitress came back to ask me: “A red or a white”?


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It’s Life, Ed, But Not As We Know It... The Publisher’s trek to discover new worlds leads him to Bistro 1682 at Steenberg


ppreciating that The Month is enjoyed ‘where wine is’, the Editor suggested I venture west to try out ‘Stone Mountain’ - in a little wine-making region he referred to as the ‘Constantia Wine Route’. Ever keen to prove that, whilst competition is undoubtedly good, there was no way that anything that near the sea was going to compare to the food and wine offerings surrounding ‘Simon’s Mountain’, I took him up on his offer and booked in for the Tapas Menu at Bistro 1682. How wrong I turned out to be. Steenberg’s new-ish 70-seater Bistrostyle, cellar door restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and then tapas in the late afternoon. Planning to be fashionably late so as not to appear too ‘country’, I aimed for a 5.30pm start with a plan to enjoy sunset for dessert. I couldn’t have known that upon arrival the worst part of my experience was behind me - in the traffic tailing back to Cape Town – but somewhat irritated and very late, I parked and made sharp tracks and excuses in equal measure. The inviting and visually interactive modern space, high ceilings and earthy natural textures offer an industrial feel without being unwelcoming, and the terraced dining area that leads to the modern water features, surrounded by indigenous gardens and contemporary statuettes, offers views across the vineyards and, in the far distance, to False Bay. The snug armchair and first mouthful of the 2009 Steenberg Shiraz were unusually large and comforting and, gradually, thoughts of the gnarled road from Cape Town were a thing of the past. To work I went with the help of the relaxed, informative and knowledgeable Cliche, who helped me through the tapas creations of chef and bistro dining specialist, Brad Ball – he of the River and Olympia Cafés fame. Brad has put to-

gether a chalkboard of Spanish-inspired snacks like mussels in fresh tomato sauce and finely chopped chorizo, grilled whole sardines and deboned Moroccan harissamarinated chicken thighs as part of a ta-

infused red wine sauce accompanying the beef had me dunking the fresh bread (which arrived with each course) repeatedly. As I began to sate, it struck me - if the usual challenge on a tapas menu is

sauce (“Hígados de Pollo Picantes”) which I tempered with Champinoñes Salteados - three types of sautéed mushrooms with lemon thyme and sesame. Life of such quality is good... Where they may lose tapas traditionalists who expect authentic long benches designed to encourage conversation, a casual ambiance and small portions of finger food in colourful little bowls, the Bistro will find a loyal following for what I can only describe as a ‘new take’ on tapas – not only appealing to the SA palate, but offered at a time of day when relaxation is the name of the game. Even if the setting is ‘upmarket’ the unfussy but attentive service puts the ‘mature’ clientele at ease. It’s clearly a winning formula likely to become established as a Constantia (and even Cape) ‘must do’ for visitors and locals alike.

pas menu that is novel, at least to me, in that nearly every dish appeals. I opted for pork meatballs in salsa tomato sauce (“Albóndigas en Salsa de Tomate”), the crispy fried Calamari with aioli (“Calamares a la Romana”) and the Chalmar beef fillet in a red wine and chilli sauce (“Solomillo a la Trinchado”) before doing the tapas thing – standing and moving about while eating. I’m told this is customary in South America, but it seemed a little out of place in Constantia, so I made like I was looking for original photo angles and was gratefully ignored. The first three dishes were surprisingly tasty, with hot red pepper paste, chilli C garlic M Y the CM MY CY CMYofK the day, and the and flavour

Appreciably tipped, Cliche mentioned the savoury aftertaste would leave me longing for more of the full-bodied Shiraz, and she wasn’t wrong. But, as the sun settled on my soiree west, thoughts turned to the road home and my next challenge: how I could explain to the Editor that these Constantia types not only know a thing or two about wine, but their way around a dinner plate too? Mmmm...

to find something I like, the challenge at Bistro 1682 is to find space to try more! Ball is not the first chef to adapt a style of food to suit the local palate and here he hits it between the eyes - genuine Spanish canapés in generous portions. Next came the four shelled tiger prawns in (you guessed it) garlic and chilli oil (“Gambas Pil Pil”) and chicken livers in spicy, er, chilli

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The Editor reviews Dutch East, Franschhoek ing experience, rather than just a gastronomic one. Pasch’s menu has changed somewhat over the last few years, partly in response to the changing nature of the market, but , according to Sainkie, also because their initial attempts were probably a little too fine-dining and really didn’t match the tastes of the strong local support they now enjoy.


hen times are hard, sang Del Jones, friends are few. Had Jones been a modern-day restaurateur, he’d happily have exchanged his few friends for a customer or two, and with so many restaurants out there, it’s not often that I’m moved to think “Wow, that place is doing well!” But of late the Dutch East restaurant in Franschhoek has had me saying just that. As often as I drive through the attractive little town, I’m struck by their busy lunch time and consistently well-supported dinner time trade. Keen to see if the wisdom of the crowds was anything to go by I popped in for a quick lunch recently, and once satiated and relieved of a sizeable chunk of money, I promptly made a booking for a romantic post Valentine’s meal for my wife and I, the next day! Dutch East is the passionate expression of chef, Pasch du Plooy, and his soon-tobe-wife, Sainkie du Toit, who manages the front of house operations of the attractive eatery with the kind of care and ease that makes for a great all-round din-

Today the Dutch/Asian influences are evident in a menu that is very much South African but far more refined than any of my Karoo-farming-stock granny’s meat and potato dishes of old. The menu is varied and the specials change often – so it’s difficult to go through everything in one review. But if you consider the regular item of grilled farm sausage, Parmesan polenta, roasted tomato compote, pancetta and braised onion jus as a ‘typical’ example, you’ll get a sense of Pasch’s approach, I’m sure. On the day, I chose to enjoy a seafood tempura starter (at R68) and was just blown away by the lightly dusted squid, prawn and fish dish served with a sublime salad containing fresh mango and drizzled with a Nuoc Cham dressing – if you’re into clean and cool but fiery summer flavours, this is it. Pasch is always conjuring up new things in his kitchen and a seat with a view of him in action makes for some entertaining moments. When my starter arrived, Sainkie commented that there was an extra dressing on the plate. Off she headed to the kitchen to see what was up and

returned to say that Pasch had prepared something special for one of the evening dishes and he was keen to “test it out”. The mango-based mayonnaise that the dressing turned out to be could just have well been served in a big bowl with a spoon, I enjoyed it that much! And what’s more Pasch was only too happy to part with the recipe; which is something I’m told he does all the time. My main of braised Karoo Lamb curry with a simple salad of fresh butternut and carrot and an amazing sweet/sour relish, fragrant Basmati rice and a poppadom (R145) brought back memories of that Karoo-farming-stock granny and Sunday family lunches – but also reminded me that granny was no chef. Accompanied by the Dutch East house white (a Pasch and Ossie Sauermann creation) the meal was every bit a South African dish with an Oriental touch. The portion size was generous to say the least (and would easily feed two) but I simply had to polish it off! It needs to be said that the quality of the lamb in the dish was remarkable – even to a wannabe-gourmand like me – and I learnt that Pasch buys his lamb from the local Eat Karoo butchery, the first in the Western Cape to supply certified Karoo meat. Because of the obvious quality of the meat I did a little digging and have included a feature on Karoo Lamb overleaf.

about Coffee’ counter in the restaurant. Given that Dutch East goes through more coffee than most, it made sense to add a roaster to their set-up and today the business-within-a-business is worth a visit all of its own. With the perfect end to an absolutely delicious meal I contemplated the bill, which at about R300 including a healthy tip, is not negligible. Given the quality, the ingredients, the flavours, the substantial portion size of the main and the all-round experience I concluded that it was a value-for-money deal of note. I’m sure that if Del Jones’s few friends ever get to visit Franschhoek, they’re going to love Dutch East.

Feeling strong I opted for dessert in the form of a rum and raisin Crème Brulee served with espresso ice cream and cocao crumble (R45). Raisins in a brulee aren’t really for me, I’ll be honest, but that espresso ice cream is sensational. With time to kill I ended proceedings with a coffee (R16) from the ‘Beans

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Lamb By Any Other Name... The Editor discoveres Karoo Meat of Origin


s it possible to pass any meat off as lamb? The obvious answer is “No”. Everyone knows lamb is lamb; and what’s more, like most of us, even my four-yearold is able to tell the difference between lamb and mutton. But, GM fears aside, is it fair to say that lamb is just lamb? And more importantly, what guarantee is there that the lamb you buy today will be the same as the lamb you buy tomorrow? For many, the questions may seem a little pedantic, but for those who long for authentic braai chops from the Karoo (which is pretty much everyone with an interest in the

just-started Super 15, and there are many of us) there’s a distinct difference between the lamb they want and the lamb they often settle for from the in-store butcher at the local supermarket. Karoo lamb isn’t just lamb, it’s something special. In fact, scientific research has confirmed the prominence of ‘herbal’ flavours in Karoo lamb that are distinct and different from that of lamb from other regions and ascribe this to the unique grazing available in the Karoo. They’ve gone so far as to identify more than a dozen plants that are specific to the Karoo and the result has been an interesting de-

velopment in the promotion and protection of one of South Africa’s latest origin based brands: Karoo Lamb. A collective initiative, driven by the Karoo Development Foundation (KDF), has led to the introduction of the Karoo Meat of Origin certification scheme which allows producers, abattoirs, restaurants and other outlets to apply for the right to use the Karoo Meat of Origin certification mark. A mail from Trade Mark Abe Louw, one of the pioneers of the initiaCERTIFIED KAROO meat of origin tive and a producer& of some really fine Ka(Windmill device) (b&w) roo Lamb, highlighted the(14090) following: “The commercial value attached to origin-based names is clearly evident from the rising incidence of usurpation and misappropriation KAROO meat of origin of these names. CERTIFIED Karoo Lamb, with its ability & (Windmill device) (b&w meat to evoke images of wholesomeness, authenstamp) ticity and country goodness(14092) is no exception, having been widely abused both domestically and abroad. A variety of outlets ranging from restaurants to butchers and supermarkets have brazenly been marketing lamb with no link to the region KAROO as Karoo Lamb or CERTIFIED meat of origin (Windmill device) (b&w stamp) have registered &trademarks incorporating (14091) the words Karoo in order to capture its marketing potential. The abuse of the name, in addition to misleading the consumer, poses a risk of eroding the reputation attached to the authentic product and which is the collective property of the inhabitants of the KaCERTIFIED KAROO meat of origin roo.” & (Windmill device) (col)

and five delis and butchers who, by early September 2011, had applied to become members of the certification scheme: Karoo Lamb is a national treasure and should be protected in the same way as Roquefort, Parma ham, and Champagne are. In his hometown of Franschhoek, restaurants such as Reuben’s and Dutch East have wasted no time in supporting the initiative. The first of this monthLabel saw a new labelling regime that prevents the use of “misleading descriptions” on product labels, such as ‘natural’, ‘free range’ and ‘organic’. Abe informs me that the independently audited scheme will ensure that only meat that is produced within a clearly demarcated Karoo region will bear the Karoo Meat of Origin certification mark. So, while a rose by any other name may smell as sweet, Karoo Lamb by any other name, it seems, will not to taste as good. Visit the Eat Karoo outlet in Franschhoek, one of the first suppliers of certified Karoo Lamb, and keep an eye out for the certification mark closer to home as more and more suppliers climb aboard.


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Staying On The Wagon Jill Peper enjoys an unusual introduction to the charming coastal settlement of Jacobsbaai


he little white-washed village of Jacobsbaai on the West Coast, just nine kilometres north of Saldanha Bay, was host to an unusual musical event recently.

A ring-side seat at this lavish display of God’s creativity is well-worth taking some time out for and visitors are made to feel welcome in charming Jacobsbaai whether visiting for a day, or for a stay-over.

Six tractors and trailers set the stage, literally, for a musical tour of the village that included stop-offs at various local hosts for refreshments.

In Jacobsbaai you’ll be encouraged to leave the place as you found it, but be warned, you are sure to leave a changed person.

“Oppiwa” gave locals and visitors an opportunity to get up-close and personal with celebrities like Sandra Prinsloo, Valiant Swart, Dana Snyman, Neels van Jaarsveld and Steve Hofmeyr and performances by Zinkp-

laat and Anna Davel were also included in the weekend programme. The tranquil environment of the village was thoughtfully left fairly undisturbed as the polished tractors rumbled slowly past, each pulling its trailer of artist and guests. Starstruck local resident, Catherine Campbell, pictured on this page, was amongst those

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lie anchored, the stretches of clean, sandy beaches, the wildlife, and, of course, the riot of colour from the veld flowers in spring, the perfect chance to get away from it all.

Much as Steve Hofmeyr is always a magnet for the ladies, so Jacobsbaai was itself a magnet to a lady of a different kind a few years ago. In 2009 a large floating barge, named ‘Margaret’, carrying several platforms , broke it’s tow lines and was washed up on the rocks. Many hundreds of visitors arrived in the village to view the spectacle over the following months until the barge was eventually blown up in order to aid its dissembling and removal. These moments of excitement aside, life carries on at a gentle pace here, affording all who come for the beauty of the seascapes, the roar of the ocean, the quite inlets and bays where little colourful fishing boats

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Not Too Far From Here: Kaaimansgat






hen I told the Publisher that I’d be doing the ‘Not too far from here…’ feature this month, I didn’t tell him that my only motivation for volunteering was to get a break from his constant nattering about “the next big thing” for The Month. Some of his thoughts are accessible on page 3 this month, mercifully without volume and the animated gestures that accompany his ‘blue sky’ episodes.

What he didn’t tell me was that the business GPS needs an update and about half an hour after the Huguenot tunnel I thought I should give him a call as the reassuring voice kept telling me I had about three more hours to go. I had been told that Kaaimansgat is a stone’s throw from Villiersdorp, so no more than a couple of hours from Cape Town via Franschhoek was what I had expected. Our exchange was typical. He: “Where are you?” Me: “Going to Kaaimansgat, but I’m lost.” He: “Use the GPS!” Me: “I am. It’s out of date – please get the co-ordinates from Google and call me back.” His call about twenty minutes later yielded the same coordinates as the GPS was already happy to display. “That’s not right,” I said. His confident conclusion was that “Google is also

out of date.” And with that he hung up. Stymied I did what no self-respecting man would ever do, and called my wife. Turns out that there is, in fact, a Kaaimansgat in the Karoo close to Prince Albert, but what wine-lovers, and those keen for something a little closer to home, will want is Kaaimansgat farm in the Elandskloof Valley, about 15 kilometres from Villiersdorp (apparently there’s an Elandskloof near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga too, so I’m eternally grateful I didn’t plug that into the GPS!). Kaaimansgat means the ‘Crocodile’s Lair’ in Afrikaans, and is also the name given to the very good Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay made from grapes grown on the farm. The farm itself benefits from an elevated position, large day/night temperature variations and longer-than-usual ripening periods for everything that manages to survive there. Our tasting some months back of the recently released Noble Hill ‘The Longest Day’ Sauvignon Blanc, carefully made using a limited supply of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Kaaimansgat, did enough to convince me that both Kristopher Tillery, of Noble Hill, and Peter Finlayson, of Buchard Finlayson, really are on to something special here. Kaaimansgat offers 4x4 enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers a scenic day out but those into food and wine would do better to tackle Villiersdorp proper or one of the nearby wine farms. I started my journey at the new Stoepwinkel Farm Stall for an early takeaway Steak Burger lunch, in lieu of the breakfast my extended journey had ruled out, and then headed a couple of kilometres out of town towards Worcester to get the winding road that leads to the Elandskloof. From there a little more than ten kilometres gets you to your destination.

It’s worth trying your hand at the Kroonland 4x4 route on the farm – which has the most beautiful views of the valley and its many vines - and if you’re not one for hiking or mountain biking you’ll no doubt head back down the road in search of more. If you do 4x4, consider staying at the campsite from which there are decent hiking and MTB-friendly options. I’m told it can be rather wet in winter but will attest to a very dusty outing of my own. My itinerary included a quick stop at the appointment-only Faraway House Estate (we review their wines on page 6) before turning back towards town and the Kelkiewyn Farm Stall for another bite to eat and a glass of wine on the way back to the office in Franschhoek. A little more time would have included a visit to Dale Elliot’s art studio close by on the main road and if my four-year-old had been around, the vintage tractor museum at Kelkiewyn would have led to the inevitable request to stay for the moonlight drive at Stettyn Farm behind a faithful old red Massey Ferguson (which is fortunately not as old as the antique Farmall at Kelkiewyn, pictured left).

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In the office the Publisher was quick to poke fun at my inability to find “beer in a brewery.” As I scanned through the pictures of the day looking for the couple that we’d take to print, I noticed that he had entered the proper co-ordinates for Kaaimansgat into his iPad and had blocked out a couple of days in his diary.

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Slowly Reaching Equilibrium FNB survey suggests yet more adjustment needed in the local property market


he latest FNB home buying Estate Agent survey reports that the buyers' market which came into being in early 2008 is still very much with us. Supply still exceeds demand in the residential property market, it says, and a state of equilibrium has not yet been reached - even though prices are down by 17% in real terms since then. It also shows the average time taken to sell a property is 17 weeks and six days but this is perhaps less an accurate indicator of demand and more a function of sellers who still cannot face market realities, holding out for prices that buyers will not accept. Various sources suggest this is either because post-2008 buyers who over paid for their homes are unwilling to accept prices significantly below that, or obstinate sellers who bought pre-2008 continuing to

insist on realising the exorbitantly high profits that were obtainable in the 2004 to 2007 era. Both lead to a lengthening of sales times. Local Estate Agents are more upbeat, however, reporting January 2012 as twice as active as January a year ago. Attendances at show houses are also well up and email and website enquiries are at a level “higher than ever before”, they say. One man who is undaunted by the challenges facing the property market is Irish developer Xavier McAuliffe whose landmark building on the Strand beachfront, the 22-storey Hibernian Towers, offers a selection of highly appointed deluxe studios, two bedroom apartments and penthouses with spectacular views of Cape Point and Table Mountain.

McAuliffe, who previously owned the Erinvale Hotel in Somerset West, The Van Riebeeck in Gordon’s Bay and the Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa in Palaborwa, has been investing in South Africa since 1995. At Hans Merensky he developed 79 units on a golf estate bordering the Kruger Park which won recognition for being the best ‘wild animal’ golf course in the country. Giraffe, hippo, crocodile, buck and sometimes elephants often strayed from the Park onto the course.

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Although not quite that wild, the Strand has come a long way from being a fishing village and quaint seaside resort for the wine and wheat farmers of the region. Golf is very much on the agenda for the Hibernian, however, with Erinvale no more than a long iron away, and for those less energetic, the Towers’ foyer offers a hair-

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It’s Not My Fault! No, it’s ours, suggests the Publisher as he asks, “Are we failing our children?”


s I ready myself to write what will wrongly be interpreted as a criticism of parenting, rather than an observation about how it has changed, I brace myself. To delve into matters involving parenting and children requires a thick skin so, as if wearing a suit of armour, I’ll tread carefully.

qualities they seek - tenacity, the ability to work hard, to lead, to take responsibility – but they just can’t find them. So why do our unemployed youth not display these traits? Ironically the answer may lie with the way we have dealt with our own wealth

Quite rightly, the challenges facing today’s youth have enjoyed huge publicity from the ‘Occupy’ movement the worldover. Few ‘have’s’ would deny that inequality exists in opportunity, support systems, security and education – and that at least some portion of ‘success’ in life is due to circumstance, not effort. The ‘circumstance’ of the unlevel playing field is, however, not new. The reason it is with us now is because of the economy – an economy the youth want to be part of but can’t access because, apparently, there are no jobs. I disagree.

the routines of work and discipline and able to devote much of their time to play. A cosy upbringing, a protection for as long as possible from the harsh realities of the world, is a rela-

It wasn’t always the case that our kids were a special segment of society, freed from the routines of work and discipline and able to devote much of their time to play

If we look at it in the cold light of day our job, as parents, is to deliver our children into the world well-equipped to handle whatever life may throw at them. If we fail to do that, no matter how well-meaning, we fail. There is certainly a misguided belief that we must give our kids what ‘we didn’t have’. But are we really doing ourselves (or them) any favours by working hard so we can hand them down our wealth, rather than give them the tools to generate their own? An unhealthy obsession with inheritance only breeds dependence - surely the aim should be to give our kids enough to allow them to do something but not enough to do nothing?

The youth know that we operate in a demand-driven market economy, and to pretend otherwise is akin to complaining after the event that exams are an unfair assessment - even though we knew we’d be judged that way beforehand. In this type of economic system, jobs come from money, and money comes from sales – it’s as simple as that. Circumstance is a temporary hindrance but, unless youth understand how to communicate, how to engage, how to present themselves properly – they can sell neither services nor product. Further, employers are falling over themselves to employ (and pay good money) to young people who display the real

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lege we grant our kids and the age at which we start treating them as adults has, as a result, risen.

and success. Let’s be honest - it wasn’t always the case that our kids were a special segment of society, freed from

tively new concept made possible by society as it increased in sophistication and wealth. Childhood is a privi-

It may not be what parents are keen to hear but, if the youth today can’t find work it is more likely the result of the structural problem of their preparedness – and for that we only have ourselves to blame.

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Recipe of The Month FIVE-SPICE crispy PORK STIR-FRY

Chinese five-spice includes the five basic flavours of Chinese cooking – sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty – but interestingly it is seldom used in Chinese households for day-to-day cooking. If you don’t find it readily enough, make your own! Roast 2tsp of Szechuan (or black) peppercorns for about three minutes and then grind them in a spice grinder with eight star anise pods. Add ½tsp of ground cloves, 1tsp ground cinnamon and 1tbsp of ground fennel. Grind to a very fine powder then store in an air-tight bottle and use with caution - it is a powerful combination.

RECIPE: Norman Mcfarlane



2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice, cooked • 400g pork, very thinly sliced • 2tsp Chinese Five-spice powder • 4tbsp cornflour • 3 large eggs, beaten • 2tbsp treacle sugar • 2tbsp canola oil • 1 onion, chopped • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced • 1 large red (or yellow) pepper, deseeded and diced • 1 cup peas • 1tbsp butter • Salt and pepper to taste


Combine the Five-spice powder, one egg, treacle sugar and the cornflour and mix well; add the sliced pork and coat thoroughly. Heat a large wok until it begins to smoke then add the canola oil. Cook the pork in batches over a high heat, stirring all the time, until it is crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add a little more oil to the wok if needed, along with the onion, garlic, pepper, carrots and peas. Stir-fry over a high heat for about five minutes, or until the vegetables are tender but still crunchy. Add the cooked pork and the rice to the wok, and stir-fry for five minutes.

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Annamé Lotz’s Perfect Picnic-wear Pointers

and give the outfit a bit of an edge and loads of personality. An equally dreamy option, and my personal favourite, involves lace, which is whimsical and romantic and offers sophistication with an old-worldly touch. One of the proven approaches, as demonstrated in the styling shown on this page, involves playing with contrasts: soft florals and tough leather really seem to do the trick, as does creamy lace and a pair of bright violet ‘gumboots’. Feel free to experiment with contrasting textures too, which gives your outfit loads of personality.


s yet another glorious, albeit rather warm at times, Cape summer starts its annual journey into autumn, the dominant fashion mood will begin to change from overtly playful to whimsical and dreamy. So expect to exchange your brights for subdued hues and those block colours for neutrals and floral prints. As the intense heat lets up, you can be sure that picnic baskets will

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abound, with their contents spread out on soft blankets, ready for a memorable date for two or, and this is the bit sure to get more than just a few rather stressed, a ‘relaxed’ wedding reception. Whichever applies, you need to be dressed for the occasion! In keeping with the theme of the approach of autumn, a picnic is the perfect opportunity to play around

Some outfits ask for heels, but you have to be able to walk on grass with them, so opt for a wedge to play it safe. If you have the body to pull off a cat suit, dress it up with heels and a belt to cinch in a sexy waist, otherwise it might look more like a play suit. When it comes to florals, the rules are simple: Floral prints hide a multitude of sins, except big flowers on stretchy fabric; If it clings in all the wrong places, ditch it and Stick to colours that complement your complexion. If you feel that a floral print is too feminine for you, break it with a leather belt or even a pair of boots. Leather items (especially brown ones) contrast floral prints very nicely,

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with a little floral dress or two. Keep the venue in mind when choosing your dress and shoes, as both need to be beautiful yet practical. In fact, the two questions that should be foremost in your mind are: Can I walk in this? And Can I sit on the ground wearing this? Only once you have the practicalities addressed should you move on.

Introducing the more traditionally ‘winter’ items such as boots, heavy leather belts, faux fur bolero’s, etc., extend the life of your wardrobe and should carry you well into the winter. Until then, enjoy the perfect picnic weather that’s on its way, all those lovely outdoor gatherings and every opportunity to dress up!

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99 Not Out Not getting any younger, Dave Rundle ponders the challenges of living longer and plans accordingly


here have been many revolutions over the last century but perhaps none as significant as the LONGEVITY REVOLUTION. On average today, we are living 34 years longer than our great grandparents did. Think about that! That’s an entire second adult lifetime which has been added to our lifespan. And yet, for the most part, our culture has not come to terms with what this means. You’re born, you peak at midlife and decline into decrepitude; age as pathology!


Yet many people today - philosophers, artists, doctors, scientists - are taking a new look at what Jane Fonda calls the third act; the last three decades. They realize that this is actually a developmental stage of life with its own significance and as different from midlife as adolescence is from childhood. And they’re asking – as we should all be asking - how do we use this

time? How do we live it successfully? What is the appropriate metaphor for ageing? Fonda has spent time researching and writing about this subject and concludes that a more appropriate metaphor is a staircase - the upward ascension of the human spirit - bringing wisdom, wholeness and authenticity. Age, not at all as pathology, but as potential. And guess what? This potential is not only for the lucky few. It turns out that most people over 50 feel better, are less stressed, less hostile and less anxious. We tend to see commonalities more than differences. Some studies even suggest we are happier at that age. The crux of the matter is this: we are living much longer than we used to and, when we take retirement age into account, need to make sure that the calculation our financial advisor does for us, is correct. There are always assumptions which need to be

made when doing this sum, (such as inflation, expected returns on capital, tax rates etc.) so he needs to be as conservative as possible. We often come across retired investors with not enough capital who are forced to take risk on their investments in order to live. This is a particularly dangerous environment to be in, especially in this day and age where there is a lot of uncertainty. Plan early and save as much as you can while you are working. Every little bit helps. You will be rewarded down the line for your efforts. This article is solely intended to provide you with objective information about financial products and services and is not intended to constitute a recommendation, guidance or proposal with regard to the suitability of any product in respect of any financial need you may have.

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NEVER UP, NEVER IN Having ‘driven for show’ we now ‘putt for dough’ as SwingFit’s Pierre van Vuuren watches his ‘ifs’ and ‘butts’ This month we’re on the putting green with PGA Professional and Pearl Valley-based SwingFit coach, Pierre van Vuuren, reflecting on the curse of the three (or four) putt, and have asked him to address technique to keep that off our scorecards. “I see many golfers that have a problem with the pace on the greens,” says Pierre, “and they really need to work on their feel.” He suggests an exercise he uses with the Western Provence and Boland squads that not only improves ‘feel’ but gives a clear indication of the ability to judge pace. “We place a piece of rope on the green and tees from 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 feet away and the aim is to putt from those distances

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and get the ball as close as possible to the rope” says Pierre. He then measures, and accumulates, the distance into an error rate and that becomes the target you try to beat. The crucial thing is to add a penalty for short, or ‘lagged’ putts because if even 10% of the putts that go past the hole might drop in, 100% of putts you leave short won’t – that’s for sure. “It fixes your pace but also makes you more aggressive - which is, of course, the aim,” says Pierre.

position when we putt and not have it move around,” says Pierre, “since this improves distance control and accuracy.” If the butt end is moving around that means your hands are moving with it, “and that leads to a lack of accuracy, miss hits and lagged putts.” The curse of the high handicapper! Contact Pierre on 081 474 4695 or

We also spoke about the ‘butt’ end of the club (the grip end) and where it is going when you hit a long putt. “What we try and do is to keep the butt end in the same

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Still An Equity Play? Citadel’s John Kennedy gives us a broad overview of 2011 and looks forward to the rest of 2012 and the risks of protectionism growing as economies looked to ‘protect their turfs’. Much of this will certainly follow us in 2012. The uncertainty in markets over the last twelve months is well illustrated below and the effects of the worries around ‘double dips’, bail outs and the ‘debt drag’ meant that just about all markets ended the year in the red or, in one or two cases, just kept their heads above water. A macro view of the world is telling and a cause for worry - what is evident is a split between growth and price increases amid the deflated developed and the growing emerging world.

US Europe UK Asia

Latin America Africa World Equities World Bonds Hedge Funds




1.7% 0.9% 1.6% 3% 1.4% -0.6% 7.6% 9.2% 8.5% 3% 3.1%

3% 4.4% 2.2% 2.4% 2.5% -0.3% 9% 5.6% 9.9% 6.7% 5%

A major theme that will remain for some time will be that of ‘deleveraging’ as the balance sheets of governments, banks and still many consumers need to be reined in. Consumer patterns have shown a shift to increasing savings and a paying off of debt, and banks aren’t lending to the same extent so increases in consumption will not be as robust as before.

the effects of the worries around ‘double dips’, bail outs and the ‘debt drag’ meant that just about all markets ended the year in the red or, in one or two cases, just kept their heads above water.


3 M INTEREST RATES 0.11% 1.1% 1.26% 1.26% 1.26% 0.15% 8.56% 5.45% 12.8% 10.9% 5.6%

1.6% -15% -4% -16% -19% -22% -23% -14% 2.4% -8% 6% -9%

market was positive when measured in Rands, in US Dollar terms the result for the year was -18% due to the weakening of the Rand/Dollar exchange rate.

The question might be to focus purely on emerging markets where the growth lies but the table below shows that they too had a tough year with only one market slightly up and the bond market being positive. Note that although our local

US UK France Germany Euro Area Japan India China Argentina Brazil South Africa

s&p 500 Euro Area FTSE Japan Hong Kong China Argentina Brazil South Africa All (Citigroup) HFRX ($)

My take away is that many investors’ portfolios (outside of immovable property and business assets) remain primarily equity-centric (somewhere between 60% and 80%) with a combination of local and international equities. This underpins most portfolios as the view is often with a long-term horizon and equities prove to be the best hedge against inflation over this time period.

TO SAY WHO. OMcI 16449


011 was fraught with uncertainty and resultant swings in prices. Markets were exceptionally skittish, reacting both positively and negatively to a raft of information across the spectrum - be it economic, political or social. The year can neatly be summed up as a diverse event-driven ‘newsquake’ ranging from political overthrows and leadership changes, climate issues (the Japanese tsunami), debt management, unemployment, rising social tensions

The solutions to the developed world’s problems are varied but as you’ll note the ability to use monetary policy is limited given the already very low rates currently in place. On the other hand, the capacity to use fiscal spend as a stimulant to growth has also been restrained given too high public debt levels. Until the ‘debt stink’ is dealt with (particularly in Europe) in a coordinated manner it is tough to expect markets to let this go. In an environment like this, inflation (albeit reasonably mild in the developed world) can be a destructive force, particularly when there are negative real interest rates.


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MAR / WOORDFEES In 2011 the Stellenbosch University Woordfees won the kykNET prize as the most popular arts festival in the country. This year the festival is themed “Green” and includes theatre, literature, sports, design, art and music. For the full line-up and times see www. or


MAR / AMAZINK LIVE! Part of the Woordfees 2012 festival – Musical on Miriam Makeba, Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg and others.


MAR / 7.30PM / MOONLIGHT MARKET at The Aphrodisiac Shack, Villiersdorp, 083 682 5030


MAR / 8.15PM / VUSI MAHLASELA & LIZE BEEKMAN Spier Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, www.


MAR / 8.15PM / JANNIE MOOLMAN – DIE SON SAL SKYN Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 7PM / STARLIGHT CLASSICS Light classical concert under the stars, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Cock, the SA Youth Choir, dancers from CT Ballet Company and Ubunti B-boys. Other artists include Joseph Clark, soprano Kelebogile Boikanyo and Charlize Berg. Great Lawn Vergelegen, Vergelegen Wine Estate, Vergelegen, Lourensford Road, Somerset West, 021 847 1334


MAR / VREDE EN LUST DE SAVOYE HARVEST FESTIVAL Red & White theme with Vryersvoetpad 2008 wine to the best dressed couple. R295pp, includes lunch, wine and activities, kids under 12 enter free, ONLY 120 tickets available,


MAR / 7PM / SUMMER CONCERTS with Delta Valley Entertainers, Soetstemme, Delta 5 and Tribal Echo, Solms-Delta, near Franschhoek, 021 874 3937,


MAR / 8.15PM / JANNIE MOOLMAN – DIE SON SAL SKYN Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 4.30PM / HARMONIC BRASS QUINTET The German Harmonic Brass Quintet return to South Africa to perform as part of the Woordfees, Endler Concert Hall, 021 808 2345, academic.sun.

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MAR / 6PM / ROMANZ & GUGULETHU TENORS Neethlingshof, M12 (Polkadraai Road) near Stellenbosch, 021 883 8966, info@neethlingshof.


MAR / 6.30PM / BREAKFAST INCLUDED Jazz, Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 6PM / JAK DE PRIESTER Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, www.computicket.


MAR / 8.15PM / DIS KOUE KOS, SKAT Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 8.15PM / KITAAR-KONINGS with James Grace, Tony Cox, Louis Mahlanga, Dan Patlansky and Richard Onraet, Neethlingshof, M12 (Polkadraai Road) near Stellenbosch, 021 883 8966,


MAR / 8.15PM / DIS KOUE KOS, SKAT Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 8.15PM / BINNEKAMER musiekteater with Deon Opperman, Janine Neethling. Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 8.15PM / KAREN ZOID & ZOLANI MAHOLA Spier Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, www.




Endler Concert Hall, 021 808 2345, academic.sun.


MAR / 8.15PM / PROESSTRAAT Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473,


MAR / 8PM /A VENETIAN TONIC of madrigals by Monteverdi, Cape Consort Baroque Ensemble, Endler Concert Hall, 021 808 2345, academic.


MAR / 8.15PM / KURT DARREN AND KOOS KOMBUIS Neethlingshof, M12 near Stellenbosch, 021 883 8966,


MAR / 7PM / SUMMER CONCERTS with Klein Handjies, Delta 4, Kaapse Affodille, Lekker Lekker Delta, Solms-Delta, 4 MAR / 10AM / EIKENDAL WEINnear Franschhoek, 021 874 TAUFE 2012 Eikendal Estate pays hom3937, www.solms-delta. age to 31 years of quality winemaking with its popular Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 4 March. What started out as an intimate ceremonial blessing to celebrate the end of the harvest at Eikendal more than three decades ago, has evolved into a not-to-be-missed highlight on the Winelands’ social calendar, attracting a vibrant crowd of families and friends each year. Eikendal is known for its acclaimed Chardonnay and superb flagship reds and visitors will get to taste the cellar’s first wine of the 2012 harvest – the flagship Chardonnay– straight from the barrel, after the baptism of this new wine as part of the festivities. Food and wine will be on sale so bring your picnic blanket along and claim your spot at the water’s edge as you enjoy wine tastings, live music, craft stalls, lucky draws, vineyard tractor rides, fly fishing, barrel stomping, pony rides and loads of kids’ entertainment.


MAR / 7PM / VUSI MAHLASELA AND KAREN ZOID UNPLUGGED Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre, www.


MAR / 8.15PM / PROESSTRAAT Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, 021 809 7473, www.


MAR / 8.15PM / DIE HEUWELS FANTASIES Neethlingshof, M12 near Stellenbosch, 021 883 8966, info@


MAR / OMMIBERG “ROUND THE ROCK” FESTIEntrance to the Eikendal Weintaufe VAL PAARL Sample the first 2012 is R60pp and includes a compliof the vintage in view of mentary glass and barrel tasting for the Cape Winelands’ largadults, whilst children under the age of est granite outcrop for a 12 get in for FREE. day-long indulgence at Ommiberg. Enjoy sweetly Tickets will be available at Eikendal seductive part-fermented prior to the event or at the gates on the wine, sumptuous savoury day. The event starts at 10am with the treats, live music and amofficial baptism and tasting of the new Eikendal wine at noon. bient tranquillity at 12 participating wine farms. Eikendal is situated on the R44, midway Top crisp, fresh bread with between Stellenbosch and Somerset charcuterie and cheese and West. For more information on the find a cool spot on a vineEikendal Weintaufe 2012 or to book bedecked lawn to nibble, your tickets prior to the event contact glass in hand. Relax in a redthe cellar on Tel: 021 855 1422 or send wine bath or recline a bit to an email to treat your feet to a grape skin foot massage. Kids can enjoy a pony ride, tractors or slip ‘n slide, balloon shaping, face painting and kids’ croquet. R60 for early-birds at or R70 on the day. Includes unfiltered wine, Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart) and live music. Participating wine estates: Boland Kelder, Druik my Net, Fairview, KWV, Laborie, Mellasat, Nederburg, Rhebokskloof, Ridgeback Wines, Spice

Route, Under Oaks and Windmeul Kelder. More information at


MAR / 6PM / KALEIDOSKOOP AND CHRIS CHAMELEON Neethlingshof, M12 near Stellenbosch


MAR / 6.30PM / MARCUS WYATT & LANGUAGE 12 Oude Libertas Amphitheatre


MAR / 5.30PM / BANNED IN EVOLUTION Fleur du Cap Summer Sunset Concert Series in the Helderberg Nature Reserve, Verster Road, Somerset West, 021 851 4060


MAR / THE 5TH ANNUAL CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL presented in various venues in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, with the 24 March Awards Gala at Artscape,


MAR / 8PM / HANDEL Messiah, Canticum Novum, with conductor Louis van der Watt. Endler Concert Hall


MAR / CAPE GETAWAY SHOW travel and outdoor exhibition, Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West


MAR / 8.30PM / NIANELL Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch


MAR / SPIRITFEST AFRICA Yoga, Dance and Wellness Festival, with classes on Vinyasa, Feldenkrais, Nia, Iyengar, 5 Rhythms, Kundalini – and Laughter Yoga too. Musicians and DJs include Divine Gurus, Dingiswayo, DJ Jubu and Eclectic Electronica. Lievland Estate near Stellenbosch,




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11 MARCH / 10AM / SIMONSBERG WINE ROUTE MARKET DAY Literary art meets wine legends when the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes teams up with the 2012 Stellenbosch University Woordfees (Festival of the Word) for a Word-and-Wine Celebration at participating wine estates on its Greater Simonsberg sub-route from the 9th to the 11th of March. This year South Africa’s oldest and foremost wine route will add a fresh new chapter to the popular Woordfees arts festival by sharing the country’s best authors and icons in the company of esteemed cellars situated along the foot of the Simonsberg, with literature fanatics.


MAR / 2PM / EASTER WITH LABORIE Family event, Laborie Wine Estate, Paarl


MAR / 7PM / THE CREATION BY HANDEL accompanied by pianist Lisa Engelbrecht, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (soprano), Thembinkosi Mgetyengana (tenor) and Thesele Kemane (baritone). La Motte Historic Cellar, La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek Valley, 021 876 8000


MAR / 8PM / ELLE AMOR (PICKNICK CONCERT) Taalmonument, Paarl


MAR / 8.30PM / ZAMAR Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch


MAR / OESFEES with David Kramer, Emo Admas and Chris Chameleon, and lots of traditional Afrikaans music and dance, Solms-Delta Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek Valley, www. see page 4 for more details.


MAR / 8PM / HJ PIANO COMPETITION FINAL University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Corvin Matei accompanies the finalists of the Hennie Joubert Piano Competition. Endler Concert Hall



This unique Word-and-Wine programme includes exclusive, intimate encounters such as a lunch at Morgenhof Estate with award-winning writer Annelie Botes and an inspirational wine- and-dine date with business mogul Jannie Mouton at Uitkyk where he’ll talk about his recently published autobiography. Delheim cellar gems will share the spotlight with the inimitable Riaan Cruywagen while the famous author-brothers, Johan and Christiaan Bakkes, will treat enthusiasts to a ‘snoekbraai and adventure story-telling’ at Kanonkop. On Saturday the 10th, Muratie Estate hauls out the barrels for a harvest festival and families and friends are invited to bring their picnic baskets and claim their spot for a chilled afternoon under the oaks with live music by the Kitchen Jammin Blues Band, grape stomping and estate wines on sale. Entrance fee for the band is R80 per adult. Enthusiasts can also go for an enlightening stroll through the vineyards to learn more about the history of this prominent estate over a glass of fine wine (R30pp, pre-bookings are essential.) The celebrations culminate with a buzzing Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day at Delvera on Sunday the 11th where young and old - bokworms or not can delight in a fun-filled family day, the finest wines from the Simonsberg area, country food, craft stalls with proudly local produce, harvest activities and horse rides. The younger crowd will have barrels of fun in the play corner or enjoy go-cart rides, the trampoline, jungle gym and a Kids’ Theater. Live performances by the vibrant Stellenbosch band, Manouche, celebrated for their foot-stomping, hipswinging jazz vibes, will add rhythmic soul and the Vine Hopper will provide a shuttle service to and from Stellenbosch on the day. The Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day starts at 10am and entry is FREE. Tickets for the individual ‘Word-and-Wine’ events hosted at the various estates are available at Computicket. Seating is limited at most of these bespoke events, so be sure to book early! For more information call 021 886 8275 or visit or


LA MOTTE MUSEUM Apart from its recently acquired collection of Pierneff paintings, and contemporary art, La Motte exhibits tapestries and ceramics by French artist Jean Lurçat (1892–1966), who spear-headed the movement to reinstate tapestry as an art form in France. La Motte, R45, Franschhoek, 9am–5pm Tue–Sun, 021 876 3119,

PAUL EMSLEY – Retrospective (March and April) Paul Emsley is this year’s special featured artist at Woordfees. Opening on 2 March at 7.30pm, Frank Kilbourn, a trustee of the Bright Foundation, presents the opening address for this retrospective exhibition. Emsley is best known

WILLEM STRYDOM (UNTIL 1 SEPTEMBER) Strydom, who lives in Nieuwoudtville, “has a deep empathy for the life forms that inhabit the arid landscapes of the South African hinterland” and his rich imagery includes not only the animals and plant forms but also the people of this


MAR / 4PM / JAZZ & TAPAS with The Cape Dutch Connection at Hartenberg Estate Bottelary Road Stellenbosch

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for large and scrupulously-observed portraits, such as those of Nelson Mandela or V.S. Naipaul. Walkabouts of the exhibition are offered by Emsley himself on 7 March at 5.30pm, and by the curator Amanda Botha on 10 March at 3pm. SASOL Art Museum, Stellenbosch University, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, 9am–4.30pm Tue–Fri, 9am–4pm Sat, 021 808 3691

austere environment.” (Tim Maggs) Sculptures and other artwork. Rupert Museum, Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch, 9.30am–1pm, 2pm–4pm Mon–Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, 021 888 3344, www.

ed ’s c hoi c e 21 MARCH (PUBLIC HOLIDAY) / 10AM3PM / ASARA PURE FOOD HARVEST MARKET After the huge success of Asara’s first Pure Food Market in December, they have decided to do it again! This time the market will celebrate Asara’s Summer Harvest, with entertainment for the whole family and the kids in particular are invited to bring along an empty container, which they can fill with freshly pressed juices from the Asara vineyard’s grapes (and no dad, a 50l Jerry Can isn’t a good idea!). Relax with live music, take in the breathtaking mountain and vineyard views, enjoy the seasonal fruits and vegetables, vine yard views, enjoy the seasonal fruits and vegetables, gourmet meats, artisanal cheeses, Asara’s freshly baked breads, handmade macaroons and of course, the Asara wines on offer. Kids’ activities will keep them entertained and includes face-painting. Entry is free. Visit www.


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24 MARCH / ABSA WEALTH 5 NATIONS INVITATIONAL POLO CLASSIC Val de Vie Estate plays host to international polo players from England, Holland, Pakistan and Poland Set to become an annual event, this polo tournament will feature an invitational of some of the top international polo players from countries such as England, Holland, Pakistan and Poland, and will provide an entertaining and stylish day out for ABSA Wealth’s top clients and other corporates wishing to provide a platform for their VIP clients to network, enjoy fine whiskey, food, wine and polo Different to its other polo event counterparts, the 5 Nations will start only in the late afternoon, and offer a host of entertainment throughout the evening. Guests will be welcomed by an old fashioned Swing Band and a grand display of Vintage Cars. There will be a fashion showcase with a twist before the main match whilst an elegant evening of old-school glamour awaits in Val de Vie’s elegant ballroom. Guests will be entertained by a Whiskey & Cigar lounge as well as a Brandy & Chocolate Lounge later in the evening, all dressed in an elegant masculine theme reminiscent of an old gentleman’s club. A Spanish guitarist will add to the mix later in the evening, and there will be a number of interesting food and wine pairings on offer throughout the evening. For more information, visit, or call 021 863 3191.

24 MARCH / 2PM / EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT LABORIE Celebrate Easter in style with family and friends at Laborie Wine Farm’s fun-filled Easter Festival with a multitude of fun activities for young and old. Live entertainment will ensure that the adults can sit back and relax whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly or wine as the kids enjoy themselves on the sprawling and immaculate lawns of the Laborie Manor House. Kids’ activities, available throughout the day, will include a special appearance by the Easter Bunny, and face painting, jumping castles, a clown show and more will keep them entertained. A highlight of the day is the exciting Easter egg hunt at 4pm in which kids will hunt for gold coins to exchange for a scrumptious hamper of Easter eggs. Gates open at 2pm with an entrance fee of R100 for adults (which includes two glasses of wine) and R60 for children, which includes the Easter egg hunt and other fun-filled activities. Tickets can be purchased directly from Webtickets at www. For more information contact 021 807 3390, email info@laboriewines. or visit


One lucky The Month reader and partner stand the chance to win an overnight stay at Laborie (bed and breakfast) and a two-course dinner at Harvest*. Simply SMS the word Month and your name and contact details and the name of the suburb in which you live to 36968 or email the same details to *Coffee, tea and any other drinks (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) for their own account.

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The White Wine Ou on why press releases are not for him Dear wine PR person, I know that times are hard, and that your clients are on your back for increased exposure, but upping the pressure on the goose that lays the golden eggs viz. the lesser spotted Cape wine writer (acknowledgment to Neil Pendock for this hilarious classification!), will achieve little other than ticking us off, so perhaps a couple of pointers on how to get the best out of us: I receive about eight to ten press releases a day, all of which I am expected to publish. Considering the column centimetres available to most wine hacks, I’m sure you’ll understand that it’s an impossibility. Accordingly, if you telephone me and ask a) “Did you get my press release?” and b) “When are you going to use it?” my response will likely be “Yes” and “I’m not.”


By all means exclude me from your invitation list for client events (I get far more than I can possibly attend or write about), but if you do, don’t send me a press release subsequently which commences as follows: “The crème de la crème of food and wine writers recently

gathered at <expensive venue> and enjoyed the wines of <client> paired with the wonderful food of<potential client>.” I’m hardly likely to submit it to any of the publications for which I write, now am I? If I do accept an invitation, I do so on the understanding that I may or may not write about the experience entirely at my own discretion. I should add that on occasion you may well be grateful that I have chosen not to write about an experience at one of your clients! Do not badger me with “When are you going to write about <client>?” If I do write about it, you are not entitled to see the copy beforehand. When you send out a press release, please send it to just ONE person at each publication. Sending it to every person for whom you have an email address, couched in terms which make it appear that only one person received it, is misleading. If it is indeed worthy of publication (and note that this is definitely not always the case with press releases), it causes everybody to forward it for possible consideration at each publication, a waste of time and expensive Internet bandwidth.

When one of the many wine competitions happens, please don’t send me a press release about the achievements (bronze, silver and gold) of each and every one of each and every client’s wines. Bear in mind that I will have received the entire result of the competition beforehand, and therefore know who won what. If it’s a really big competition, with hundreds of medals awarded, it would require a special edition of every publication I write for in order to publish the blizzard of wordy, hyperbolic copy that I receive. Since pretty much all the publications that carry wine content are

dependent on advertising revenue, wouldn’t it make sense to persuade your client to take an advertisement periodically, rather than constantly trying to cadge free column centimetres, for which you bill your client anyway? If you doubt in any way the veracity of what I am suggesting, bear in mind the following: once the pending alcohol advertising ban is implemented, as it inevitably will be, you’ll be even more dependent on us wine hacks to get the word out about your clients and their products.

A Question of Sanity Ria Kruger reviews Room by Emma Donoghue


his shortlisted candidate for the 2010 Man Booker prize is simultaneously profoundly affecting and endearingly uplifting, despite the grim subject matter. It is the story of the very limited life experience of five-year-old Jack, living with his Ma in a very small room where he was conceived and born and which he has never left. Unbeknown to him, they are locked-in prisoners of Old Nick who comes to the room every night to rape Ma after she has stowed Jack safely away in the wardrobe. The charm of this wonderful read lies with the narrator’s voice, little Jack, and

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his innocent and quirky perspective on their world called Room, in which all the furniture and objects feature as characters from Jack’s perspective, and the world he and Ma watch on TV he is led to believe is a fictitious world of pretence. Ma protects this progeny of her and her captor against the knowledge of their imprisonment by creating a routine as normal as she can realistically conceive in a room so small. Every morning they run around Track for exercise; they have regular meal times; Jack eats with Meltedy Spoon and she constantly keeps him occupied with invented games and stories - also to keep her own mind sane. The fact that she still breastfeeds him at age five would

normally raise eyebrows but in this instance the reader quickly realises that Ma probably did not want to deprive her son from this only comfort in their grim circumstances. The second half of the novel deals with their escape and the adjustment Jack has to go through in a world he believed was fictional while his mother fights her own battles due to her terrible ordeal. It is truly a triumphant story about a mother’s limitless love and fighting spirit to protect her child from a terrible truth. Emma Donoghue deserves all the praise she received for this novel as she nuanced the gut-wrenching plot in a masterly and very original voice.

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Food stalls will serve

traditional Kaapse kos throughout the day and a cash bar for wine and soft drinks will be available.

Pre-booking: R95 (limited special) Pre-booking: R110 Gate: R130 (on the day) Children U12: Free Tickets available at Solms-Delta or online at Follow us on Twitter@solms_delta #oesfees


The Month - Quick Crossword #14 DOWN 1 Wealthy (4) 2 Walking stealthily (8) 3 Astounded (6) 4 The mouth of a river (7) 5 Scribe (archaic) (8) 6 An Australian stork (6) 7 Employ (4) 14 Our planet (5) 16 Rubber wheels (5) 18 One who compels (8)

The winner of a romantic break for two at Asara is Anthea Hendricks from Paarl. We can’t wait for the pics Anthea!

20 Remembrances (8) 21 Silk-screened or litho'd, for example (7) 23 7th planet (6) 25 Forever (6) 27 Wharf (4) 29 Outer membranous covering (4)


COMPETITION: All competitions close on the 24th of the current month (unless otherwise stated); winners will be contacted by phone or email, must be over 18 (unless otherwise stated), must be prepared to allow their names to appear in print in The Month, and may be required to pay delivery costs; the Ed’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into - unless the Ed is having a really great day. SMS: SMSs charged at R1.50/SMS. Free SMSs do not apply. Errors billed. Sender must have the bill payer’s permission. You may be contacted in the future by SMS unless you opt-out.

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8 Tab (4) 9 Melodies (5) 10 Eager (4) 11 A brightly printed fabric (6) 12 Uses (8) 13 Something that causes you to remember (8) 15 Has faith in someone (6)

17 Sedated (7)

31 An abrasive board (5)

19 Earthquakes (7)

32 Otherwise (4)

22 Dross or rubbish (archaic) (6) 24 Located farthest back (8) 26 A unit of planes (8) 28 Deserving (6) 30 Hawaiian island (4)

solution pG 24 DON’T CHEAT!

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3 Jana and Alex Brodbeck from the Marianne Wine Estate launched their 2011 RosÉ at a party held on the farm on Saturday, 28th January with a ‘something pink!’ dress code. About 70 guests enjoyed delicious treats from the nearby Olivello Restaurant and enjoyed the sunset to the sounds of South African Blues Queen, Natasha Meister.

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Haute CabriÉre and La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek offer great food, wine, views over the valley and live music with which to watch the sun set on Thursdays and Fridays respectively, all through the summer months.







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Mark Solms looks on as Archbishop Emiritas, Desmond Tutu, signs the historic Franschhoek Charter recently - read all about it at

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