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SOUTHERN LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

AUTUMN 2019

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CHEF PETER TEMPELHOFF’S NEW RESTAURANT

WOMEN IN WINE

SIX INSPIRATIONAL WINEMAKERS

HOLY SHIP!

A LOOK AT THE SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

City Living

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EVENTS Keep busy this season

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PACKAGED IN NATURE A look inside a peaceful retreat in Kommetjie

BETWEEN THE CITY & THE SKY A family home designed to take advantage of its surroundings

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DÉCOR TRENDS Modern minimalist & Welcome home

THAT ALFRESCO LIFE Spending time outdoors can improve your mood

FOOD FOR THE SOUL Nourishing & delicious recipes

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THE CAPE’S PEARL Paarl, the perfect getaway

A PLACE TO DREAM Morocco, a hot travel trend

SKYDIVING IN CAPE TOWN The fulfilment of humankind’s greatest dream

HIT THE ROAD – CAR REVIEWS Mercedes-Benz A-Class & Jaguar XE 300 Sport

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SPOTLIGHT ON CRAFT New, innovative craft brews

HOLY SHIP! Heaven is a place on earth, Seven Seas Explorer

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nd just like that, summer draws to an end and autumn is upon us. Fortunately, it’s a beautiful season in Cape Town, and we look forward to clear days and crisp evenings before winter creeps up on us. Take advantage of this wonderful time of year with a day trip to Paarl, where you’ll find some of the winelands’ best food and wine. Or, if the travel bug has you dreaming of somewhere more exotic, there’s no place quite like Morocco to tantalise the senses. In this issue, we take a look at the season’s best wines as well as some of the most exciting craft beers, ciders and speciality spirits currently on the local scene. Don’t miss our pick of new fashion and décor trends, and be inspired by our selection of autumn recipes — we guarantee you’ll impress your friends and family with these sumptuous flavours. We hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together! Email me at lauren@southernvines.co.za

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Three South African artists, each unique in their background and thematic concerns, create work that is thought-provoking and complex. From the effects of urbanisation to the intricate nature of identity and the nuance of social interaction, these artists’ pieces stir up a range of issues relevant to local and global audiences alike.

ANDREW NTSHABELE Born in the small town of Moruleng in North West, Andrew Ntshabele moved to Johannesburg as a child, where he spent most of his formative years. He studied Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg, where he was awarded the Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts merit award in his third year. He has since exhibited his work at various spaces around the city. Much of Andrew’s work centres on the theme of urbanisation, and he draws inspiration from his own experiences of growing up in Johannesburg. His pieces, which are based on actual photographs he takes on his daily travels around the inner city and its outskirts, act as a social commentary on the socio-economic challenges faced by many of Johannesburg’s inhabitants. Andrew works with a combination of acrylic paint and collage to create work that deals with relevant issues like urban decay and the effects of rapid urbanisation on people’s living conditions in spaces.

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All artists work can be found at StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town www.stateoftheartgallery.com

CORNÉ EKSTEEN Corné Eksteen studied towards a degree in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa before going on to work in various positions in menswear design, interior decorating, and digital design. He began exhibiting his work in 1996, and his pieces have since been shown at exhibitions around the country, including galleries in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg. His work also appears in private collections in Germany, Sweden, and the United States. Corné’s work consists mainly of portraits, through which he explores themes of identity and its deconstruction. These pieces are designed to spark discussion about the complexity of personal identity as a series of fragmented concepts in a constant state of change. He draws inspiration from the world around him and describes himself as an ‘obsessive observer’, always with a camera in hand.

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MILA POSTHUMUS Mila Posthumus grew up in Cape Town and currently lives and works on a farm in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries across the country. The South African landscape, in particular, the city and town-scape, was central in her earlier work but, in recent years her focus has shifted toward portraiture and paintings with a decidedly narrative slant. Her characters are depicted with carefully observed emotion, and one has a sense of being offered a glimpse of a larger, unfolding story. One of the artist’s evocative works can be seen in the permanent collection at the War Museum of the Boer Republic in Bloemfontein. Mila works in oil on canvas and uses a limited colour palette which adds to the voyeuristic undertones in her paintings, making them appear almost like faded photographs. SV

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CHICAGO THE MUSICAL The killer hit musical Chicago makes its rambunctious return to South Africa for one month of razzle-dazzle at the Artscape Opera House. This award-winning musical unfolds to show-stopping songs performed by a multitalented all-South African touring cast, band, and crew. When: 15 March – 14 April 2019 Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, Foreshore Entry: R200 – R500 p/p, www.computicket.com

THE GRAND WHITE 2019 marks the 6th anniversary of The Grand White, an extravagant gala event that features delicious food, live music, comedy, and this year, a fashion show. The venue is kept secret and the dress code is white with a touch of gold. When: 9 March 2019 Where: Secret location in Cape Town Entry: R350 – R1000 p/p, http://tickets.thegrandwhite.com

KAMERS/MAKERS CAPE TOWN 2019 What started as a small Stellenbosch-based enterprise has since soared into a national treasure that attracts hundreds of talented artisans and tens of thousands of visitors. KAMERS/Makers Cape Town is an expo for handcrafted design that presents a fascinating tension between old and new. When: 16 - 19 March 2019 Where: Jan van Riebeeck High School, Kloof Street Entry: R60 – R120 p/p, www.plankton.mobi

ED SHEERAN LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Ed Sheeran is the singer songwriter behind smash hits “All of the stars”, “Thinking out loud”, and “Shape of you” and now, for the first time ever, he’s making his way to South Africa for a live concert presented by AEG and Big Concerts. When: 27 - 28 March 2019 Where: Cape Town Stadium, Green Point Entry: R395 – R1 360 p/p, www.computicket.com 32 SOUTHERN VINES AUTUMN 2019

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TWO OCEANS MARATHON Known globally as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is a 56 km ultramarathon and 21 km half-marathon held annually over the Easter weekend. The race is run against the spectacularly beautiful backdrop of the Cape Peninsula. When: 20 April 2019 Where: Start venue: Main Road corner Dean Street, Newlands Web: www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

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OYSTERS, BUBBLES & BLANC FESTIVAL The annual Oyster and Champagne festival goes even bigger and better this year with the addition of a few local Sauvignon Blanc producers. This effervescent affair celebrates all things bubbly, from locally crafted Cap Classiques and French Champagne to Italian Prosecco and Cava from Spain. These are paired with delicious, fresh oysters from the west coast of South Africa. There’s also live music, celebrity chef demonstrations, and oyster shucking competitions. When: 27 April 2019 Where: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Wine Valley Entry: R200 p/p – no under 18’s allowed, www.computicket.com

THE GALILEO OPEN AIR THEATRE Hosted by a constellation of venues around Cape Town and the winelands, the Galileo Open Air Theatre is a summertime favourite. Bring a picnic basket (backrests and blankets for hire) and watch a classic movie or modern blockbuster under the stars. When: Tuesdays to Sundays until 21 April 2019 Where: Various venues (thegalileo.co.za/venues) Entry: R89 - R175 p/p, www.webtickets.co.za or R100+ at the door

SA CHEESE FESTIVAL 2019 Demolish your way through mountains of cheese, wine, charcuterie, freshly baked bread, olive oil, and a bevvy of other artisanal, locally concocted treats at this annual April festival, celebrating its 18th anniversary, an experience not to be missed. When: 26 – 28 April 2019 Where: Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch Entry: R180 adults | R120 pensioners | R20 children U13, www.computicket.com

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DECOREX 2019 Decorex is the pinnacle of the annual design calendar in Cape Town, with design, décor, appliance, home, kitchen, and hardware retailers from all over the country setting up stands to showcase their product ranges, services, and latest innovations. When: 1 – 5 May 2019 Where: CTICC Entry: R110 adults | R100 pensioners and students R20 children U12, www.Computicket.com

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RIEBEEK VALLEY OLIVE FESTIVAL Experience an abundance of olives, wine, craft beer, and good food in the twin Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West at this charming olive festival. A ticket gets you access to all seven participating venues. When: 4 – 5 May 2019 Where: Various venues in Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West Entry: R125 p/p weekend pass | R80 Sunday pass, www.riebeekvalleyolivefestival.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK LITERARY FESTIVAL The historic town of Franschhoek welcomes bibliophiles for a weekend of book readings, workshops, discussions, and book signings by local and international authors, and much more. When: 17 – 19 May 2019 Where: Various Franschhoek venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other Entry: R70 p/p for individual events, unless otherwise specified (limited number of R20 student tickets); available at www.webtickets.co.za from 18 March 2019

BAY HARBOUR MARKET, HOUT BAY From Friday to Sunday every weekend, the refurbished fish factory in the old part of Hout Bay’s historic harbour comes to life with hundreds of craft stalls and an incredible selection of food and beverage vendors. From local art and beautiful clothing to quirky trinkets, craft beer, and delicious, freshly made food, the Bay Harbour Market is a firm favourite. When: Every Friday, 17h00 – 21h00, Saturday & Sunday, 09h30 – 16h00 Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay Entry: Free; www.bayharbour.co.za

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enturies ago, while the West was tucking into one-dimensional meals served in grubby pubs or ostentatious eateries, the Japanese had perfected an elegant and refined style of dining that was engineered to engage all of the five senses: taste, touch, aroma, sight, and sound. This is Kaiseki dining, in which no single element is superlative or frivolous; each ingredient is honoured and exists in harmony with each other. And it’s this experience that Chef de Patron Peter Tempelhoff, Chef Ashley Moss (formerly of Greenhouse), and general manager Jennifer Hugé (formerly of La Colombe) have successfully created in FYN.

diners, a stunning art installation of cascading wooden beads softens the otherwise industrial ceiling, making it feel as though you’ve wandered into a thickly wooded, possibly enchanted forest. All of these warm, earthy tones are juxtaposed by the stainless steel of the kitchen, which is a part of the dining room, enabling guests to watch the chefs briskly and expertly conjure up FYN’s innovative dishes. It’s fabulous entertainment without

to Japanese cuisine, tradition, and food theatre. From the positioning of the plates and utensils on the table to the harmonious interplay of ingredients, Kaiseki-style dining pays careful consideration to every element that plays a role during the meal, providing diners with a multi-sensory pleasure experience. At FYN, each course arrives upon the table like a gentle tide bringing with it a selection of carefully composed bites that are exquisite in flavour, balanced

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in texture, and immaculate in presentation.

DARK, SULTRY, AND ORGANIC Five floors up in the sky, FYN overlooks the historic Church Square on Parliament Street and, beyond that, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Inside, the décor is dark, sultry, and organic with a natural palette of dark woods, olive green leather upholstery, and stonework features. Above the

JAPANESE, IF YOU PLEASE

THE FIRST TIDE: BENTO-STYLE CANAPÉS

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crispy chewy nugget of rice with sustainably caught fish, umami aioli, wasabi furikake, and soy gel; spiced chicken, coconut yoghurt, spring onion, and wakame (a type of edible seaweed); and daikon maki with sesame mayonnaise and gardenia fruit prepared three ways. This was followed by an interlude of bone marrow butter rolled in black onion ash, served with minibaguettes so fresh out the fire that they exhaled a blast of steam as we cracked them open.

THE SECOND TIDE: KAISEKI TRAY Then came the Kaiseki tray featuring ramen noodles made from cuts of squid meat cooked in a rich buttery sauce; king oyster mushroom, celeriac, and leeks in a black truffle eel sauce; a tempura marogo leaf, quinoa, and chives; and game fish with seaweed dressing, koji cucumber, and katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna). This was followed by grass-fed beef with Sancho pepper and ponzu. Between the two tides, Chef Peter Tempelhoff presented us with a delightful, interactive palate cleansing experience. Into a small bowl filled with edible flower petals and herbs, he poured a small measure of liquid nitrogen from a stainless steel vessel, which bubbled, fizzed, and evaporated right before our eyes, leaving the petals and herbs frozen solid. We were instructed to take a little pestle and grind the contents of the bowl into a fine powder. He then placed a dollop of celery sorbet into the remains and voila: a palate cleanser that successfully engaged the eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouth!

THE THIRD TIDE: SWEET KAISEKI The final course consisted of cherry “cheesecake”; Madagascan

FYN is situated at 5th Floor, Speaker’s Corner building, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town. For more information call 021 286 2733 or visit the website www.fynrestaurant.com. chocolate chips, salted Japanese plums, and fennel ice-cream; and blueberries with yuzu and coconut, paired with a dessert glass of the honey sweet Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2014. Throughout the meal – all three heavenly tides of it - Chef Peter Tempelhoff carried the theme of serving small, perfectly balanced dishes. We were also struck by the intelligence of the carefully curated wine pairings and the delicious accents the wine imparted to the meal, from the fresh and fruity Saurwein “Chi” Riesling 2018 to the exquisite, complex, and velvety Morgenster “Lourens River Valley” 2003 Bordeaux-style blend.

DARLING OF THE CAPE TOWN FOOD SCENE Our meal at FYN was, truthfully, one of the best food experiences we’ve had. Every bite was new, interesting, and delicious and no corner of the palate wanted for seasoning or texture. With flawless service and a brilliant wine selection, we were left utterly bowled over. Chef Peter Tempelhoff, Chef Ashley Moss, and manager Jennifer Hugé have built something spectacular and its clear why FYN has so quickly endeared itself to the Cape Town food scene. SV

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NEW RESTAURANTS WHAT’S HOT

FOUR EXCITING NEW RESTAURANTS IN CAPE TOWN, EACH WITH SOMETHING SPECIAL AND UNIQUE TO OFFER!

Top notch, bistro-style fare paired with beautiful wines from across the country; a stunningly decorated venue with an exotic atmosphere and Saturday night DJ; a breath-taking location in the middle of Constantia’s untamed Cecilia Forest; and a menu inspired by a childhood growing up on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean… This issue, we take a look at four remarkably different restaurants in Cape Town, each of which has something special and totally unique to offer. What they have in common, however, is that they’re all relatively new to the Cape Town foodie scene, yet are already receiving positive reviews.

GRUB & VINE Grub & Vine is a small, modern inner-city eatery that serves refined bistro-style food by Chef Matt Manning (previously of La Colombe) and beautiful wine by some of South Africa’s most respected estates. It’s cool and sexy with a relaxed, contemporary feel that’s made it a fast favourite amongst groups

of friends and professionals who work in the city. There’s also an in-house sommelier, Keize Mumba, to help guests choose that perfect bottle/s of wine off the menu. A 103 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre C 076 256 8654, info@mattmanningchef.com W www.grubandvine.co.za

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MACAU ASIAN TAVERN Macau, with its stunningly decorated interior, exotic atmosphere, and the historic charm of being located in an old Victorian building, is an exciting, Asian-inspired restaurant with a sushi bar in the city centre. Named after a region in China that was colonised by the Portuguese, guests can expect a unique menu that is a hybrid of many cuisines, from southern Chinese and Portuguese to Southeast Asian and Indian. On Thursday, Macau brings in a local or international DJ for a little live entertainment! A 101 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre C 021 422 2400, info@macauct.co.za W Find them on Facebook

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PHANTOM AT PURPLE RAYN Purple Rayn is an opulent and glamorous new guesthouse tucked away in the magical Cecilia Forest in Constantia. Its rooftop restaurant, Phantom, offers lovely forest and cityscape views in a luxurious setting with authentic, mouthwatering Asian-inspired fare by Executive Chef Warren Carney (previously of Madam Zingara). And if the fancy takes you, head down to the gold marble cocktail lounge and sushi bar before or after dinner for a little extra indulgence. A 9 Bellevue Avenue, Bel Ombre, Constantia C 021 110 0756, enquiries@purplerayn.co.za W www.purplerayn.co.za

KWÉYÒL AT BOTANIK SOCIAL HOUSE This colourful Caribbeanstyle restaurant by the multitalented, international model and businesswoman Mala Bryan has just opened at Botanik Social House, located across the road from the Company Gardens. Her food – inspired by her childhood in St. Lucia - is lovingly prepared, simply presented, and exuberant in flavour. Try the brown-stewed lamb neck (fall-off-the-bone tender) and Haitian slaw or the jerk-style chicken. The rum cocktails are excellent, too! A 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town City Centre C 021 424 5306, reservations@ kweyolcapetown.com W www.kweyolcapetown.co.za SV

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Packaged In

Nature Tucked away in a grove of milkwood trees in a small village outside Cape Town, this coastal home blends in with its natural surroundings while offering its owners a peaceful retreat.

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t was a series of chance encounters that the plot a few weeks later. The couple was determined led to Jens and Marie Glasenapp building a to turn this ‘complicated’ piece of land into its dream holiday home in Cape Town’s surfing village of escape for family and friends, and their offer to Kommetjie. The couple, who lives on the purchase was accepted. French island of Réunion, began travelling to With the help of Jens’ brother Torsten, a BerlinSouth Africa to encourage their three children to based architect and partner at Müller Reimann, they practice English. designed a home that would become what Torsten During one of describes as these countrywide ‘compact, precise road trips, while and focused’. waiting for his ‘We just wanted family outside a small, compact Fisherman’s, a one-storey beach popular restaurant in house,’ explains Jens Kommetjie, Jens, a of his simple brief German cardiologist, to Torsten. But his happened to meet brother insisted on Willi, an Austrian going up another estate agent in the level to maximise the area. Conversing in ocean and mountain their common lingua views. The result franca, the two men is a 110-squarehopped into Willi’s metre home, with car and went for a a double-volume quick coastal drive. ceiling over the ‘I wasn’t interested living area, a master in buying anything. bedroom situated I was just enjoying above the garage, Willi’s company,’ and a planted Jens insists. ‘And I rooftop terrace open didn’t want to live in to the astounding an estate,’ he says, panorama. referring to the way Planning to visit in which some South Kommetjie at Africans reside in least twice a year, walled-up security the Glasenapps complexes. intend to take full An open piece of advantage of their land did, however, love for mountain Above: Marie and Jens Glasenapp enjoy the lock-up-and-leave style pique his interest. runs, surfing and of their Cape Town holiday home. Visiting their Kommetjie house ‘But Willi said it kitesurfing in this a few times a year affords them a similar beach-and-mountain lifestyle to the one they’re accustomed to in Réunion, where they live with was “complicated”. very welcoming their three children the rest of the year. It was not suitable yet quiet seaside Below: When viewed from the road below, the home is scarcely for construction getaway. ‘The people visible, the now-greying garapa wood of the cladding blends in and had a peculiar of Kommetjie are perfectly with the natural surrounds of trees and mountainscapes. triangular shape,’ very open, so it was Jens explains of surprisingly easy the 388-squareto make friends to metre plot that share all sorts of sits in the middle activities,’ smiles of a large piece Marie. of protected land ‘Our home is like vegetated mainly an island between by indigenous all the milkwood milkwood trees. trees,’ says Jens, Jens’ wife Marie, a referencing the French midwife, was 1500-square-metre equally struck by reserve surrounding the property when the property. ‘It’s just he took her to view a magical spot.’ >>

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The kitchen, designed by Tim Lewis, and manufactured by M & L Creative Kitchens, is a linear, one-wall set-up, similar to what the couple has in their Réunion home. ‘We’d originally wanted it to be all white, but with the grey of the floors and walls, it would have been too cold,’ says Jens of Marie’s choice to add touches of turquoise. Many a vegetarian meal is cooked here and enjoyed on the six-seater dining set from Weylandts. The Tam Tam light adds additional playfulness and colour to the open-plan space.

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The open-plan living area has been furnished with soft shades of colour that both contrast and blend with the grey walls. A couch and armchairs from Sofa Company maintain the blue-grey tonality, with mustard-coloured cushions and a green ottoman offering brighter pops.

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Above: A bathroom is shared by the two bedrooms on the ground floor, its Boffi fittings keeping with the stylish look of the home. Left: The master bedroom is positioned on the top storey of the home, above the garage, affording it spectacular mountain views from the bay window looking out from the bed. Here, a cushioned nook has been created for casual seating from which to enjoy this panorama.

A stairway leads up to the rooftop terrace where Jens and Marie can often be found exercising with a view.

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The top storey master bedroom’s bay window affords spectacular mountain views from the bed. Fitted with cushioned inset seating, it’s the reflective space in which to enjoy the peaceful energy of the property. Wooden ‘screens’ inform the perimeter and act as a deterrent to trespassers. ‘We didn’t want any fences,’ says Jens of the property that is otherwise open to its surroundings. Below: The mountainside home overlooks Kommetjie’s 100-year-old Slangkop Lighthouse. SV

Sliding doors on opposite ends of the living area mean a constant connection with both sides of the garden, where indigenous plants and milkwood trees offer an abundance of greenery.

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BETWEEN THE CITY & THE SKY Located below Lion’s Head, with views over Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the city of Cape Town and the Boland mountain range beyond, this family home is designed to take advantage of its surroundings in all the best ways.

BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL ARCHITECTS: SAOTA PHOTOGRAPHERS: ADAM LETCH & MICKY HOYLE

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A showroom with

From the initial wet works to the final touches, our showroom boasts an extensive hand picked collection of only the finest products selected from over 100+ brands.

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esigned by architect firm SAOTA, this family home boasts breath-taking views in every direction. In fact, the house was shaped in such a way that it takes in as much of the natural surroundings as possible. The inverted

pyramid roof creates a clerestory window around the upper level to capture the views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, while also providing visual access to the sky to allow the sun and moon into the home. In this space the connection to nature and her cycles is palpable.

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THE LEVELS The home consists of three separate levels, each of which has its own set of gardens and courtyards. The gardens stretch from the surface of the mountain down against the side of the house, which helps to block out the sight of neighbouring buildings, and strengthens the relationship with nature that is so central to the space. Most of the home’s living spaces can be found on the top level, which includes an openplan kitchen, a dining room, and lounge. The best views, which extend well over the city and to the winelands in the distance can be enjoyed from this level. The swimming pool and outdoor deck area merge with the surrounding trees and bush and look over both green space and cityscape. The family’s bedrooms and workspaces are located on the mid-level, while the lower level consists of a garage, gym, cinema, and guest room.

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THE EXTERIOR The exterior of the house is a contemporary dark grey, while its stone wall is built in traditional Cape style. Although located on a busy street, very little about the home is actually revealed from the outside. A large metal door sits between the stone wall and the house itself and leads into a small entrance lobby connected to a courtyard garden. Upon entering, there is an immediate sense of privacy, and a few steps lead up to the living space and its panoramic views of the city and nearby mountains. At night, an inverted pyramid roof glows to create a giant lightbox effect, a unique touch to the building’s sleek design.

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THE DÉCOR Despite being a family home, the interior is sophisticated, with clean lines, neutral shades and plenty of natural light. The use of washed oak gives the home a sense of warmth, while details like a walllong bookshelf offer a lived-in feel. The space is furnished with OKHA furniture, with a Hunt sofa, Nicci Nouveau and Miles armchairs on the upper and middle levels. A Planalto dining table creates a stylish focal point near the second-floor courtyard and acts as both a work and personal space for the family. Attention to detail is everything in this home, and dÊcor elements like the OKHA floor lamps contribute to the overall elegance of the place. SV

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alfresco life

Spending time outdoors can improve your mood, lower your risk of developing certain diseases, and even help you recover from illness quicker. What are you waiting for? BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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ape Town offers a variety of outdoor pursuits, so for many locals, spending time in nature is really quite easy. From beaches and walking trails to seaside promenades and picnic sites, there are a number of options to choose from on any given weekend. Even so, many of us still end up spending most of our time inside as we try to balance work and home life. But, did you know that there is more to spending time outdoors than enjoying the views? According to a number of studies, being outside could go a long way in improving overall wellness. So, if you’re tempted to spend your weekend on the couch, think again. Put on your shoes and head out the door, for the sake of your health.

It’s no secret that physical activity helps to elevate mood and aid relaxation, but research now suggests that exercising in nature has added benefits, particularly in relation to mental health. Researchers at the UK’s University of Essex have dubbed the concept ‘green exercise’ and found that it helps to improve mood, promote better sleep, and boost self-esteem. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate ‘green exercise’ into your own regime, try one of the city’s walking trails. The Pipe Track is a Cape Town favourite — beginning at the junction of Kloof Nek and Tafelberg Road, the track extends along the side of Table Mountain, offering beautiful views over the Atlantic seaboard. It’s a relatively flat route, which makes it a good family stroll, plus it’s dog-friendly. Alternatively, outdoor yoga is a great way to both connect with nature and strengthen your body. The Om Revolution hosts outdoor classes in various locations around the city, including The Company’s

The Pipe Track

Garden, off the promenade at Mouille Point, and on Clifton Third Beach.

REAP THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D Also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D has a number of benefits, with some studies even suggesting that it could offer some protection against certain diseases, including heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to get your fix of the vitamin, as just 15 minutes of sun a few times a week is all it takes to ensure your body’s levels are sufficient. If you could do with a little sunshine, why not enjoy a meal outside while the weather is still good? There are a number of great options in the winelands, where you can enjoy some good food in a beautiful setting. Overture at Hidden Valley boasts wonderful views of the Helderberg mountains and serves up dishes by renowned chef Bertus Basson.

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Views from Hidden Valley in Stellenbosch

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The tearoom in the Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

HEAL FASTER According to a study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, patients recovering from spinal surgery reported less pain and stress and took less pain medication during their recovery when they were exposed to natural light. Research also shows that exposure to natural light may help to improve sleep quality quite considerably. If you are recovering from an illness or surgery, it can be deeply beneficial to try and add some natural light to your environment. If

it’s possible, get outside every day, and if you can, try and incorporate some outdoor exercise, like a gentle walk. A top spot to soak up some natural light, no matter the weather, is Greenhouse at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. The glass building is beautifully located under the oak trees in the garden and offers a picnicstyle menu. Take a stroll through the garden and enjoy some seasonal produce while you get your light fix. SV

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Food for

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Is there anything better than food that is both nourishing and delicious? Chef Charmaine Lilje has created an autumn menu that combines nutritious elements with loads of flavour and flair. Perfect for sharing, these dishes make the most of seasonal ingredients — try her indulgent twist on traditional fritters, make your very own Buddha bowl, and whip up a batch of naturally sweet treats that are bound to impress.

SWEETCORN AND BUTTERNUT FRITTERS WITH SMOKED SALMON AND SOUR CREAM Ingredients 150g sweetcorn kernels freshly cut off the cob 150g raw grated butternut ¼ red onion finely chopped 50ml olive oil 50ml milk 1 egg 80g cake flour ½ teaspoon caraway seeds 5 sprigs parsley chopped Salt and pepper to taste 100ml sunflower oil for frying 200g smoked salmon 125ml sour cream 1 lemon cut in quarters Method 1. Preheat your oven to 180C 2. Combine all dry ingredients 3. Separately combine all wet ingredients including sweetcorn,

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butternut and herbs etc 4. Add the wet to the dry by making a well and slowly stirring the mixture until it has combined 5. Use a wide based frying pan and over a medium heat add the sunflower oil, once the oil is hot add the sweetcorn fritter mix in dollops (aim for 6 fritters in total) and turn over once golden 6. Place the fried fritter on an oven tray and bake for 5 minutes to ensure the inside is cooked Assembly 1. Place 3 fritters on a plate 2. Top the fritters with half of the sour cream 3. Drape the smoked salmon over the sour cream 4. Place a quarter lemon on the plate for serving

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BUDDHA BOWL WITH HUMMUS AND FALAFEL BALLS

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Ingredients 10 medium sized falafel balls, cooked – homemade or bought in 150g cooked quinoa 100g carrot sticks ¼ hot chilli chopped ½ garlic clove crushed 5 spring parsley chopped 1 avocado halved and seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper 1 tomato quartered 50 ml olive oil 20 ml balsamic vinegar 20 ml soy sauce Salt and pepper to taste 100ml regular or beetroot hummus Garnish: rocket leaves, micro herbs and sesame seeds Method This is mostly an assemble dish 1. Combine the quinoa, garlic, chilli, parsley, olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar 2. Season the quinoa to taste 3. Place the quinoa mix on the side of a large bowl 4. Place all the remaining ingredients alongside each other 5. Top with a few rocket leaves, micro herbs and a sprinkling of sesame seeds

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BLUEBERRY MUFFINS Ingredients for muffins 200g cake flour 100g castor sugar 2 eggs 60ml milk 10ml vanilla Pinch of cinnamon 125g blueberries 10g baking powder Method Preheat your oven to 180C convection. Grease your 12-pan muffin tin

1. Cream the butter and sugar until white, light and fluffy 2. Add the eggs one at a time and continue whisking 3. Sift the flour and baking powder separately 4. Fold into the egg mixture 5. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until a smooth batter is formed 6. Add the blueberries 7. Divide mixture into the prepared muffin tin 8. Bake for 20 minutes

Charmaine Lilje is a chef and owner of Chardonnay Deli in Constantia, as well as Dalebrook Café in Kalk Bay. Much-loved among Constantia locals, Chardonnay Deli is a farm stall and restaurant, and a great spot for breakfast and lunch if you’re looking for a healthy, delicious meal in a charming space. Be sure to stock up on local farm produce like fruits, veggies, cheeses and freerange eggs while you’re there. There is also a range of scrumptious takeaway meals on offer, as well as artisanal coffee and chocolate. New to Cape Town’s dining scene, Dalebrook Café is a rustic restaurant and farm stall set in a lovely historic building in Kalk Bay. The menu is packed with wholesome, homemade options for both breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, expect choices like French toast with blueberries, bacon and mascarpone; summer berries with yoghurt and honey; and free-range eggs on homemade bread. Lunch options include mussels with fresh bread; grilled line fish with lemon aioli and salsa verde; and seafood risotto. You’ll also find a selection of pies and quiches, as well as cakes, juices and smoothies.

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WINE FOR THOUGHT Oh, wouldn’t the wine world be so much poorer without the dreamers, the visionaries and the adventurous spirited? BY EMILE JOUBERT

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just love the men and woman who shun convention — those who have an untameable obsession for the growing of grapes and the making of wine in new, uncharted regions. Sure, their efforts don’t always work out, but when they do, the gamble certainly pays off, providing joy to both the winemakers and the wine-lovers who get to taste something unique.

A WINE HERO My most recent wine hero is David Trafford from Stellenbosch. He is still the same quiet, unassuming and thoughtful guy who made great wines at his De Trafford farm in Stellenbosch, the most notable of which is the Chenin Blanc and Noble Late Harvest. I haven’t forgotten the excellence of De Trafford, but David is currently responsible for — to my mind — some of the most exciting wines coming from South Africa. This time, he is at work in Malgas, a one-horse town located next to the Breede River, some 15km’s from where the expanse of water flows into the Indian Ocean. A frequent visitor to this wild region, David began to dream about the wine-making potential in the area’s ancient rocky soils. Surely, he thought, if the vines would grow, the wine would be uniquely individual, offering a taste of place? David planted his first vines in 2003, producing his first vintage in 2007. Now, David’s dream, named Sijnn, is releasing one stunning vintage after the other. As far as vineyard plantings go, David chose wisely: he has Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne on the white side, and on the red side Syrah, Touriga Naçional, Trincadeira, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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As I settled down to the taxing task of tasting and scrutinising wines after a punishing festive season of unbridled glugging, I could hardly have asked for better wines with which to begin the year’s scribbling than the new offerings from Sijnn. Once again, I was reminded of how absolutely terrific they are — individual and character-laden, expressive of that tough, raw and never-to-be-tamed part of the Southern Cape from where they come. The Sijnn White 2017 is drafted from Chenin Blanc (84%), Viognier (13%) and Roussanne (3%). The approach in the cellar by David and his assistant Charla Haasbroek seems pretty intuitive. For the Sijnn White, some batches were whole-bunch pressed. Fermentation in the barrel (French oak, 11% new) was spontaneous, while maturation was done for 10 months. The wine is driven by the features of extreme Chenin Blanc you find from unforgiving geography. Dry, poor soils and pummelling winds keep yields down to three tons a hectare, even on vines scarcely a decade old. On the nose, the fruit is loud and brash, with loads of honeycomb, potpourri and torn dried fynbos. You rise to it and want to dive in. It’s delicious.

Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Douglas Green — the same gentleman whose names are found on the popular South African wine range. The range has been going since 1942, and Douglas Green was also a pioneer in his day as he tried various new wine styles and marketing mannerisms. When I asked Mr Green how today’s wine portfolio compares to what it looked like five decades ago, the word ‘sherry’ popped-up frequently as this used to be one of the more popular wine styles. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Sherry is an amazing wine — one of my favourites — and South Africa has a great history of making them. Locally made wines can no longer be called sherry because of EU regulations, but Douglas Green has been thinking out of the box again. The company now imports real sherry from its home of Jerez, that exotic region in southern Andalusia in Spain, all under the Douglas Green label.

THE MAKINGS OF A MASTERPIECE Despite being of Irish heritage, I don’t do bets. That said, I am willing to wager the Sijnn Red 2015 is a wine destined for greatness. Sijnn Red 2015 comes in at Syrah (47%), Touriga Naçional (19%), Trincadeira (19%) and equal quantities of Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon. Honestly, I was almost irritated by the brash confidence of this wine. I mean, the vines are only ten and eleven years old, it’s only the eighth time this wine has been made, and already it commands the presence of a South African masterpiece. Oh, just have a whiff of that assured whack of savoury and brooding fruit on the nose. And while you’re at it, taste the layer-upon-layer of viscerally enchanting black fruit, all currants and berries. Elegant and refined are great elements to have. But when there is a note of aggressive power to meet the classy suaveness, that’s when a wine — for me — makes perfection seem possible.

THE ART OF SHERRY There are three sherries in the range: Medium Dry, Pale Cream and Medium Cream (in order of sweetness). All of them are made in Spain from the traditional Palomino grape, aged in massive wood vats, and offer good value at under R150 a bottle. Let that sink in — grown and made in Spain by a sherry master. Bargain, baby. My favourite of the range is the Medium Dry . It’s not quite as bonedry as the fino-style but offers all the complexities in texture and flavour that makes sherry such a wonderful drink. The secret to sherry is the slight fortification — grape spirit is added to stop the fermentation, allowing the grapes’ optimum fruit expression to remain. A layer of yeast, known as flor, covers the wine during ageing, giving it a characteristic nutty, waxy and dry fruit flavour. To enjoy sherry, please do not pour it from the drawing-room cabinet into one of those thimblesized short stem glasses. Cool the bottle as you would a white wine. Splash copiously into a broad, deep glass. And drink it on its own or with savoury dishes. And when the Cape cold fronts start rolling in, the sweet heart of the Douglas Green Medium Cream sherry will certainly warm the cockles. SV

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Six inspirational winemakers obliterating barriers in a traditionally male-dominated industry. BY THEA BECKMAN

Add the right education and apprenticeship to passion, a keen palate, curiosity, and a propensity for creative thinking and you’ve got the makings of a great winemaker. Nowhere does, or should, the question of gender arise. But with the conventional family model clinging tenaciously to our society’s consciousness, the wine industry, which is, after all, rooted in farming, has remained male-dominated. This is changing. These six women and increasing numbers like them have proved that within the twin realms of the vineyard and the wine cellar, the mettle of a man is met in equal and fierce measure by women!

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CARMEN STEVENS & PIA WATERMEYER Kunjani Wines, Stellenbosch From humble roots, Carmen Stevens rocketed through the ranks to become the head winemaker at the award-winning Amani Vineyards and now Kunjani Wines in Stellenbosch. She is also the creative driving force behind her Naked Wines label and is a powerhouse of experience and talent, which she is dispensing to Kunjani Wines co-owner and general manager, Pia Watermeyer. Pia’s background is in business and graphics design, but her love of people and the winelands led to the birth of a new venture in the wine and hospitality industries. Together, these two passionate, astute women comprise a dynamic female duo that has successfully turned out a gorgeous range of red and white wines under the Kunjani label.

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JESSICA SAURWEIN Saurwein Wines (Elandskloof) By day, Jessica Saurwein worked in sales and marketing at various wine farms; by night, she crafted wines of such an exquisite calibre that the city’s finest restaurants adorned their menus with her creations. Thankfully, since October 2017, she has dedicated herself full-time to her once side project and her crowning achievements are the succulent, earthy Saurwein “Nom” Pinot Noir (made from grapes sourced from a Kaaimansgat vineyard near Elandskloof) and elegant, perfumed Saurwein “Chi” Riesling (made from grapes sourced from a vineyard in Elgin). Both wines have performed spectacularly since their maiden vintages, giving Jessica Saurwein the unofficial, yet much-deserved title of “Queen of Pinot Noir”. Photographed by Charlie Stein

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NATASHA WILLIAMS Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington In 2018, Natasha Williams was promoted to winemaker at the Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington. Here, next to cellarmaster Corlea Fourie, she orchestrates the crafting of the estate’s full range of wines, as well as the newly released Nero, the very first wine of its kind in South Africa. Made from the hardy and drought-resistant Sicilian red grape varietal Nero d’Avola, the silky, complex, and delicious Bosman Nero is a credit to Natasha’s palate and winemaking skills. Natasha is helping to drive an important shift within the wine industry by promoting the use of grape varietals that can withstand the Cape’s drought-stricken environment.

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SALÓME BUYS-VERMEULEN Lozärn Wines, Robertson

“After a full circle of seasons in the vineyard, you get to bottle your love and passion and share that vintage with others… forever captured.” It was love at first sip when, in 2012, winemaker Salóme Buys-Vermeulen tasted a glass of Chilean Carménère, a red wine grape varietal originating from the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France. This led to planting the Carménère varietal on Doornbosch, home of Lozärn, which would become the progenitor of not only the first wine of Lozärn’s boutique range but also a rare varietal for South Africa. Over the ensuing years, it was joined by several other Bordeaux cultivars, including a gold Michelangelo Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Carménère Rosé. Salóme marked her 10th year in the wine industry in 2018 and describes her work as “sensory science”. She is also, clearly, a talented wordsmith!

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NINA-MARI BRUWER Mont Blois Estate, Robertson At the top of a winding dirt track in the resplendent Robertson Wine Valley, with spectacular views over the Langeberg Mountains, stands the Bruwer family home and farm. Here, Nina-Mari Bruwer lovingly creates single vineyard Chardonnays, a Chenin Blanc, and, most recently, a Pinotage under the Mont Blois label; wines that are not only a study in elegance but are wholly expressive of the vineyard blocks from which the grapes are harvested. With the boldness to experiment and the talent to succeed, Nina-Mari has created a range of truly beautiful wines that are an utter delight to taste. SV

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New, innovative, and delicious craft brews and liquors to try. BY THEA BECKMAN

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The word “craft” evokes a sense of artisanship: of people toiling with their hands and hearts to produce a product that is not only special and unique but, more importantly, tells a story. It’s little wonder that the craft brew industry has secured the affection and patronage of Capetonians over the mass-produced mainstays of today’s bottle store shelves. Here are some new, innovative, and delicious craft brews and liquors you should add to your fridge or liquor cabinet.

BEER OCEAN-AGED BEER Drifter Brewing Company The Drifter Brewing Company is the world’s first brewery to age beer in the ocean, which offers the perfect light and temperature conditions for a unique fermentation process. The result is this one-year Atlantic Oceanaged Belgian-style “tripel” or strong pale ale. W www.drifterbrewing.co.za

SQUIRREL NUT JUICE Stellenbosch Brewing Company A rich, indulgent, and nutty brown ale by the Stellenbosch Brewing Company that has been brewed with a special roast of almond-toasted, coldpressed coffee beans and aged on a bed of amaretto-soaked wood chips. Stellenbosch Brewing Company brews inspired beers for inspired moments and all their beers have a special story, Squirrel Nut Juice is no different. Pop in for a tour of their brewery to hear their many whimsical stories. W www.stelliesbeer.com

KENNEL BREWERY The award-winning, Durbanville-based Kennel Brewery is a nanobrewery that makes 100% natural, handcrafted beers. And with their range being cleverly named after six different dog breeds - Alesatian, Bierboel, Beernard, Lagerdor, Maltyeast Poodle, and Porter Collie they have a fabulous sense of humour! Their new taproom has recently opened in Paarl, give them a visit. W www.facebook.com/thekennelbrewery

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CIDER CAPE TOWN CIDER HOUSE From the fertile soils of the Elgin Valley come the ripe, crisp apples used to make this refreshing, effervescent, semi-dry, cloudy apple cider with gorgeous notes of apple skin, cherry and champagne. Cape Town Cider House is the new kid on the block which proudly specialises in 100% apple cider and 0% BS. W www.capetownciderhouse.co.za

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GIN PHANTOM GIN Named after the Phantom Moth that is endemic to the Afromontane forests of Knysna, this London Dry style gin is handcrafted from local botanicals and infused with charcoal minerals that give it a unique earthy colour and flavour. W www.phantomcraft.co.za

SIX DOGS DISTILLERY Six Dogs Karoo Gin is a delicate and balanced gin of twelve select botanicals grown on the distillery’s farm in the Karoo. And when the Six Dogs team stumbled upon the Blue Pea flower during a trip to Indonesia (used locally as an antioxidant and aphrodisiac), they crafted their second gin product called Six Dogs Blue Gin. W www.sixdogs.co.za

LEONISTA MEZCAL LOXTONIA CIDER Loxtonia produces a range of ciders made from handpicked apples from the Ceres Valley, from the simplistic Crispy Apple Cider to the African Sundowner Baobab Flavoured Cider. The apples are naturally fermented to produce quality ciders with no preservatives or artificial additives. W www.loxtonia.co.za

Leonista, which means place of the lion, is the first 100% Karoo agave spirit made in South Africa. This unique liquor, similar to tequila, is crafted the traditional Mexican way using an age-old recipe, smoke, and fire, which lends it its delicious smoky flavour. W www.leonista.co.za SV

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Holy Ship! HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH. BY THEA BECKMAN

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he Seven Seas Explorer, the newest addition to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, is the most luxurious ship ever built: a sleek white vessel of such pervasive and unrelenting perfection that you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve died and gone to heaven. Aboard this ship – this veritable floating kingdom of paradise – there are 552 crew members catering to the needs of only 750 guests; 51 909 square feet of balcony space, the largest in the cruise industry; 473 exquisitely designed crystal chandeliers lighting up the restaurants, lounges, public spaces, corridors, and larger guest suites; and in excess of 7 800 complimentary bottles of champagne and red and white wine just waiting to be popped open.

HOTEL STAY AND SHORE EXCURSIONS The Seven Seas Explorer experience begins before passengers even make their way up her gangplank. Fares include a complimentary luxury hotel stay in Concierge Suites and higher in the heart of the embarkation city the night before the cruise departs so that guests are rested and refreshed. Then, once the cruise has commenced, passengers can enjoy free, unlimited shore excursions for a vivid sampling of every city and town the ship pulls into. Think: a colourful market tour in Cozumel, Mexico, followed by an onboard cooking class or a sensual wine paired lunch in Provence, France.

DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT The Seven Seas Explorer houses a grand assortment of dining options, from her beautiful signature restaurants, Compass Rose and La Veranda, to her three speciality eateries: Pacific Rim (Pan-Asian cuisine), Prime 7 (steakhouse), and Chartreuse (classic French with a modern twist). For a more interactive dining experience that culminates in a meal and a sure-fire way to impress future guests around your own dining room table,

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THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE Each and every guest suite within the Seven Seas Explorer is sumptuous and grand, but by far the most opulent and luxuriously appointed is the 4 443–square foot, two-bedroom Regent Suite, boasting a sprawling living room with a custom-made Steinway Arabesque piano, an exclusive vista garden with floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean, and a private spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room, and treatment area, where guests can enjoy complimentary, unlimited spa treatments.

THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP IN THE WORLD The Seven Seas Explorer is a spectacularly elegant vessel with every comfort, luxury, and amenity known to humankind adorning the interior of her graceful hull. Lavishly designed lounges, enchanting entertainment spaces, sumptuous gourmet restaurants, an oasis-like pool deck, impeccable service and attention to detail, and a constellation of

guests can sign up for a cooking class at the Culinary Arts Kitchen. This stunning gastronomic variety is met in equal measure by the ship’s entertainment options. How about dinner and a show at the 694-seat Constellation Theatre or cocktails in a lively lounge that invokes the splendour and indulgence of the Roaring Twenties? Perhaps practice your swing on the deck’s putting greens, envelop yourself in the tranquillity of the library, or try your luck at the Monte Carlo-style casino. Whatever may be your definition of a good time, indoors or out, the Seven Seas Explorer caters to it.

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guest suites that are unparalleled in spaciousness and comfort… it’s little wonder this ocean-going vessel is being hailed as the most luxurious ship, not only of its time but in all history. For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises, visit www.encorecruises.co.za or call +27 (0)12 664 0925. SV

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THE CAPE’S PEARL Mountain trails, world-class restaurants, and an abundance of fine wines — Paarl is perfect for all palates. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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Wilderer Distillery and Cape Brewing Company (below) at Spice Route © Erik Forsberg/Flickr

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Spice Route © Erik Forsberg/Flickr Rising above the Goatshed restaurant stands the Goat Tower at Fairview

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hen it comes to easy trips from Cape Town, we are spoilt for choice. Head in any direction, and you’re bound to stumble upon a place worth stopping. Just an hour’s drive from the city, Paarl is one such spot. The town takes its name from the pearl-like granite outcrop that stands on the crest of the mountain, but its beautiful setting is really just the beginning of what it has to offer.

TASTE The second oldest wine route in the country, the Paarl region is perhaps best known for its Shiraz. That said, you’ll find a range of other varietals along the way. Spice Route offers wine tasting with beautiful views of the

Simonsberg mountains, with a special focus on artisanal, small batch wines from the Swartland. If hops are more your style, you can pop into the Cape Brewing Company on the same premises for a taste of their craft beer. In fact, there’s something for everyone at this pretty spot — De Villiers Chocolate does tutored tastings; Wilderer Distillery offers grappa and gin; and DV Café is open for daily ice cream and sorbet tastings. For more great wines, there’s no need to travel far. Fairview does a fun cheese and wine tasting, while Mellasat is known for their award-winning (and quite unique) white pinotage. Ridgeback Wines offers tastings in their restaurant, and there’s the option to sit outside on the deck overlooking a dam.

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FEAST Noop, located on Paarl’s Main Road, serves up simple dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. They pride themselves on the fact that the veggies and flowers come from nearby suppliers, the meat is sourced locally, and the herbs are picked from their very own garden. Try their honey roast pear and onion tart, or if you’re in the mood for something meaty, go for the crisp roast free-range duck with preserved kumquat jus. The dessert menu is small but guaranteed to tempt you — think homemade ice cream, tonka bean crème brûlée, and a special treat titled Mzansi, a combination of sago, traditional malva pudding, vanilla anglaise and koeksister ice cream. Their wine list consists of over 350 local and international award-winning wines, the rarest dating back to 1966. FABER at Avondale Wine Estate

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FABER at Avondale Wine Estate

Another gem well worth the trip is FABER at Avondale Wine Estate. Headed by chef Dale Stevens, the restaurant is a celebration of handcrafted food and the menu reflects the team’s respect for the origins of each ingredient on the plate. FABER is open for lunch and dinner and you can expect dishes like barbequed broccoli with toasted almonds, gorgonzola, potato gnocchi, curly kale and charred onions; and aged Black Angus sirloin with fresh horseradish and roasted, pickled and pureéd beetroot. Save room for dessert because you won’t want to miss the pineapple parfait with ginger caramel and pistachio crumble!

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Join us for lunch and dinner under majestic oak trees in the HISTORICAL MAIN ROAD OF PAARL. Boasting a winelist with over 350 wines, including an Owner’s Cellar list with special vintages and rare wines. From fresh seafood to venison from the Kalahari, we offer a wide variety of delicious food - using the finest, freshest ingredients and, as far as possible, local produce.

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Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is situated under 2.5 hours from Cape Town, in the vastness of the majestic Tankwa Karoo. With thick wooded Acacia river beds and magnificent golden mountains on the horizon, Inverdoorn provides the ultimate tranquil Big 5 safari experience.

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EXPLORE If you find time between the wining and dining for something more active, the hike up Paarl Rock offers beautiful views of the area. You can access the rocks by entering the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, which also has a number of other walking trails of varying lengths, mountain biking routes, picnic spots and a dam. The Afrikaans Language Monument on Paarl Mountain (known locally as Taalmonument) is also worth a visit for the spectacular views. There are also free guided tours available, children’s play areas, and a coffee shop. A great way to enjoy the space is to attend one of the regular full moon picnics — the last one of the season will be held on 22 March. SV

Paarl Rock. The huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain and is the second largest granite outcrop in the world and forms part of the Nature Reserve. Left: Nelson Mandela served the last 14 months of his 27 years in prison in a house on the grounds of the Groot Drakenstein Prison (then known as Victor Verster Prison). He left a free man. A life-size bronze statue of him stands at the prison gates.

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Ancient cities, traditional souks, and dramatic landscapes — Morocco deserves to be travelled with a real sense of curiosity. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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have never felt quite so lost as I did in Morocco. The old cities can feel dizzying, the landscapes endless. But there is something quite magical about letting go of a plan in favour of simply discovering whatever the journey holds. For me, a trip to this North African gem began in lively Marrakesh and led to the ancient city of Fez, before turning into a road trip through the mountains and down to the Atlantic coast.

THE PINK CITY Marrakesh is a city so rich in colour and energy; you could spend days exploring its maze of souks, haggling for olives, sweet treats, lanterns and rugs, or simply sipping on mint tea at its countless cafés. Known as the Pink City, because of the colour of its ubiquitous clay walls, it’s located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains — visit in the cool seasons and you’re likely to see them covered in snow. When in Marrakesh, take time to walk its bustling alleys, but when you need a break from the hustle, the Jardin Majorelle is well worth a visit — the garden is full of striking desert plants and the blue villa, which was once home to artist

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Jacques Majorelle, was beautifully restored by fashion designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge in the ‘80s, and now houses a collection of jewellery and artefacts. At dusk, you won’t want to miss a walk through the Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square. The energy is overwhelming, and you’ll see storytellers, henna artists and acrobats come out to entertain the crowds, in a tradition that has lasted over a thousand years. Grab an orange juice from one of the vendors (you’ll never taste sweeter) and find a seat at the string of outdoor grill restaurants for a night out with a difference.

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Stoneware for traditional dishes at a market in the Medina of Fez

Alleyways of the old medina used to transport goods around the narrow passages

From Marrakesh, we took the train north to Fez, the country’s second largest city and one that is surrounded completely by a wall dating back to the eighth century. The history is palpable in this city — its medinas are authentically preserved, you’ll find the world’s oldest university tucked away in an alley, and donkeys still pull carts through the maze of streets too narrow for cars. Forget about finding a map on your phone — the walls of the city are so thick, the alleys so like a labyrinth, there’s little chance of finding your way but to follow your own sense of direction. Embrace the feeling of being lost and find a rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional tagine — a slow-cooked stew prepared in a ceramic dish and served with couscous and warm, fresh bread. An easy day trip from Fez, you’ll find the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and offers the chance to see a well-preserved basilica, beautiful floor mosaics and buildings dating as far back as the third century BC.

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Volubilis, the Roman city of antiquity Above: The Royal Palace in Rabat Right: Tagine dishes

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EVERY DETAIL MAKES AN MSC CRUISE NOT JUST ANY CRUISE. Every detail on an MSC Cruise makes you live a unique experience. Like every piece of music selected and performed by our talented professional pianists, awakening the senses and emotions throughout the day. This is just one of many entertainment experiences we offer night and day. Another meticulously crafted touch of class developed with you in mind.

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Fort of Essaouira in Morocco on a sunny day. Below: Moroccan pottery dishes on display in Essaouira

Dadès Gorge

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA From Fez to the coast, the road winds down the middle of the country and into the dramatically beautiful Dadès Valley. On the way, you’ll find plenty of places to stop to simply soak up the landscape — the Dadès Gorge is made up of red rock formations and the occasional pretty, green oasis. It’s worth hiring a car for this stretch of the journey because you’ll want to take your time to really see the area. When you emerge from the series of canyons and hairpin bends, consider taking a break in Skoura. Here, it’s possible to stay in a mudbrick castle and stroll through the small

town’s beautiful palm plantations. Located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a seaside dream and the perfect place to relax after a long road trip — think white-walled medinas, sweet cafés, cobbled streets, bright blue fishing boats, and a laidback atmosphere that’s truly contagious. For a taste of the local flavour, try the sea urchins, sardines, and fresh fish at the

market. Thanks to the French influence in the country, you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to sample a crepe and coffee as you sit on the street and watch the world go by. SV

The Kasbah Amridil is one of Morocco's most famous kasbahs or fortress-palaces and is situated in the date palm plantations of Skoura with the Atlas Mountains

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Skydiving in Cape Town

THE FULFILMENT OF HUMANKIND’S GREATEST DREAM

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henever the topic of skydiving comes up in conversation, I can’t help but marvel at what it takes to compel someone to jump out of an airplane cruising so many thousands of feet in the air that great cities are reduced to geometric patterns, cars to specks, and forests to dark green smears on the Earth’s surface. What does it take? The only answers my brain could come up with were (a) nerves of steel, (b) an addiction to adrenalin, or (c) a serious lack of impulse control. For me, it’d take a strong sedative and a boot in my behind.

If it’s your dream to take to the skies without a human parachute strapped to your back, Tandem Skydive offers training and certification courses, as well as tandem skydives (from R2,680) for the inexperienced. They also have several drop sites around Cape Town, including Robertson, which means that afterwards you can head into the winelands and get merry on good wine. I know I’d need a glass or three after throwing myself out of a moving aircraft. C +27 (0)84 366 1365 E info@tandemskydive.co.za W www.tandemskydive.co.za

A ROARING SPORT IN CAPE TOWN

It’s clear that these companies – and others like them – have sparkly safety records, resoundingly positive reputations, and thousands, if not tens of thousands, of successful jumps under their belt. And yet, the question remains…

With a brief Internet search, however, it’s clear that what was previously considered the pastime of serious adrenalin junkies has become a widely available, accessible, and affordable adventure for just about anyone. In Cape Town alone, never mind the greater South Africa, there are a bevvy of skydiving schools, centres, and companies offering this extreme adventure to those on a quest to put their mettle (and choice of laundry detergent) to the test. For R2,850 per person, Skydive Cape Town offers introductory, tandem skydives in a location that is as close to the Mother City as any of the local companies gets, affording thrill seekers unbeatable views of Robben Island and Table Mountain. C +27 (0)82 800 6290 E bookings@skydivecapetown.co.za W www.skydivecapetown.co.za Mother City SkyDiving does sports (for the experienced – price varies) and tandem skydive drops (for the inexperienced – R2,850 pp.) less than an hour from Cape Town, about 14 km north of Malmesbury, which immediately brings to mind incredible farmland vistas. C +27 (0)79 337 2443 E MotherCitySkyDiving@gmail.com W www.mothercityskydiving.co.za

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? Why would anyone want to defy every fibre, every nerve of their survival instinct and leap into the void at 12,000 feet? The answer, I suppose, is to be reminded of our strength and our ability to overcome fear. In more cliché terms: to take that leap of faith into the unknown. This is not even to mention the exhilaration of the experience itself. The wind ripping through your clothing and rippling the skin on your cheeks as you hit terminal velocity; a visual perspective on Earth that is utterly uncompromised; to really feel like a bird and not just be like one, as Nelly Furtado sang. After all, what is skydiving but the fulfilment of humankind’s greatest dream to fly? SV

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CARS MERCEDES-BENZ

A-CLASS ACT The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines modern luxury in the compact car segment. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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ercedes-Benz is synonymous with top of the range luxury sedans and SUV’s. We even saw them enter the bakkie market with their X-Class, putting a refined spin on this robust segment. As for their entry-level offering, they gifted us with the A-Class back in 1997. Since then, we have seen a couple of facelifts for this range, the latest of which was released towards the end of 2018. Dare I say we were not disappointed.

FACE VALUE The new A-Class offers more utility value, making it more youthful than ever. That said, it has grown up in many ways. The purist, surface-accentuating design of the new A-Class is the next step in the MercedesBenz design philosophy of Sensual Purity. Its striking sporty exterior is bigger than its predecessor — 120mm longer, 16mm higher and 6mm wider — but, 20kg lighter. The vehicle is visually extended by the longer wheelbase and character line along the side.

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The larger wheel arches — from 16 to 19 inches — make it sit more squarely on the road.

THE INSIDE STORY

stationary vehicles. This extended active brake assist even responds to crossing pedestrians and cyclists to help prevent collisions altogether.

The interior of the new A-Class is completely redefined with its modern, avant-garde look. Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach, revolutionising the compact segment from the inside. The feeling of spaciousness is accentuated by the increased shoulder, elbow and headroom. The new A-Class also offers easier access to the rear and a larger, more family and recreation-friendly luggage compartment.

THE POWER

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS MBUX, the new multimedia system, is a revolution in terms of user experience. It learns to suit the user through artificial intelligence, so the more a user interacts with it, the more the new A-Class adapts. In addition, MBUX offers intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension. By using the phrase “Hey Mercedes”, users can adjust the air-conditioning, send a text message, or find the quickest route out of the Cape Town city centre on a Friday afternoon. New and improved Mercedes me connect services are also being launched with MBUX. These include navigation functions like emergency braking, onstreet prediction, real-time information and off-street information, which saves time and reduces stress levels when searching for a parking space.

The A Class is available in two variants — the A 200 and the A 250 Sport, with the diesel model expected in South Africa later this year. Both models benefit from new engines. The A 200 is powered by a 1.33-litre unit, which generates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque with a 7G DCT dual-clutch transmission (5.2 l/100 km). The 2.0-litre engine of the A 250 Sport generates 165 kW and 350 Nm and is available with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, which provides a claimed fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100 km. New features for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft and particulate filter as standard. As standard, the new A-Class is equipped with a comfort suspension with steel springs and DYNAMIC SELECT. The comfort suspension has been lowered by 15mm and specially configured springs and dampers for more sporty characteristics. The suspension with active damping control enables the driver to choose the preferred damping characteristics.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Starting at R499 000, the A-Class can be all yours for the keeping. SV

SPECIAL EXTRAS The new A-Class also offers a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class: real-time parking, for example, and the ability to drive semiautonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic as the improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead. The car also comes with extended active brake assist as standard. Depending on the circumstances, this can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or

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Towards the end of last year, we were given the great news that the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT special edition is now available in South Africa. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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ith a unique combination of exterior design details and interior trim, the presence and the roar of the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT can tame any road it hits. The best part? We can now experience it for ourselves.

features a selection of modelspecific enhancements such as a dark satin grey finish for the grille and window surrounds, side sills and vents, rear valance, mirror caps and boot spoiler. Alloy wheel choices include 19- and 20-inch options, also with dark satin grey finishes, while special black brake callipers get 300 SPORT branding.

HELLO, GOOD LOOKING

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to customising your 300 SPORT. On top of four exterior paint choices, including Caldera Red, Santorini Black, Indus Silver and Yulong White, the exterior of the 300 SPORT

Sitting in the lap of luxury doesn’t get better than this. It’s the perfect harmony of sports car and luxury sedan. The interior is finished with matching 300 SPORT badging on the steering wheel, sill treadplates, carpet mats and headrests, and striking yellow contrast stitching can be found on the instrument panel, door casings, carpet mats, armrests, multifunction steering wheel, split-fold rear seat and standard 14-way electric front seats.

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UNDER THE HOOD The rear-wheel-drive 300 SPORT features Jaguar Land Rover’s 221 kW/400 Nm 2.0-litre fourcylinder Ingenium petrol engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The combination means the XE can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Standard on all Jaguar XE models including the 300 SPORT, torque vectoring by braking helps to maximise control through corners by providing controlled independent braking on the individual inside front and rear wheels. The system delivers outstanding sports car-like agility and added driver confidence. Also standard on all XEs, all surface progress control is a lowspeed cruise control that helps with low traction situations in all weather conditions so that drivers can concentrate on steering, while Jaguar drive control allows drivers

to select various drive modes at the touch of a finger. Settings range from dynamic with faster gear shifts and sportier kickdowns, to eco with earlier upshifts and more efficient transmission programmes.

PRICED FOR THE WIN The XE 300 SPORT is available in South Africa priced from R792 800, including VAT but excluding CO2 charges. Visit www.jaguar.co.za for more information. SV

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STOCKISTS To get the beautiful looks and trends we have showcased in this edition, head on over to the below stores to plan your purchases.

FASHION Bulgari: www.bulgari.com Cartier: www.cartier.com Country Road: www.countryroad.com Diesel: www.diesel.com Duca del Cosma: www.ducadelcosma.com Mango: www.mango.com TAG Heuer: www.tagheuer.com Trenery: www.trenery.co Witchery: www.witchery.com Woolworths: www.woolworths.co.za

DÉCOR Block & Chisel: www.blockandchisel.co.za Crema Design: www.cremadesign.co.za LIM: www.lim.co.za Roche Bobois: www.roche-bobois.com SHF: www.shf.co.za

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