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South Africa
33 Nineteen Media
12 Issues

in this issue

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tokara 2021 olive oils express a bounty of intense flavours A feast of concentrated flavours is the hallmark of the unusually long 2021 harvest. A smaller olive crop than previous years created the opportunity for more precise, selective picking at optimal ripeness. This is particularly evident in the EVOOs from Tokara’s Italian varieties grown on the foothills of the Simonsberg. “We captured the true herbaceous and nutty flavours of these Italian varieties,” says Gert van Dyk, Tokara’s olive oil master and operations manager at the Olive Shed. Making fine olive oil is all about capturing the goodness of the fresh olive in the bottle. Under van Dyk’s watch, the hand-picked olives are pressed in the Olive Shed within 24 hours of being harvested. Tokara EVOOs span the complete olive oil taste spectrum from mild to the more robust. Five cold pressed EVOOs –…

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celebrate life’s everyday joys with la motte’s new vin de joie rosé

While the inspiration and the style of the La Motte Rosé honours the estate’s French winemaking heritage, the grapes for the wine are a true celebration of South African terroir and its diversity – in more ways than one. Promising to be the perfect glassful for everyday celebrations, the joy in the name and on the label was inspired by one of the true joys of biodiversity of the Cape Winelands – the Blushing Bride. A blend of 71% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the 2021 La Motte Vin de Joie Rosé offers a delicate salmon pink with a tinge of onion skin, typical of a Mediterranean-style rosé. The nose offers subtle, but well-defined melon, rose petal and nectarine with the charming notes of Turkish delight in the background. The…

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dinner made easy: boschendal meal kits delivered to your door

Spice up weekday dinners with an aromatic curry or take a trip to Italy for a doughy delight – even on a school night. Enjoy Boschendal’s hassle-free dinner solutions, crafted for your convenience and delivered right to your door. From their farm-style Black Angus beef burgers to easy pasta kits, there’s a quick midweek meal that will satisfy your tastebuds and save you time in the kitchen! To sweeten the deal even further, Boschendal’s Online Shop now also offers a click-and-collect service for all their local shoppers that prefer to buy their produce fresh from the farm without even having to run in-store. Easy, convenient and completely free – just place your order online before 12h00 and they’ll have your basket harvested and ready for collection between 12h00-15h00 the very next…

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calendar OCTOBER 16 ROSÉ BRUNCH AT HOLDEN MANZ WINE ESTATE As part of the 2021 Uncorked Festivities, you are invited to brunch at Holden Manz Wine Estate with unlimited Rosé! Be entertained with live music by saxophonist Neo & DJ Stormz. 11h30-14h30, R395pp, booking essential. BOOKINGS OCTOBER 16 & 17 ROB CASKIE TALKS AT BOSCHENDAL Storyteller par excellence Rob Caskie will be sharing some of South Africa’s most well-loved stories on Saturday and Sunday – including the Shackleton expedition to the South Pole. Be enthralled and enchanted by historic tales enjoyed alongside Boschendal’s famous soil-to-fork fare and award-winning wines. Bookings essential. INFO OCTOBER 22 ART, WINE & MUSIC PAIRING AT AITY GALLERY 17h30-18h15 or 18h30-19h15. A unique experience in the gallery with Black Elephant Vintners and artwork from Bloom, Vanessa Berlein’s latest solo exhibition in conjunction with Art & Wine Franschhoek.…

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‘a space to breathe’

‘A Space to Breathe’ explores the retreat to isolation within our curated private spheres as a reaction to the present mayhem of the public light. The women in the series escape into safety and reflection, living pensively in a paradise of their own making; their natural beauty mirrored in the suburban landscapes. They are vulnerable yet guarded by the physical decorations. The tattoos represent both their expression of beauty and act as a shield against commentary on their body. Karin Miller is a truly South African artist, focusing on digital collage and the new media. To generate images of outstanding quality, Miller combines traditional artwork skills and photography with modern technology, creating a fusion of past and present, personal and public. Miller has developed a unique style that exudes a rich eclecticism,…

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story telling by rob caskie at grande provence

“The 24th Regiment of Foot had adopted the Sphinx as their Regimental badge after successfully engaging Napoleon along the Nile in 1801. It is almost inconceivable that in January 1879, beneath a mountain looking uncannily like the Sphinx, this famous Regiment would suffer the most ignominious of defeats at the hand of the mighty Zulu Army. Lord Chelmsford split the British force leaving 1800 men in the camp, believing there was no threat. Whilst he was away a Zulu force of 25 000 warriors surrounded the camp, and in under two hours left more than 1 300 British and Colonial soldiers dead.” This unchanged landscape offers the most magnificent canvas onto which to paint this extraordinary story of human struggle and endeavour. In addition, the lessons which emerge for modern day…