05 DecChristmas Season Pick of the Month

Cape Town

Travelling to Cape Town over the festive season? Then you must let FS Tours (member of Cape Town Tourism) help you make the most of your Mother City experience.

FS Tours specialise in efficient and affordable airport shuttle services to and from Cape Town International Airport.  They offer transfers to hotels and destinations in and around Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, and all surrounding areas of Cape Town.

They also offer a fun variety of full and half day sightseeing day trips and wine tours – including private and overnight tour options.


For more info on airport transfers and other great tours offered by FS Tours visit www.fstours.co.za or contact Norman Stevens on 082 569 8299.


10 NovEscape to Mangwanani at Royal Elephant Centurion

Calling Centurion and Gauteng Divas, November is a time for reviving the senses and spoiling yourself after a long year and in time for the year-end festivities. Time to escape for some Royal Indulgence and Pampering!

Take a look at these November 2015 special offers by Mangwanani at Royal Elephant right on your doorstep in Centurion, Gauteng:


20 JanDo the twist with Fleur du Cap Natural Light

Fleur du Cap CheninSummer quaffer Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc is now available in a convenient new screw cap on the 2014 vintage.

Revealing its varietal name (Chenin Blanc) in gold, the new screw cap closure will go a long way in preserving the inherent tropical fruit character of this ever popular, health-friendly wine, with its lower alcohol level of just 9,7%.

Crisp and refreshing, Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc 2014 is a tropical delight with vibrant pear and pineapple aromas and subtle hints of green pepper.  The freshness of this light-weight wine lingers on the palate.

It also pairs well with a variety of tantalising dishes, including salads and light pastas. Savour it at a decadent picnic, al fresco lunch or at a braai in true South African style.

For more information visit www.fleurducap.co.za

01 NovFrom the Marvelous to the Amazing at RMB WineX

A friend and I went off to have some wine-tasting fun last night at RMB WineX in Sandton. We caught the Gautrain (jou lekker ding) to Sandton station, and arrived at the Sandton Convention Centre after a quick walk. Although I have been to WineX a number of times before, this year’s event was particularly fun as my friend was a WineX novice, and as a result I experienced the event with fresh eyes, ears, nose and taste buds, and tried a few different things ‘off the beaten track’.


Marvelous Red

On arrival we did a few good tastings to get into the swing of things – a Chamonix Pinot Noir, a Paul Cluver Gewurtztraminer and a Haute Cabriere Belle Rose. Then we arrived at Mulderbosch Vineyards’ Marvelous wines stand, with the Marvelous Red, Yellow and Blue in tow. The friendly winemaker Adam Mason was manning the stand (and he did not mind that my friend kept calling him the ‘sommelier’). My friend enjoyed the Marvellous Yellow, a white blend of Chenin, Chard and Viognier – I thought it is a very good white blend for pairing with foods. I particularly enjoyed the Marvellous Red – mostly Syrah (92%) with Cinsaut, Mourvedre and Grenache – it was bold and fruity, with lots of Syrah, just the way I like it and will be greatly enjoyed with another of my favourites I am sure, some karoo lamb braai chops. We both enjoyed the Marvelous Blue – blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec – something like a yummy, fun but well structured Bordeaux blend, oui oui! Check them out on www.marvelouswines.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/MarvelousWines.

After that we did a quick walk around the WineX hall to get a bird’s eye view on what was on offer to make the most of our experience, we found some Riedel glasses for rent, a novel concept, and some delicious Wedgewood nougat to taste, but the stands with wine and chocolate pairings eluded us. We also found some tasty olive tapenade and olive oils to taste and buy at Morgenster. At Vrede and Lust’s stand, the Jess 2014 french-style rose paired with a strawberry was very palatable and should go down a treat with a hot summer’s evening entertainment. We also tasted some low alcohol low sugar Adoro Slim wines presented in these slim-waisted bottles.


Adoro Slim wines

The amiable winemaker and enjoyable wines at the Olifantsberg Family Vineyards  were a highlight of the evening. The Olifantsberg Blanc de Noir made from Syrah grapes was savoury yet refreshing, something different and delightful with a distinct smoked cheese finish on the palate. The Pinotage and Syrah were equally well-crafted and beautifully done. According to their brochure and website, Olifantsberg’s philosophy is one of utmost care and respect, which includes vineyard husbandry to yield the best harvest, choosing varietals that suit the terroir and pursuing conservation and biodiversity of the vineyards and mountain property. They are situated in the endangered mountain vegetation of the Renosterveld in the Breedekloof, about 100km outside of Cape Town.

Find them here: www.olifantsbergwines.com or on Facebook here: facebook.com/olifantsbergwines

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Olifantsberg Blanc de Noir

Then feeling a bit peckish, we followed the signs that said “cheese tasting” and made our way to the Fairview cheese platters counter, where I tried to negotiate a ‘free’ Fairview hessian bag from the sales lady with the mini cheese platters we bought, but she wasn’t falling for any of my haggling. I even tried name dropping but that didn’t work either. We then tasted two very easy-drinking and delicious Fairview wines – the ‘Amazing Pinot Grigio’ and the Fairview Barbera (look out for more about both these wines, which will be featured soon in my next update on ‘a little taste of Italy’ blog series). While snacking on our Fairview platters my friend tasted a Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc and I sipped on some De Grendel Rose 2014 – a delightful fruity but off-dry wine, with a well-structured natural acidity. The Fairview cheeses went down a treat – my favourites being the cheddar and white rock.

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Fairview White Rock cheese

Before heading off to catch our train we sampled some very good well-aging Bosman Family Vineyards’ 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (typical forest floor, cigar box aromas), some Cederberg Bukketraube – sweeter yes but with a crisp refined finish, some interesting and easy-drinking Beyerskloof white chenin/pinotage blend and then the full-bodied, well structured Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve, as only Beyers Truter knows how.

We enjoyed ourselves even more due to the responsible safe peace of mind commute that the Gautrain offered.

See you next year at RMB WineX!

Pictures sourced from respective wineries web pages.