WANTED’s December issue is available tomorrow to subscribers of Business Day only. Editor ALEXANDER PARKER shares his favourites from the issue.
It’s the time of year when bad advertising tells us it’s “that time of year again”, and even the most workaholic minds start to contemplate hard-earned time at the beach cottage, with the family, overseas or just at home — sometimes an alien space for those with some time on their hands.
This December we’ve scoured the country — specifically the coastal locations but also up here on the reef — for the absolute best spots to visit on your holiday this year. It’s been a fun experience. We’ve set no boundaries, we’ve eschewed the straightjackets of categories, and have asked our friends and contributors to let Wanted’s readers become instant insiders at your holiday location of choice. We’re really proud of Navigator 2013/14, on page 35. Keep it — it’ll be useful for years to come.
In order to help keep you all safe this Christmas break, we’ve teamed up with the geniuses at Uber, the smartphone taxi service, to bring Wanted readers new to the service free rides around Joburg, Cape Town and Durban. It’s a brilliant service — safe, quick and superbly clever. Check out the Navigator section for details.
Also this month we’re playing with some augmented reality — embedded, bespoke video content accessed through the pages of Wanted and an app on your smartphone. Check out the cocktail on page 14, follow the instructions and let me know what you think. We can certainly do more of this kind of thing if it flies.
Have a great break. Be safe and have a fun, ironic and elegant holiday. See you in 2014.
Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (also known as Hermitage and hence the name) and its always the former and never the latter that winemakers reference when trying to convince you of just how elegant their particular example of the variety is.
The Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2012, however, genuinely does possess plenty of Pinot-like finesse and I was glad it was endorsed by my colleagues after I nominated it for 5 Stars in the 2014 edition of Platter’s.
My tasting note from the guide as follows: “Pinotage re-imagined – pure, subtle, elegant. Elgin and Stellenbosch fruit, red and black cherry, floral fragrance, attractive oak spice (well-judged 50% new wood). Medium bodied with fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins. Natural ferment.” R180 a bottle. To order, call 021 859 1458.
Hope@Paul Cluver Ampitheatre Various dates in January, Paul Cluver Wine Estate, Elgin
Encircled by a Eucalyptus forest encircles, this open-air arena has seating for 600 people and the excellent wines of Paul Cluver are available to be enjoyed during the performance. Tickets are available via Computicket.com and not-for-profit company Thembalitsha which provides services to communities in need receives 100% of the profits. Upcoming acts are as follows:
WANTED’s November issue is available tomorrow to subscribers of Business Day only. Editor GARY COTTERELL shares his favourites from the issue.
We are at 108 issues since our first in November 2004 and if the numerous awards and praise are worth anything, Wanted is without a doubt one of the best reads in the country. I hope that we’ve enlightened and educated you, entertained and challenged. Both my contributors and I have had a rich life of travel and discovery, meeting the wonderful folk who make our world a better and more colourful place.
Just as Ishay Govender-Ympa shares her experience of the colourful street food trend (page 30) or David Allardice the spicy allure of foodie heaven Kerala, in southern India (on page 32) I hope that what my team and I have dished up over the years has been as enjoyable to read as it has been for us to gather.
I’m no good at being office-bound and after my recent sabbatical it became clear that a position as your editor-at-large was a more exciting and fitting crown to wear.
Alex Parker did such a sterling job while I was abroad that we all agreed he should stay. A fresh sense of humour — mine, alas, has become a little dark over the years — and some great new ideas means that team Wanted will continue to raise the editorial bar. (The best gift to self this year is to renew your subscription and give another.)
I wish Alex well and all my readers TTFN.
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Recently the results of the third annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented by Sanlam Private Investments. Participation by invitation only and 60 wines evaluated. Out of this, emerged a top 10, including Groot Constantia 2012, which rated 5 Stars.
This wine was fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak, a third new. It really is a thing of beauty with blossom, lemon, subtle vanilla and just a hint of burnt matchstick on the nose while on the palate there’s a good core of fruit and appropriate heft thanks to judicious wooding. It’s drinking well now but should easily last until 2017. Price per bottle is R155.
The remainder of the top 10 as follows: Paul Cluver 2012 (also 5 Stars), Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2012, Haskell Anvil 2012, Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2012 and KWV The Mentors 2012 (all 4½ Stars), Boschendal Reserve Collection 2012, Crystallum The Agnes 2012, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2012 and Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2011 (all 4 Stars). To read the report in full, visit Whatidranklastnight.co.za
The third annual FoodWineDesign Fair sponsored by Sanlam Investment Management is an out-door market featuring speciality foods, top wine producers and micro-breweries as well as South Africa’s leading designers across a range of disciplines. For more information, see www.foodwinedesign.co.za
Le Kap Lifestyle Fair 9 November, Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Gourmet food and fine wine meets fashion, dressage and showjumping on this leading wine producing property. Dress is “Country Chic” and tickets cost R290 per person. Book at Webtickets.co.za
Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 30 November - 1 December
Sponsored by Mastercard, this event allows you to sample a broad range of Cap Classique and Champagne. The site is a marquee on the lawns surrounding Franschhoek’s famous Huguenot Visitors to the festival will be treated to an array of dishes presented by the local restaurants. The theme for this year’s festival is black and white and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple on each day. Tickets are R200 per person and can be purchased through Webtickets.co.za. For more information, see www.franschhoekmcc.co.za
WANTED’s Watch & Jewellery edition is available today to subscribers of Business Day only. Editor GARY COTTERELL shares his favourites from the issue.
What better introduction to quality time than by taking a leisurely road trip through the picturesque Arc Jurassien. Our “resident” insider — he now files from Porto Montenegro — visited houses such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Parmigiani in Switzerland’s famous luxury watchmaking region. Through studios and workshops, villages and museums, Matt Morley reveals the story of time. See page 19.
Although the US has been grabbing headlines for a while, it is the rebirth of its watch making industry that caught my attention. Our Financial Times correspondent Jim Shi reports on the rise of an exciting modern “Made in America” movement, on page 15.
While men may be popping their watches in their pockets (see page 27), the ladies are making a splash with elegant statement pieces, tastefully adorned with diamonds (page 12).
The watch industry is a competitive space and just like the sporting world, brands continuously strive to improve on their personal bests, and to be one up on the competition. Packing the most intricate complications into the thinnest cases is an obsession which dates back a couple of centuries. However, the luxury industry’s move towards a more understated, discreet look has grabbed the attention of watchmakers up for the technical challenge. See page 24.
Time is luxury. On these pages, luxury is all about time.
WANTED’s October issue is available today to subscribers of Business Day only. Editor GARY COTTERELL shares his favourites from the issue.
The new Wraith is an appropriate ride for a dark knight, a stealth chariot from Middle-earth. Not only the most powerful Rolls-Royce to date and the raciest looking, but also one that elicits an overwhelming desire to drive a very, very long way. See page 46.
Alex Innes has a passion for driving. The young designer in the Rolls-Royce bespoke design division also has a passion for the finely crafted bits that make driving a truly luxurious endeavour. While chatting to him in London recently while I was a guest on BMW’s Eurostyle Tour, I spotted his rather interesting timepiece. Turns out that Kienzle made the clocks in the 1960s Silver Shadow and in my Jensen. Innes shares his other likes on page 58.
Concise design is what catches his attention and he also introduced me to some very interesting watch manufacturers in the US. Don’t forget to grab our special Watch Edition (out 18 October) for a full report on some of the innovative brands taking on the Swiss.
Forever the gypsy, I’d like to share another lovely find in London that will surely inspire you to travel. The King’s Cross St Pancras Basin is one of many sites undergoing exciting regeneration and is also the new home of the EuroStar terminal. The Great Northern Hotel (www.gnhlondon.com) adjoining King’s Cross St Pancras Station — both designed by Lewis Cubitt — could potentially be upstaged by neighbouring St Pancras in scale and design, but the size of the 91-roomed Great Northern Hotel with its sweeping crescent-shaped façade is a less intimidating, more embracing sight for travellers to the city.
The hotel was built in 1854 for Great Northern Railway and was the first of the world’s great railway hotels. Although this first class, glamorous establishment fell into disrepair, it has undergone a £42m renovation by Jeremy Robson over the last five years. The building was stripped back to its brick core and has been returned to its former glory with attention to detail observed generally by a previous age, bringing it up to date as an elegant modern establishment that is luxurious but avoids all the self-conscious “design hotel” cues.
The hotel is home to the breathtaking Plum + Spilt Milk under the direction of two-time Chef of the Year winner Mark Sargeant. Although through his long association with Gordon Ramsay you’d expect some pretty showy food, Sargeant prefers to keep things honest, with innovative twists on some old-school British favourites, using only the finest seasonal ingredients.
Our fashion is also inspired by a need for speed — well certainly for the man on the move. Our model sports the looks on page 20.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Alexander Parker for his amazing skill as caretaker while I went off grid on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. A truly life-changing experience, which highlighted the fact that walking is possibly the only true way to disconnect and rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
If you were into sport in the ’90s like Dekovic, it meant having a poster of Michael Jordan on your wall and the dream of owning a pair of his Air Jordans. This was the start of Nike’s hugely successful campaign to use sport superstars to market its footwear. Initially this was not without controversy; Jordan famously ignored an NBA ruling that he could not wear what it considered to be an inappropriate and garishly coloured pair of sneakers on court. But with the profits Nike made from the line, it glady paid the fine every time he wore them to a game.
When I bought a pair of Nike Hypervenom football boots I almost kept them in the box to show off to friends when they came over to watch a match. Reluctantly I eventually subjected them to the harsh reality of a season of Highveld winter club football.
But what’s wrong with the black leather 12-studded football boot? Why this need to own the newest pair, I asked Dekovici. “You have to keep up with the pace of the modern game, not just on the field but off it as well. Football players are faster, stronger and more skilful than ever before.” They demand tools that give them any kind of performance advantage and increase their marketing exposure. Can a boot make you a better player? Well, you certainly get plenty of attention wearing a pair of bright orange boots decorated with Nike swishes, which may make you play harder knowing that everyone is watching an amateur running around in the same boots as Brazilian superstar Neymar.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously told Cristiano Ronaldo he would never be allowed to wear pink boots while playing for Manchester United, but nowadays you will struggle to find any big name player who doesn’t wear the latest fluorescent colour offering from his sponsors.
The Hypervenom is a fantastic looking boot built with the latest technology that should, theoretically, make you play better. Its Nikeskin definitely gives you more purchase on striking the ball, but amateur club football is a tough place to try them out: I had to endure a few “new boots” jibes before the bright orange started to fade and a few other players started to wear them. They take a while to wear in and will probably feel more comfortable on a lush green football field, so for now I have gone back to my trusted Nike CTR360s until the new season and the next revolutionary designs make mine yesterday’s boots.