On Friday 5th, the April issue of WANTED will be available with all copies of Business Day. Editor Gary Cotterell gives us his opinion on what it takes to be the cream of the crop.
We are such an overindulgent society that our overindulgence in this issue may even pass unnoticed. And for the more reserved who may suffer from old-school guilt, we also have some meaty reads on some serious players.
For pure indulgent, visual pleasure our fashion spreads will blow you away — if not to a far-off land of avian deities, then to an inspirational landscape for a fashion-forward autumn. While we cooled off and took a dive, enjoying the last few rays of summer, we gave internationally acclaimed photographer Kevin Mackintosh and his stylist partner Daryl McGregor free rein on our cover story. Their combined creative forces clearly show why they have shot for US and Italian Vogue, Tatler and World of Interiors, as well as produced campaigns for Swarovski, Glenmorangie and Kenzo.
We are also proud that “Bird” (page 20) features South African model Katryn Kruger at Y Models,who jetted off recently to Europe to appear in international campaigns for Dior and Prada. And you may spot our cover guy Levi Lomey of Ice Models on MrPorter.com.
Dr Mamphela Ramphele launched her formal political career in mid-February with the formation of the party platform Agang, meaning “let’s build” in Sesotho. Agree or disagree with her views, everyone wants a Ramphele sound bite — Tim Cohen finds her direct, fast, honest talk rather refreshing (“The New Politics”, page 12).
Whichever way you look at our future, if it’s in the hands of a “Wise Young Man” (page 16) such as marketing maven Sylvester Chauke, then there will be enough positive, creative, youthful energy to overindulge our wonderful nation.
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2010
The practice of adding Viognier to Shiraz in order to provide a bit of aromatic lift is well established. It has its origins in the Côte Rôtie appellation of the Rhône, where some truly great wines ensue, and is often mimicked locally but often without the same success, the end result being wines that are too heady aromatically and wishy-washy on the palate.
One cellar that is getting it right is La Motte, the about-to-be-released 2010 vintage of Pierneef Shiraz Viognier looking particularly fine right now. It’s a blend of 88% Shiraz and 12% Viognier, which was matured in French oak for 14 months, 70% new.
Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche says he doesn’t adhere to the widely held theory that Shiraz is forgiving of being planted in warm areas and seeks out vineyards from cooler climates for more elegance: in addition to grapes from the La Motte property in Franschhoek, there are also components from Bot River and Elim. I liked the wine for its balance and character and would never have guessed that the Viognier is quite as high as it is. The oak sits a little apart right now but this should marry with time. For more information, call 021 876 8000.
Our roving wine correspondent Christian Eedes gives us his recommendations of the trendiest happenings in the winelands during the month of April
Bot River Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration
Celebrate the 2013 harvest with the wineries of Bot River. Taste wines from tank and barrel, enjoy a potjiekos dinner and voted for the best post-harvest beard. The event takes place at The Old Shed, Anysbos Farm on the Swartrivier Road and starts at 17h00. Tickets cost R250 a head. For more information, call 082 852 6547.
Mpumalanga Wine Show
26 – 27 April 2012
The third annual Mpumalanga Wine Show takes place at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort between Nelspruit and White River. This event allows wine lovers in the area to sample around 350 wines from 65 wine producers in an informal setting. There is also the opportunity to buy wine at Shop@Show, delivery direct to the customer’s door. Ticket price is R120 per session. For more information, see www.mpumalangawineshow.co.za
SWITCH OFF TO SWITCH ON
On Saturday 23 March at 20:30, the world at large will be invited to flick the switch, taking a moment to symbolically ponder our ongoing effect on the environment. The Earth Hour initiative started in 2007 as a collaborative effort led by the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature), and has since become one of the largest and most popular international environmental awareness campaigns, with individuals, groups and governments all turning off lights as a mark of consideration for planet earth.
WWF will be launching a ‘Things to do in the Dark’ Facebook app, giving you details of various events around the country planned for Earth Hour. They’ve also put together this cute animation, which you’ll be seeing a lot of in the days leading up to the 23rd.
A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN WHO WE ARE AND THE WAY WE SMELL
Glenfiddich presents SKIN PORTRAITS by perfumer Tammy Frazer and photographer Brett Rubin at edit[ed] at the Taj Cape Town.
Opens at 17:00, March 13
Martin Penk from Kult Models, Berlin getting into character at Panama Jack’s during our May men’s fashion shoot in the Cape Town harbor with photographer Christoph Musiol
Behind the scene yesterday in the Cape Town docks on our May men’s fashion shoot
Sharp minds and classic forms inform a new wave of cooperative living. Watch the behind-the-scene video of our March men’s fashion shoot