TOKARA toasts autumn with a new vibrant Chardonnay vintage TOKARA’s vibrant new Chardonnay vintage just released by this family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is a perfect autumn companion as the cooler weather begins to waft in. TOKARA Chardonnay 2017 holds great appeal with its bone dry, yet fresh citrus character and creamy texture. The winery enjoys a formidable reputation as a producer of fine Chardonnay, a classic and much revered Burgundian variety that has found a home at TOKARA. “There are glimpses of the creamy oatmeal, fine saline acidity and yellow fruits that characterise the French examples with our own influences of minerality and exuberance inherent in Stellenbosch Chardonnays,” says Karl Lambour, TOKARA General Manager. Chardonnay occupies a special place at TOKARA with plantings situated mid slope on ancient decomposed granitic soils. “These cooler sites afford our winemaker fragrant and perfumed grapes from which to craft our premium and reserve wines that offer discreet use of oak, immense complexity but most of all, sumptuous enjoyment,” adds Lambour, Expect aromas of ripe quince and orange blossom to spring from your glass with underlying notes of fresh ginger and a hint of toasted almonds. The palate comes alive with fresh clementine, grapefruit and subtle notes of ginger spice. The mouthfeel is creamy and textured from ageing on the lees in predominantly older oak barrels, yet the wine finishes bone dry ending with lingering, lightly toasted almonds. It’s a slam dunk with fish and chicken and always a winner as an aperitif. Be sure to raise a glass of the new TOKARA vintage on International Chardonnay Day on 23 May and embrace the cooler autumn weather. TOKARA Chardonnay 2017 has a cellar door price of R100 per bottle and is available at leading stores countrywide. For more information or online wine purchases, visit www.tokara.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former champion Waylon Woolcock has put competitive racing behind him, but is looking forward to renewing a special association with the Liberty Winelands Encounter this weekend. The annual mountain-bike race through the scenic trails around Franschhoek and Paarl in the Cape Winelands will take place from Friday to Sunday. In partnership with HB Kruger, Woolcock took the honours in 2017 and will be returning to race this time with the 19-year-old Hennie Roux, a young colleague he has been mentoring for the past two years. The 36-year-old Woolcock started his career more than two decades ago as a road-cycling professional, earning his South African colours, before becoming one of the country's best mountain-bikers. Now his focus is more on helping others and he is relishing the chance of helping to develop Roux's talent in one of the classic three-stage races in the country. "I have been coaching Hennie since 2017 and he has always been bugging me about doing an event with him," explained Woolcock. "Fortunately, these dates fit in with my working calendar and we were able to take up this opportunity." The ex-pro said he still kept fit via numerous rides in the Stellenbosch region and the Winelands Encounter would be ideal to further develop Roux's mountain-biking career. "Hennie [also from Stellenbosch] is definitely a promising young rider who started his mountain-biking career relatively late," said Woolcock. "But he is a really hard worker and his dedication is second to none. "So this is a great chance to expose him to one of the iconic mountain-bike races. He's pretty strong and I just hope I don't get schooled during the event." Although he added that they had not set themselves any specific goals going into the weekend, Woolcock said he was sure their competitive instincts would kick in once the racing started. "Definitely my mind will be there to compete, but I am not sure if my body will agree with that," he joked. "Purely . . .
Grande Provence goes back to its roots with new Heritage Tasting Menu Grande Provence, the landmark 1694 Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has gone back to its culinary roots with a new Heritage Tasting Menu. Prepared by Marvin Robyn, the passionate young head chef who is bringing new energy to The Restaurant at Grande Provence, the Heritage Tasting Menu is available exclusively to dinner guests. The menu offers a wide selection of fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared with Chef Marvin’s own twist on South African heirloom recipes. With dishes such as Malay onions, smoked snoek & fish kaiings; Ox tongue with sweet mustard & pickled butternut; lamb rump, morogo & rooibos jus; and springbok rump with mielie pap, chakalaka, buchu & honey jus, the menu is a collection of true South African heritage food. Grande Provence celebrates its 325 year heritage in every facet of its operations, from the 17th century buildings to The Gallery focusing on local artists using age-old techniques with a contemporary vision. Chef Marvin, who cut his culinary teeth helping his grandmother produce trays of herzoggies for her catering business, graduated with distinction from the acclaimed Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) in his home town of Stellenbosch. Before joining the Grande Provence team towards the end of 2018, he gained valuable experience working with leading chefs in a number of top winelands restaurants including Delaire Graff, Cuvée at Simonsig, Equus at Cavalli and finally Makaron at Majeka House. At Grande Provence, Marvin has shown tremendous leadership ability despite his young age and is an enthusiastic mentor to the rest of the kitchen brigade with endless good energy and new ideas. He describes his cooking style as refined South African classics, bringing new inspiration and modernity to local heritage food. The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The new dinner Heritage Tasting Menu is priced . . .
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa supplied a package plant for the treatment of water abstracted from two new boreholes at Cloetesville in Stellenbosch. The plant was commissioned in December 2018. The packaged potable water treatment plant (PWTP™ 050) will treat 54 m3 of water per hour, which is fed into the municipality’s bulk water supply. Fabricated in just 12 weeks at Veolia’s Water Techno Packages facility in Sebenza, Johannesburg, utilising off-the-shelf Veolia technologies, the plug-and-play PWTP™ was a cost-effective, efficient solution to rapidly supply the required treatment of borehole water to SANS 241 standards. Water abstracted from the boreholes is pumped through an oxidation tank where manganese and iron are precipitated. It’s then pumped through a set of pressure sand and multimedia filters for suspended particulates removal. The water is then fed through activated carbon filtration, UV sterilisation and final polishing before being pumped into the municipal network. Veolia’s Hydrex™ chemical dosing is included in the various steps for process optimisation. Veolia is currently responsible for an operations contract and is able to supply water treatment chemicals for the plant, independently of the municipal supply chain. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hearty Italian autumn fare at 95 At Morgenster Just as the vines begin to change from grassy greens to warm shades of red and yellow, 95 At Morgenster is embracing autumn with Chef Giorgio Nava’s authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. With a collection of Italian recipes showing off autumn’s bounty from flavourful porcini pasta to comforting gnocchi, 95 At Morgenster has an answer for all your change of season cravings. Balmy nights may be behind us but you’ll always be greeted warmly at this authentic Italian winelands eatery. Ideal for celebrating Easter, 95 At Morgenster will be open for the entire long weekend including Monday so gather your loved ones for some authentic Italian at its absolute best – delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients on the plate speak for themselves. The menu is à la carte and contains firm favourites the likes of classic caprese with creamy artisanal burrata mozzarella, hand cut salmon or steak tartare, delicate slivers of carpaccio, velvet textured hand-made pasta, beautifully prepared line fish, and a fine selection of prime cuts. 95 At Morgenster will be closing for the winter season at the end of May. But don’t despair you still have the opportunity to spoil the wonderful woman in your life with a stress-free Mother’s Day feast in a spectacular winelands setting. The stars on the dessert menu include legendary chocolate lava fondant and hand crafted ice cream which are just some of the tempting treasures that are sure to satisfy your mom’s sweet tooth. Why wait for Mother’s Day to spoil her? Make your booking today while you still can before the season closes. 95 At Morgenster is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and for Sunday lunch. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It may be April Fool’s Day, but the extension of the entries deadline for next weekend’s Liberty Winelands Encounter until Friday (April 5) is definitely no hoax. That was the assurance given by ASG Events chief executive officer Erick Oosthuizen in announcing that the deadline for the three-stage mountain-bike race had been extended to 1pm on Friday. The Winelands Encounter is the second event in the Liberty Encounter Series and will take place on the scenic trails around Franschhoek and Paarl from April 12 to 14. Alluding to April Fool’s Day, Oosthuizen said they wanted to make sure everyone understood that “this is no joke”. “We still have a number of spaces available in the various categories and this includes the popular hotel option, which has all the ingredients to make it a memorable racing experience,” he said, referring to the four-star Le Franschhoek Hotel. This is the base of the race for the first two days before the finish at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on the Sunday. Hotel general manager Chris Snyman said the hotel was a popular option for cyclists who wanted to tackle the iconic routes in the Cape Winelands. “We have numerous clients who come throughout the year to explore the road options in the region, as well as the off-the-beaten track mountain-bike trails,” he said. “We offer a peaceful environment where the cyclist can relax on the 11-hectare property. Our facilities include a pool, jacuzzi and spa treatments, or they can just enjoy the spacious surrounding of their rooms in a tranquil setting.” He added that they were delighted to be part of the Winelands Encounter. “It’s been an honour to be a partner in this occasion from the start and we look forward to the growing success of the event. “Through this partnership the event grows annually and we look forward to possible additional events together with ASG.” Oosthuizen said that while the hotel option remained the most popular among the cyclists, . . .
The people of Kuilsriver in Cape Town are reaping the benefits of 24-hour 1 Plus convenience offered by the all-new Engen Zevenwacht Convenience Centre, which officially opened on 28 March 2019. Engen Zevenwacht Convenience Centre is located at 1 Fisante Street, Kuilsriver. Customers can now enjoy a diverse range of convenience services including an Engen Quickshop, Corner Bakery and Absa ATM machine. The site also offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm. As the new owner of Engen Zevenwacht, Marco den Bakker is extremely excited to offer the Zevenwacht community 24-hour convenience. “The Engen brand has a substantial footprint and is already well known amongst our customers who have come to associate themselves with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One,” says den Bakker. Comments Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. “We wish Marco den Bakker and his team every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The legendary wave at Mavericks is a notorious beast, where some of the most famous rides in history have been claimed off the Northern Californian coast. Heading to tame the infamous wave, Nic Von Rupp lined up a trip of his dreams and along the way managed to pull of a historical feat that few before him have conquered. Mavericks is a raging A-frame wave with a chunky lip that is challenging and fast, even for the world’s best big wave surfers. Famously a left, the cold-water spot can produce a rare left and it was this challenge that Nic set his sights: “On my way to Mavericks, the only thing I could think of was going left out there.. that wave has so much potential, probably the meanest, biggest paddle approachable slab around. After 3 sessions out there, I quickly saw my dream of slipping into one of these beasts diminishing. So much risk involved.. you gotta be under it, dodging 20ft sets.. seems like all the energy of the right bends into the left and dumps into edge of the ledge. You get pounded, you go to deep dark places, scraping for your life. What about trying to knife a 9.9 into a steep ledge like this. But that’s what makes it special.”- Nic Von Rupp YouTube: https://youtu.be/AQHXXw_prlA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The race organisers of the Liberty Winelands Encounter are preparing for a late surge of entries ahead of today's closing date for riders wishing to compete in the Western Cape event. The second race in the Liberty Encounter Series, the three-day event from April 12 to 14 takes place on the iconic mountain-bike trails surrounding Paarl and Franschhoek and there is still space for late entrants. ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said they expected entries to pick up as the deadline drew near, with the race offering massive value for the riders. As an incentive to competitors ASG Events are offering a 30% discount on all entry packages, which ends at midnight tonight. More information can be found on the Facebook page. “We are focused on offering an event which gives the riders an experience to remember and the accommodation option at Le Franschhoek Hotel will provide genuine quality for them,” said Oosthuizen. “We have about 15 team entries left and there are openings for all the categories.” Competitors who choose the hotel option will spend two nights at the luxury Le Franschhoek Hotel, an option the organisers introduced last year to avoid the hassle of getting to new race venues each day. There is also the basic team entry package, which excludes accommodation but provides breakfast and lunch on each day. ASG are again limiting the field to 200 teams, which incorporates a wide range of riders from the weekend warriors to corporate teams, with a mix of professional cyclists. However, Oosthuizen added that this year they had introduced a solo category as well to accommodate riders who may prefer this to the team concept. “We want to make sure that we are inclusive in what we offer and we still have space for both solo and team riders. “But solo entries will share a room with other solo riders to make sure there is accommodation for everyone.” He said the team category had always proved the most popular option in . . .
‘A Spoonful Of Sugar And James’ - Live at Autograph Distillery, Stellenbosch James Stewart and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman will be bringing their exciting new show, ‘A Spoonful Of Sugar And James’, to Autograph Gin’s beautiful home in Stellenbosch on Friday the 5th of April 2019. This innovative, informative and slightly irreverent performance sees the acclaimed South African singer-songwriter, James Stewart, joining Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, the man behind the rediscovery of Sixto Rodriguez and the Oscar-winning documentary, “Searching For Sugar Man”, to share their respective stories and play and sing some great Rodriguez and South African classic songs. ‘A Spoonful Of Sugar And James’ and Autograph Gin are the perfect combination – top class local talent paired with a top class local gin. The beautifully appointed bar and lounge of Autograph Distillery that welcomes guests for tours, tastings and after-hours drinks, reflects Autograph Gin’s signature style - 'Perfection Distilled’. Autograph Gin, South Africa’s Top Scoring Craft Gin of 2018 will be the drink of choice at this event, with Autograph Distiller Matt Beech on hand to discuss all things gin! An evening not to be missed! Details: Date: Friday 5 April Venue: Autograph Gin Distillery 13 Distillery Road, Bosmans Crossing, Stellenbosch Time: 7.30pm Food and drink: Food truck on site and cash bar available Ticket cost: R165pp Tickets available from: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1488959675 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .