Sensuous and strong
Tom Ford’s new floral aldehydic fragrance, Metallique, is a heady mix. Think embroidered metal, or armour dressed in delicate white blooms. Addictive and opulent, it is light and crisp, featuring top notes of vert de bergamote and pink peppercorns, middle notes of lily of the valley, hawthorne and heliotrope, and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla and peru balsam. Metallique is available in 50ml (R1 900) and 100ml (R269), from Mopani. Details: 013-755-5500.
We simply adore this Casio stainless steel men’s wristwatch. It’s elegant, water-proof up to 50m, and this classic timepiece will make sure you are always stylishly on time. Available from Nelspruit Watchmakers, R950. Details: 013-752-6539.
Journey’s End Tales Series
Don’t you just love the stories behind the labels? The new (and very appealing) labels on the Journey’s End Tales Series tell the story behind each wine. Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (all ripe fruit and full flavours), is named after the “Weerstasie Kloon” (Weather Station clone) in Stellenbosch where the SB11 Sauvignon Blanc clone was first propagated in the 1920s. Haystack Chardonnay 2018 (for those who love oak and fruit wines) is named after the age-old practice of planting wheat between the rows of vines. The Huntsman – Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2017 (full bodied and smoothly luscious) is named after the original kennels the Gabb family found on their farm dating back to 1822, and where the Journey’s End winery now stands. Pastor’s Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2018 (elegant and versatile) pays homage to the Reverend from the local village of Sir Lowry’s Pass who regularly delivers Sunday communion at the foot of the Journey’s End vineyard. Details: journeysend.co.za.
The way we love to eat
If you, like us, relish the Mediterranean way of eating… everyone tucking into breads and dips, tapas and salads, gorgeous roasts and seafoods… you’re going to want to get a copy of the gorgeous – GORGEOUS, we tell you – Cape Mediterranean by Ilse van der Merwe. This Stellenbosch-based foodie says, “In South Africa, especially the Western Cape, we love the culture of lingering, social lunch tables. We savour coming together to celebrate local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.” Fortunately you don’t have to live in the Cape to make, and enjoy, the dishes in her book… Winelands grape pizza bianca with feta and thyme will taste just as good in Ballito, Bo-Kaap harissa paste will be yummy in Bloem, and Cape seafood stew will go down a treat in Sandton. There are more than 75 amazing recipes that most of us will manage with ease. There are those here we’ll make again and again… this is without a doubt our hot buy for spring and summer. Struik, R280.
The Great Nelspruit Post Pub Crawl is back and is sure to knock your socks off, so diarise September 28! Pub crawlers form teams or can participate individually and have to visit all of the pubs in a designated time, usually an hour per pub. On the day of the event, merely show up at the bar where you want to start. The Wednesday prior to the crawl, a map will be published in Nelspruit Post. Copies will also be available at the participating pubs. You need a map. Then obtain a stamp from the barman at each pub on the map when you buy a drink, alcoholic or not. Each hour will contain a mini happy hour, dubbed a “happy moment.” Should you participate in this at any given pub you receive an additional stamp. The next hour you visit a different pub and repeat the process. Everyone gathers at one central pub as the final destination. Here prizes will be given, including a prize for best-dressed entrants and best team spirit. There is no limit on how big or small your team can be, starting with a minimum of one person. There is no prior entry. Simply show up with your map and start. Entry is free, but your drinks are for your own account. You participate at your own risk.