News & reviews: SPRING 2021

New designs, new flavours and new ideas… Taste, learn and laugh with curated wine masterclasses, make magic with moss, escape with a spa day, and find out more about chef Peter Tempelhoff’s latest fine dining venture.

Escape with a spa day

Lanzerac Spa
Picture courtesy of Lanzerac

Relax the senses and let the harmony and tranquillity of Lanzerac’s majestic surroundings gently restore body and mind. The estate’s spa offers a wide array of massages, skincare and beauty treatments, with large sash windows ensuring you can also allow views of lush vineyards and towering mountains to add their effect. Spa-goers are greeted by a skyblue indoor heated swimming pool that entices you to enjoy leisurely dips and a bubbling Jacuzzi. Lanzerac Spa also has a private relaxation lounge, a sauna, a steam room, a Rasul Chamber, mani and pedi station and a fully equipped fitness room. Expect a day packed with pampering and goodness and if you’re feeling peckish, the Vitality Corner offers wholesome dishes, refreshing raw juices and tropical smoothies. This is a place where comfort, luxury and excellence come together for a restorative health and beauty experience. The spa is open Monday to Sunday, 09:00 to 18:00.

Above and beyond

Picture by Bruce Tuck

Chef extraordinaire Peter Tempelhoff’s new concept at Buitenverwachting, beyond, promises something fresh while acknowledging the estate’s rich history. “If I could choose a quote to sum up the philosophy behind the food at beyond, it would be something British chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White once said: ‘Mother nature is the artist, we are just cooks’,” says Peter. While sustainable and seasonal pro- duce, as well as a respect for provenance, informs the menu, he and his team create a memorable culinary experience with food that comforts and nurtures. In the kitchen, Peter is joined by group executive chef Ashley Moss and head chef Julia du Toit. And the setting? A fresh take on tradition is evident in the contemporary and casual yet refined space conceived by interior architect Tristan du Plessis. The wine, too, tips its hat to history, and Jennifer Hugé, Peter’s longtime colleague, cites the Constantia Valley as inspiration for the masterful selection. Book online, send an email to info@beyondrestaurant.co,za or call +27 (0)21 794 0306.

Magic with moss

When entrepreneur Kevin Brown came across images of preserved moss installations on Instagram in 2019, he immediately reached out to the concept’s European supplier. Before long, Kevin’s corporate plantscaping and maintenance company, Earthlings, secured exclusivity for the South African market. “The main idea behind Moss Works SA was driven by the need to provide a low-cost, low-maintenance ‘living’ plant option for corporate, retail and domestic markets. While traditional green walls – consisting of growing plants – are a maintenance nightmare owing to waterproofing requirements and other factors, preserved moss requires no watering or lighting,” says Kevin. Every installation is a unique work of art, is fire retardant, boasts incredible acoustic properties, can take the shape and form of any interior surface and is fully dyeable. Moss Works SA offers a range of preserved moss decor solutions, and ships and installs nationwide. For more information, send an email to kevin@mossworks-sa.co.za or call 079 581 2133.

Taste, learn and laugh

Oenologist Matija Leskovic and the founder of Basewent Stellenbosch. Picture courtesy of Basewent

Basewent recently collaborated with Haskell Vineyards to treat wine lovers and connoisseurs to an evening of memorable food and drink. Matija Leskovic ́, a Croatian-born oenologist and the founder of Basewent, presented celebrated wine from his home country while Rudolph Steenkamp, the winemaker and vineyard manager at Haskell Vineyards, enlightened guests with interesting facts behind a few of Haskell’s top wines. Both Croatian and South African wines were paired with dishes courtesy of Longtable Restaurant. When Matija arrived in South Africa to tackle a PhD in oenology at Stellenbosch University, he was eager to experience a guided overview of the best wines Stellenbosch has to offer. After tasting hundreds of our local wines, he came up with the idea of a unique and intimate tasting experience, Basewent. “Our mission is to deliver a different and enjoyable wine learning experience for everyone who joins us,” says Matija. To book for future wine masterclasses, send an email to matija@basewent.com.