Bouchard Finlayson has introduced exclusive Vintage Tastings for wine enthusiasts interested in older wines, offering a rare opportunity for collectors and wine clubs to explore the maturation potential of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley estate’s lauded wines. Vintage tastings are presented by appointment in the cellar for private groups of up to 20 people, and depending on their availability, may be led by founder Peter Finlayson or winemaker Chris Albrecht. The cost is R3000 for up to 20 people, including cheese and charcuterie bites.
Due to the exclusivity of the vintage tastings on offer, the varietal theme varies according to the older vintage wines available, as well as their taste profile accessibility. Growing on the slopes of Galpin Peak, the elusive Pinot Noir varietal has been Bouchard Finlayson’s jewel and flagship red wine for over 20 years, having earned winemaker Peter Finlayson the name of South Africa’s ‘pinot pioneer’. One of the current Vintage Tastings themes, ‘Vintage Pinot Noirs’, presents the unique opportunity to taste Bouchard Finlayson’s famed Galpin Peak Pinot noir vintages from 1994, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009. (Depending on stock availability).
Vintage Tastings may also be tailor-made to include other Bouchard Finlayson varietals, such as Chardonnay, unwooded whites, or the Hannibal red blend.
Some of the older vintages are also available for sale at the cellar door, including Bouchard Finalyson Galpin Peak 1998 and 2001 (R500 per bottle).
Mhondoro Safari Lodge has teamed up with a renowned international yoga instructor and detox specialist to present an exclusive 6-Day/5-Night Detox and Yoga Safari at the 5-star lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve (Limpopo), from 20 to 25 November 2017. The package includes 5 nights’ luxury accommodation and a complete detox programme with healthy meals and three detox juice fasting days, as well as personal coaching, yoga and meditation sessions, daily safaris, bush walks and mindfulness walks, and three spa treatments, from R39 555 per person sharing. Guests who prefer a less strict diet, may opt for a Healthy Eating programme, based on a detox menu, but excluding the three Juice days.
The Mhondoro Detox and Yoga Safari will be hosted by Monique Christiaans of Yoga Zenzo in the Netherlands. She says: ‘It is my dream to give people tools to live more consciously. I fulfill this mission by presenting retreats in nature, where it is possible to escape one’s busy life and relax completely in a beautiful, natural environment. During these six days you can recharge your batteries completely and at the same time become more aware of nutrition and the importance food, and what it does in your body.’
Myriam Vogel, the owner of Mhondoro Game Lodge says that the lodge, and Mhondoro Villa in particular, lends itself perfectly to hosting exclusive wellness events like this, with extensive decks and heated swimming pools overlooking the wilderness, a yoga room and two small gymnasiums, as well as a Spa suite with a bath outside on the deck. ‘We have put together a programme aimed at relaxation and intensive cleansing. In six days you will go on a transformative journey that will tell you more about yourself and your current lifestyle. So whether you want to lose some weight, get more balance in your life or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, this promises to be an unforgettable experience.’
The programme will focus on detoxing. Toxins enter the body through sprayed foods and chemical additives in food, cosmetics, air pollution and medicines, while stress further acidifies the body. Stored toxins can manifest in symptoms such as fatigue and digestive problems. The body is built to dispose of waste itself but with the amount of polluted substances that are produced nowadays, the body can use some help! A supervised detox programme aided by specially formulated organic juices packed with vitamins and minerals energizes the body and helps it body to function optimally again.