XO Africa Newsletter - November 08

Dear Friends,

I often read boring editorials, written in a hurry, talking about the rain, sometimes about the sun. If I must oblige and do the obvious… at least these figures will be informative:

Cape Town : 23°

Christian Dettori - President of XO Africa

Cape Town - A travers les yeux d'un pro

When you decide to travel to the Cape, you’ll usually gather information from one of the numerous travel guides…or refer to someone from down there…

The travel guide will most definitely describe the history & beauty of the city, modern and Victorian, with its iconic table Mountain dominating one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It will suggest a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, mythic meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian oceans or a stroll in the Malay Quarter amongst its colorful houses…or again to discover the winelands with their gastronomic wonders, Or, simply to enjoy the fashionable beaches like Clifton or Camps Bay.

Indeed, the guide won’t lie. But Cape Town doesn’t stop there and the guide probably won’t say that…

Cape Town's places to be

The City is a centre of creativity, design and development, a meeting point for a wealth of nations. Thanks to an exceptional climate and landscape, Cape Town has earned a coveted reputation in the advertising industry worldwide, You’ll find it in catalogues and TV commercials with pictures that make you dream. You’ll discover a new generation tuned to the future…a creative spirit born of intermingled cultures challenging preconceived ideas.

The city is bubbling and is ever changing…with young designers, students, architects, advertising professionals, movie makers, artists and musicians passing the day downtown and converging at sunset on the bay, meeting in restaurants with fine & imaginative cuisine, or in bar lounges where the elite will mix with the wandering tourist, or, at the frequent exclusive parties. The city offers a new face to those who want and know how to look at it differently.

And beyond the well-known post card, Cape Town is a city forever looking forward, scented with the past yet somehow always reflecting the bold colours of tomorrow…
It would be a pity to give it a miss!

Helene Soragna. FIT Manager

Cape Town - The Water Front

Lodge actually - The Utimate Romantique Address

Wolwedans nestles into the dunes and is set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, the Lodge provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature.

Each camp is designed with each guest’s individual needs at heart. For your home at Wolwedans you have a choice of the rustic, but unique comfort of the Dune Camp, the more elaborate Dunes Lodge and Mountain View Suite, the quietly secluded Private Camp or the latest gem, Boulders Camp, secretly tucked away amidst the grandeur of large granite rocks.

Wolwedans is not a dune hotel or a one night stop over destination, which can be ticked off en-route to the next tourist hot-spot. It is a place to arrive, to be, to learn and unwind, whilst being looked after by a friendly and involved local team.

You will marvel at your exclusive chance to get up close and personal with nature... in the absence of five-star city luxury, marble bathrooms and air-conditioned rooms. A liberating thought. Wolwedans provides an intriguing window for you to experience the desert’s elusive grandeur and breathtaking beauty.

From Scenic Drives, Scenic Flights, Ballooning, photography and trekking, sleep outs, this is your next stop address.

Le gout des autres - Le meilleur des vins sud-africains
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2007 Ataraxia Chardonnay

2007 Ataraxia Chardonnay, Elgin

Light yellow-gold in color, this wine has a nose of cold cream and buttered white toast. In the mouth it is beautifully mineral, with buttery flavors that do not overwhelm a core of lemon curd, bright acidity and grapefruit juice on the finish. Lovely. Between 9 and 9.5



Bright medium ruby. Reticent, slightly reduced nose combines dark berries, plum, tobacco and eucalyptus. Sweet, tactile and deep, with flavors of cassis, chocolate, licorice and mint. Rather claret-like and Old-World in style but with extra sweetness. A broad, mouthfilling wine that’s still young but already shows a suave texture.

2008 Nitida Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Nitida "Decorus" Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville

Palest green-gold in the glass, this wine smells of cut green grass, rainwater, and star fruit. In the mouth it is bright with acidity, and offers gorgeous star fruit and gooseberry flavors. Classic in profile with a long finish, there's nothing not to love.

2006 Beyerskloof Pinotage

2006 Beyerskloof Pinotage, Stellenbosch

Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine has a bright, pungent nose of cherry, cinnamon, and spice. In the mouth it is juicy, spicy, and beautifully textured with high toned notes of cinnamon and cherry. The wine has great acidity, long length in the mouth and a lovely finish that brings in notes of redcurrant. Likely the best Pinotage I have ever had.

2005 Bouchard Finlayson

2005 Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Walker Bay

Appealing on the nose with whiffs of Raspberry, cherry and oaky plum. Rich, long on the palate with full bodied firm harmonious structure ending in layers of velvety tannins which act as a guarantee for many years of positive development. Pinot Noir is the most food flexible varietal.


2005 XO PRIVATE COLLECTION Cabernet Sauvignon

Not yet on the John Platter Wine Guide … But Hope well and have well…

Paul-Henry Barbier. Wine Addict

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