Creation is delighted to announce that the 2013 Creation Reserve Pinot Noir is among the only 51 wines and brandies allocated a 5-star rating for the 2015 Platter Wine Guide. According to Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin, this distinction confirms the Estate’s proud Pinot pedigree.
Among the most recent accolades for the Creation Reserve Pinot Noir are two gold medals (for the 2012 and 2013 vintages) at the 2014 Mondial des Pinots held in Sierre, Switzerland and a gold medal (for the 2012 vintage) at the 2014 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The 2012 Creation Reserve Pinot was furthermore the recipient of a gold trophy at the 2013 Vinidivio Wine Fair held in Dijon, France while the 2013 vintage was also voted Best in the Pinot Noir Category at the 2014 FAIRLADY Consumer Awards.
The cool climate Hemel-en-Aarde where Creation is situated has long been famous for its Pinot Noir. In fact, for the 2015 Platter Wine Guide only four Pinots received the coveted 5-star rating and they all hail from the Hemel-en-Aarde. Creation’s specific setting on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge combines a close proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean with an elevation of 300 metres above sea level to offer cool conditions, ideal for the slow ripening of Pinot Noir.
A limited production wine from low yielding blocks, the Creation Reserve Pinot 2013 is described as being lustrous, regal purple in colour with multiple layers of rose petal, dried apricot, cherry and spice on the nose. The luxurious, silky palate is in harmony, also offering deep tones of liquorice on the lingering aftertaste. Click here to buy online.
The Art of Winemaking: The Vineyards
In our first instalment of The Art of Winemaking series we looked at the importance of terroir in the winemaking process. This week we consider the vineyards. Row direction, site aspect and soil preparation all need to be determined, and once the correct cultivar has been planted to the correct vineyard site, the work has only just begun.
The yearly cycle of growth and dormancy needs to be carefully monitored and young vines trained to the preferred system to ensure optimal bunch spacing as well as determine potential yield and a number of other factors. Cellarmaster of Creation Wines, Jean-Claude Martin, is a qualified viticulturist and is thus deeply involved in vineyard management as well as in the winemaking process itself.
Row Direction, Aspect and Soil Preparation
Row direction is an important consideration, with the general rule being that red cultivars are oriented north-south – this means that the ripening bunches receive early morning and late afternoon sun, while the canopy provides some shade during the heat of the midday. White cultivars are oriented east-west, so that there is more shade and protection for the more delicate white grapes as the sun is overhead throughout the day. Slope aspect is an integral part of planting as north- and east-facing slopes are planted to maximise exposure to sunlight, while south-facing slopes tend to be cooler and more shaded. With 450-million-year-old virgin land one of the unique attributes that attracted Jean-Claude, Creation benefits from naturally healthy soils that require little preparation other than deep ploughing and the addition of nutrients and lime to correct the soil pH, before being planted to suitable cultivars.
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Visit our New Website
Creation’s truly impressive new website went live earlier this month and combines creativity with easy accessibility. Buying your favourite Creation wines online has never been easier – whether using your credit card or IBT. But why not find out for yourself? Simply go to www.creationwines.com