With the recent launch of the Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, Creation Wines has invited local Chef Benjamin Conradie of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve to showcase his interpretation of the perfect pairings for this versatile wine across three weeks and a delectable array of flavours.
Situated just outside of Gansbaai in Walker Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is nestled between mountain and sea – a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible flora and marine life in this unique setting at the southern tip of Africa. Home to the marine Big 5 (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins), and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos serves as home and inspiration to featured Chef Benjamin Conradie. Surrounded by the Cape Floral Kingdom and situated near a number of marine and nature reserves, it is also just 30 minutes from the Hemel-en-Aarde, home to Creation Wines.
POACHED CRAYFISH WITH TOMATO AND FENNEL CONSOMMÉ
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When it comes to pairing wine and food, two important concepts are weight and volume. Volume refers to the intensity of flavours in a dish; the softer the volume or more subtle the intensity of flavour, the more delicate the accompanying wine can be. An example of soft and loud flavours would be the difference between camembert and gorgonzola. Weight refers to the texture, consistency and heaviness of food – for instance a soufflé is light and airy while butter beans are far weightier with a dense texture. Here again lighter ingredients can pair with wines that have a finer structure, while heavier foods require more robust wines.
This week’s chef pairing is a study in complementary volume/weight. The poached crayfish is a combination of soft/heavy while the consommé is loud/light; the two major components of the dish fit together like a puzzle, complementing each other. The two components of the white Bordeaux-style blend that inspired the dish mirror these characteristics: the Semillon is soft/heavy with a lanolin-like mouth feel while the Sauvignon Blanc is loud/light with vibrant natural acidity and generous flavours of tropical fruit.
“The Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has a natural affinity for seafood,” says Chef Benjamin. “In this pairing specifically, the sweetness of the crayfish is balanced by the acidity in the tomato, and the result enhances the tropical fruit notes of the Sauvignon Blanc as well as the saltiness of the wine’s bouquet. Fennel echoes the more herbaceous character brought out by the Semillon, while the light and fresh tomato serves as a foil to the fruity notes of the Sauvignon Blanc, balancing the richness of the crayfish.”
Click here to order the unique, terroir-expressive Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014 and try this classic and delicious pairing at home.
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CREATION PINOT SHINES ON WORLD STAGE
Creation has a proud reputation for top quality Pinot Noir; this was recently confirmed when the estate won two gold and two silver medals at the 2014 Mondial des Pinots. Held in Sierre, Switzerland, this key international wine event drew almost 1 300 entries from 25 countries this year. The fact that a mere 8% was awarded the coveted gold medal is an indication of the rigorous selection process followed by the internationally renowned panel of judges.
The Mondial des Pinots highlights the elegance and subtlety but also the terroir-specific traits of the Pinot cultivar, offering producers the opportunity to measure the quality of their wines against the world’s best. The Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 and 2013 were both awarded a glittering gold while the Creation Pinot Noir 2012 and 2013 each received a silver medal.
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