A clone is a vine propagated from one single mother vine with the result that each plant that is propagated from it is identical in DNA and uniform in personality.
In South Africa quality grafting material is extremely important: to minimise the risk of spreading virus but also to ensure that the clones selected are best suited to the site on which they will be planted. The estate vineyards on Creation represent a virus-free mother block from which cuttings are taken to establish new vineyards throughout the country, thus helping to improve the quality of South African vineyards.
To read more, click here.
Cape Wine 2015 Underway
At the time of writing Cape Wine, which is the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry, is underway. And Creation is delighted to participate.
Presented at the Cape Town International Convention Centre every three years by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), Cape Wine is the most successful international wine trade show in the Southern Hemisphere. With delegates from across the globe, it is an important date on the calendar for wineries, traders and journalists alike.
Highlights include a series of seminars by experts and insiders: winemakers, viticulturists, trendsetters and other high profile speakers who share their views and ideas on various aspects of the local wine industry. A special wine tasting area allows visitors to explore a wide range of themes, styles and regions – highlighting top quality wines across 17 specified areas.
A total of 240 wines are being poured in this tasting area housed within the exhibition hall, offering the ideal way to taste and compare in one visit, without interruption. Experts from the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) are on hand to assist you and answer your questions.
Creation in South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC) National Finals
The 15 best national tasters issued from the provincial selections held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town met at the luxurious TAJ Hotel in Cape Town on 13 September to face the challenge of identifying wines from around the world, and to decide who deserves to be the 2015 South African Wine Tasting Champions.
Competitors had two hours to taste blind and identify 12 wines from 8 different countries. To mark points they had to guess the country, the cultivar, the vintage, the appellation and the producer of the wines served to them in anonymous decanters.
The diverse lineup of wines forced the contestants to use their talents and the Creation Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was first up for tasting – chosen for its ability to effortlessly reflect the cooler climate style of Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Hemel-en-Aarde. We wish the SAWTC team the best of luck as they head for France to compete in the international leg.
Wine Word of the Week: Clone
A clone is a vine that has developed differently from other vines of the same cultivar, often possessing unique and desirable characteristics relating to disease resistance, fruit quality and growth. A clone may develop through natural selection by adapting to its natural environment or it may be developed in a controlled environment to advance favourable characteristics.
Creation by Kamers in Hermanus
‘n Verskeidenheid heerlike happies, geskep deur o.a. The Eatery op Hermanus en Nic van Wyk (Kokkedoor-sjef en -beoordelaar, asook eienaar van Bistro 13 op Stellenbosch) sal voorgesit word. Die wyn-en-kospasmaats word deur Creation se kundige personeel bedien – ‘n proe-ervaring soos min!
Vanjaar bied Creation hierdie unieke proe-ervaring by Hermanus Kamers 2015 van 24 tot 27 September aan. Die landgoed word as’t ware na Kamers gebring met ‘n verskeidenheid keuses soos ‘n onvergeetlike wyn-en-kospasmaatservaring, wynproe en ‘n wyn-en-kosteater. By dié teater gaan gassjef Nic van Wyk van Kokkedoor-faam geregte uit die boonste rakke voorsit om Creation se wyne te komplementeer.
Tierlantyn’kies is back!
Creation is proud to once again participate in Tierlantyn’kies – the original ‘kuier- en koopfees’ – where more than 60 exhibitors who sell a variety of goods, including jewellery, gifts, toys, clothing, leather goods and décor items come together under one roof. There are also many food and deli stalls offering delicious treats and of course patrons can enjoy a glass of Creation wine, while being entertained by local musicians. Kids aren’t forgotten and the entertainment includes creative workshops, face painting and much more.
Be sure to join Creation for this celebration of creativity! 30 September to 6 October at 3Ci Zwavelpoort Atterbury Extension, Pretoria. Tickets at the entrance.
For more info go to http://www.tierlantynkies.co.za
More Highlights and Happenings on the Creation Calendar
Ranging from fun functions and sensational shows on the Creation Estate to maintaining a strong presence at prestigious wine events, we love to see you there! Here are some of the latest attractions.
25 and 26 September 18h30 – 22h00: Matt Manning’s One Ingredient, 7th Floor Innovation Centre, Black River Park, Observatory An interactive monthly dining experience designed for those who are as excited about what goes in to creating a beautiful dish as they are about eating it.
24 September 10h00 – 17h00: Fijnwyn Food and Wine Festival, Shokran Events Venue outside Pretoria Come and enjoy delicious food and wine pairing and spend some quality time with family and friends. Tickets through itickets.co.za: R130 Adults, Kids under 12 Free. For more info go to http://www.fijnwyn.co.za.
26 & 27 September 11h00 – 19h00: Casalinga Festa de Primavera, Rocky Ridge Road, Off Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift Visitors will be treated to a fantastic selection of fine wines from 20 estates, olives, craft beer on tap, artisanal foods and crafts, as well as live music from some of South Africa’s top bands. Adults R250, Children under 12 R90. For more info and to book, click here.