One of the current trends in the wine industry, both locally and internationally, is the re-emergence of dry Rosé as a popular style. Creation’s Whale Pod Spyhopping Rosé is a shining example.

There are several methods of producing Rosé. In the Champagne region of France red and white base wines of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay are blended to make the effervescent Rosés. Rosé can also be produced solely from red grapes by restricting the length of the maceration to a few hours. The juice of most red grapes is clear and so the colour is obtained from the skin. A short maceration will thus result in a light tint and not the deeper red colour of red wines which have undergone maceration for several weeks.

At Creation we use the saignée method. Saignée is French for ‘bleeding’ and refers to the act of drawing free run juice from must which is destined to become red wine, but which has not yet achieved a deep colour. To read further, click here. To order the Whale Pod Spyhopping Rosé, go to our online shop.

Wine Word of the Week

When wine is swirled in the glass there is often a noticeable film left behind. As the alcohol evaporates (releasing aromas) the remaining liquid forms drops and runs back down the side of the glass into the wine. While it is a myth that legs can indicate quality in a wine, they do indicate the levels of alcohol and sugar in the wine. The denser the legs, the higher the alcohol and the more viscous (syrupy) the legs are, the higher the sugar content.

Highlight 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.

CAPE TOWN
8 August 19h00 for 20h00: Fashion Flavour & Art, Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront

Expect an evening of elegance, rich flavours, inspiring creativity and all the fine things in life. R450 per person – all funds raised will go to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). Tickets available from WebTickets.co.za. Click here for more information.

11 August 16h00 to 19h00: Tasting at Wine Concepts, Kloof Street, Cape Town

21 & 22 August 15h00 to 20h00: Big Bottle Festival at the Cape Town Club, 18 Queen Victoria St, Gardens, Cape Town. R450 pp.

Join wine and food lovers at South Africa’s super-sized and grandest annual wine tasting extravaganza, celebrating Big Bottle masterpieces. Participation of producers is strictly by invitation to maintain the superior level set for the event. For details, click here.

29 August: Casa Labia Sanlam Portrait Awards, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town Tel: 021 788 6068 Email: gallery@casalabia.co.za.

HERMANUS
7, 8 and 9 August: Hermanus Food and Wine Festival, Wine Village, Hermanus

Voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 Wine Festivals, this celebration brings together more than 65 of the premium wine and craft beer producers in South Africa. R150 per person per day – tickets available at the door. Click here for more information.

Don’t miss out on the Hemel-en-Aarde Master Class presentations to be held as part of the Hermanus Food and Wine Festival! The presentations take place on 8 and 9 August at the Wine Village with the first one featuring eight Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noirs and the second one Wines With Attitude from the Hemel-en-Aarde. To secure one of the limited 45 seats available please book with Frieda Lloyd at frieda@hermanuswineroute.com.

DURBAN
13 August, 19h00: Wine Pairing, Nonna Makaranga Lodge, Kloof R300 per person.
RSVP Collin on nonna@makaranga.com.

26 August: Creation Wine Dinner at 9th Ave Bistro, Morningside R395 for 5 course dinner. RSVP 031 312 9134

27 to 29 August: The Mercury Wine Week, Suncoast Sunstrip

It’s hip, happening and funky – a week that rocks the Durban wine calendar each year! The fun has a serious side too as a key fund-raising event for The Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Click here for more information.

PRETORIA
5 August 18h30 for 19h00: Food and Wine Pairing, Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co, Sinoville
R195 per person. Booking essential – tel. 012 5673708.

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