In this popular series we feature selected restaurants from around the world. Each chooses a favourite Creation wine, tells us why and recommends a matching dish. This week we welcome back Constantijn Hahndiek from Hartford House in Mooi River, Natal Midlands.
Chef Constantijn says:
I’m a big fan of Creation because the team is so food focused; and then I’m a big fan of Chardonnay because of its diversity. The uniqueness of the Creation Art of Chardonnay makes it the perfect vessel for us to show off some spring produce. So, a delivery of Natal deep sea crayfish – and looking at the beautiful spring apple blossoms on our trees – presented a temptation we could not resist. Of course a fond memory of diving for crayfish off Hermanus near the Creation Estate also spurred a little inspiration. And so the dish of Crayfish with Crayfish Butter, thinly sliced Apple with Apple Blossom Foam, earthy Sweet Peas, Artichokes sautéed in a Lime Oil and Bronze Fennel was created.
Creation is proud to announce that the 2015 Creation Pinot Noir received a gold medal at the annual Mondial des Pinots held in Sierre, Switzerland.
This key international wine event highlights the elegance and subtlety but also the terroir-specific traits of the Pinot cultivar, offering producers the opportunity to measure and compare the quality of their wines against the world’s best.
Left is cellarmaster JC’s father, Hans-Rudi Martin receiving the award on his behalf.
Carolyn among the Magic of Hartford House Herb Garden
Creation’s Waterblommetjiebredie in Die Burger Versnit
Creation’s innovative Culinary Team never fails to impress and delight the palate. Click here for Chef Francois Hugo’s exciting deconstructed waterblommetjiebredie recipe created as a delectable companion for the Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot blend. The article, Sjef in Seisoen, was written by Samarie Smith and features in the latest edition of Versnit, a popular food, wine and travel supplement to Die Burger.
Giving back to the Community
A huge thank you to Standard Bank and all the visitors to the Creation Tasting Room who contributed to the total of R30 000 raised for the Diepgat Primary School in the Hemel-en-Aarde. (See picture below.)
We are also delighted to announce that the Hemel-en-Aarde Community Project managed by Pebbles is starting this week and welcome Elizabeth Naude, Pebbles Project manager, to our community! All future contributions received in the Creation Tasting Room will go towards the vehicle needed to safely transport the children to the Early Childhood Development Centre and Afterschool Club.
Another big thank you goes to our friends at the De Hoop Collection who generously sponsored the Whale Time Serenade musicians to perform at Creation on the evening of 14 September in order to raise funds for the vehicle and project. Click here for more details and to book for this event.
Our sincere gratitude to our Tasting Room visitors, Standard Bank, the Cape Wine Auction and Liz and Julian Beare from the Beare Foundation for their generosity and commitment to the people of the Hemel-en-Aarde.
Change of UK online agent for Creation Wines
Please note that we have changed online agents in the UK to Buy Great Wine. Click here to view which Creation Wines they have available for you.
Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise
Situated some 18 kilometres from the coastal resort of Hermanus, Creation is more than a wine farm; it is a glorious destination where a warm welcome awaits young and old. Click here to make a reservation. Here are some comments recently made by our visitors:
Excellent wine pairing and three course meal. We brought out 2 x 3 year olds with us and they were kept busy in the separate playroom, which gave us a few minutes to relax. Would recommend to book well in advance if you want to be close to playroom.
– John-Adrian (TripAdvisor review)
It was our 4th Anniversary & I (as a surprise to my hubby) had booked a chocolate & wine pairing & asked if they could do something special like add strawberries since the traditional theme for 4 years is fruits & flowers … Not only were we welcomed with extreme kindness & professionalism but they even made the effort to write “happy 4th anniversary” with white chocolate on the wooden board & added chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries & beautiful flowers!!! The service was absolutely amazing & the attentiveness & professionalism was overwhelming (in a good way of course). The wines & chocolates were to die for & it really is worth the visit!! Beautiful views, wonderful wine & great people:) Thanx guys for making it such a fantastic experience!
– Kaylirah (TripAdvisor review)
We had tried to visit Creation the day before, but it was full, so we booked for the next day. We had the tapas. Well the food was wonderful, with each dish accompanied with a different wine. The waitress explained fully about the wine plus how it complemented the food. Unfortunately, I was the designated driver. This was allowed for with the offer of different teas and the same service offered. So after all the Tapas, we just had to experience the sweet as well – Oh dear. We were not disappointed.
10 September 9h00 – 13h00: Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club A small market with a lot of soul where good friends meet hug and eat … You can look forward to an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information click here.
14 September 18h00: A Sunset Serenade at Creation, Creation Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus What better way to celebrate spring, than with a sunset performance by the renowned Whale Time Serenade musicians accompanied by a delectable three course meal prepared by our culinary team. Proceeds will be donated to the Hemel-en-Aarde Community Project to raise funds for a much needed vehicle to transport the children. A ticket costs R500. RSVP with Salome at email@example.com before 12 September.
18 – 19 November from 16h00: Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration, The Thatch House, Hermanus Imagine manicured green lawns, crystal blue waters, a delightful string quartet and world-class Chardonnay … The Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration takes place for the first time this year, focusing on the exceptional quality and distinctiveness of this area’s cool-climate Chardonnay. While the spotlight will be on Chardonnay, other wines produced by the 13 winegrowers from the Hemel-en-Aarde will also be showcased. Save the date. More information to follow.
9 – 11 September 11h00 – 15h00: Wine, Whales and Music De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp This very successful musical weekend is always well attended and this year is nearly sold out already. The weekend offers spectacular whale viewing, fabulous wines and incredible music provided by members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Creation Wines will be there to show our wines on the Saturday. Booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
23 September 18h00 – 21h00: The Annual Spring Wine Festival, Riverbend Art & Wine Gallery, Southbroom More than 40 of South Africa’s best wine estates will be profiling more than 130 top wines for the public to taste and purchase at cellar door prices on the night. Tickets are limited and cost R120 which includes a free tasting glass and hot and cold snacks to complement the great wines. Tickets are on sale at Riverbend. For more information, phone 039 316 6204.
8 September 10h00 – 18h00: Intrepid South Africa, Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London ‘Intrepid South Africa’ is Wines of South Africa’s major generic trade tasting in the UK and will focus on the fearless, brave and intrepid nature of South Africa as a winemaking country. For more information click here.
14 September 18h00 – 21h00: Creation Wines Tasting, The Workshop, 1414 62nd Street Emeryville, San Francisco Jean-Claude Martin will be hosting a tasting at The Workshop’s opening night in San Francisco. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.