Yes, at Creation the 2016 harvest is in full swing and to share in the adventure (and hard work!) are three talented and energetic interns, eager to enrich their winemaking experience. Welcome to Christian Dexl from Switzerland, Franziska Keck from Germany and Max Fredrich also from Germany. Click here to read further.
Herb and Wine Pairing – Part 5
Making the Freshest Taste Fresher
Over the past few weeks we’ve been running a series on Herb and Wine Pairing creating a delightful array of herb inspired dishes to accompany our wines. This week’s pairing is all about clean, crisp freshness – ideal for these glorious summer days and evenings!
The elegant purity of the recently released 2015 Creation Semillon makes a perfect pairing for Grilled Scallops with Pickled Carrot, Tomato Carpaccio, Cucumber, Basil Pesto and Fresh Herbs. (Click here for the recipe.) It is exciting to notice how the clean fresh acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the scallop meat. The minerality of the wine is further emphasised by the tomato as well as the pickled carrots with the acidity and saltiness creating a smoother richer mouthfeel in the wine. When it comes to the fresh herbs, the umami character of the basil, garlic flowers and nasturtiums beautifully complement the ‘Atlantic’ sea breeze charm for which Creation Semillon is renowned. All in all a match made in heaven, a ‘tasting dip in the ocean’ on a hot summer day – even the temperature of the wine has been taken into account with the addition of cool cucumber!
The 2015 Creation Semillon pleases with gentle aromas evoking the fresh sea breezes off the Atlantic, complemented by the seductive scent of sun-ripened grapefruit. Lanolin-like in texture, the palate shows nuances of caramelised citrus peel, hints of apricot kernel and lingering spice on the aftertaste. A mouthful of joy! Click here to order online.
Interesting Facts about the Herbs in the Recipe
Tropaeolum, more commonly known as ‘nasturtium’, is a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial plants. They have attractive, often intensely bright flowers and rounded, shield-shaped leaves. All parts are edible but the flower is most often consumed, making for an especially decorative salad ingredient. The taste is slightly peppery, reminiscent of watercress. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and soaked in spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.
The long, elliptic leaves of the wild garlic are accompanied by angular flowering stems with umbels of white flowers at the top. This perennial can reach up to 50 cm in height and often grows in large, dense colonies. Wild garlic is a wild relative of chives and originates from Europe and Asia. The pleasing taste combination of sweetness and astringency makes it a favourite in the kitchen, especially when added to risottos or omelettes and sauces to accompany meat and fish. The leaves can be eaten raw or lightly cooked depending on your preference.
This annual herb, which is native to India, has round, green and often pointed leaves and looks a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Basil is most commonly used fresh in cooked recipes and most of the time it is added at the last minute, as cooking destroys the flavour. Green basil features as a core ingredient in basil pesto and is delicious in green chicken curry. The flavour profile, being peppery and minty with a touch of sweetness, makes it a very versatile ingredient.
Riedel Glassware: Refresher Presentation
Tarryn Thomas of Riedel South Africa recently visited Creation to inspire us once more with the great advantages of varietal specific glassware. “It is possible that someone is as passionate about Riedel glassware as I am. Carolyn Martin and the team at Creation share a love and understanding for the distinctive importance of varietal specific glassware. It was my privilege to give a refresher presentation to all at Creation, including vital new members of their team. There is a powerful message expressed when Creation’s wines are tasted from glasses specifically designed and engineered for the delicacies and intricacies of each of their fabulous varietals,” Tarryn said.
Highlights and Happenings on the Creation Calendar
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.
13 February, 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 visit their Facebook page.
12 & 13 February: Cape Wine Auction, Klein Constantia Estate, Constantia
It is a rock star party, for an incredible cause. Amazing, money can’t buy, once-off Auction Lots granting access to the inner sanctum of South Africa’s top wine farms, are fiercely bid upon by an international audience over a spectacular lunch. For more information go to http://www.thecapewineauction.com/.
27 February, 15h00 – 19h00: Constantia Fresh, Buitenverwachting Wine Farm
Over the past 7 years Constantia Fresh has become one of the most prestigious outdoor wine events in South Africa. The festival offers a refreshing change to the many wine events held in crowded halls and is tailor-made to ensure that guests not only enjoy the day, but that each leaves feeling invigorated and filled with a lust for life. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.constantiafresh.com/.