In this popular series we feature selected sommeliers from top restaurants around the world. Each chooses his or her favourite Creation wine, tells us why and recommends a matching dish. This week we welcome Zimkhitha Mshiya from the highly regarded Maslow Hotel in Sandton.
I rate Creation among South Africa’s top wineries. Healthy grapes are a prerequisite for quality wines and Creation’s virus-free vineyards coupled with cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin’s dedication result in truly beautiful wines.
The Latest and Tastiest from our Culinary Team
To celebrate the release of the 2015 Creation Reserve Pinot Noir, Chef Francois created a delightful pairing partner: Quail stuffed with Shitake Mushroom Farce, Bordeaux-style Blend Pickling Onions and Reduction, Bacon Purée and Herb Soil. Click here for the recipe.
In line with our policy of constant innovation, our Wine and Cheese Pairing now features a new selection of four artisanal cheeses accompanied by our chefs’ choice of preserves, compotes and chutney – perfectly paired with four of our award-winning wines. Click here to make a reservation.
Wine and Flowers – a Delectable Combination
Our wine and food pairing guru Carolyn Martin recently contributed to a pairing with an exciting difference: Wine and Flowers! Commissioned by VISI magazine, Carolyn paired an entire ‘bouquet’ of edible flowers with Creation’s award-winning wines – with delectable results! Click here to read the feature in VISI.
Welcome to the Playground of the Whales
Annually, from June till November, the Southern Right Whales visit our shores to mate and calve in the waters of Walker Bay. Hermanus, De Kelders and Gansbaai offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and there are a variety of boat-based options available to the whale enthusiast. Here are but a few tour operators:
- Hermanus Whale Cruises (+27 (0) 28 313 2722)
- Hermanus Whale Watchers (+27 (0) 28 312 4957)
- Southern Right Charters (+27 (0) 82 353 0550)
- Dyer Island Cruises (+27 (0) 82 801 8014)
- Ivanhoe Sea Safaris (+27 (0) 28 3840556)
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 a few comments recently made by our visitors:
We regularly visit Creation Wines and always enjoy the setting, the food and of course the excellent wines. On Saturday, 23 July, we decided on the spur of the moment to visit without making a reservation. As could be expected all the tables were booked, but the friendly staff offered to accommodate our party of six at a table where the guests would arrive in an hour and a half. We had no qualms to be the Travelling Whatevers as long as we could sample the wines. Carolyn personally ensured this travelling party had a fantastic time. We cannot thank her enough for her generosity and personal attention. As usual the wines lived up to the name of this beautiful valley – Hemel-en-Aarde. And the proverbial cherry on top was when Carolyn introduced us to their Port – only to be released in November – paired with their deconstructed Tiramisu. Highly recommended.
– Douw S (TripAdvisor review)
We had so much fun at Creation. The food was fantastic and the wines are all gorgeous. I can definitely recommend the 8 course ‘tapas’ tasting. Although don’t let the title ‘tapas’ put you off it’s more than enough food and the flavours are incredible. What we really liked was the relaxed atmosphere, not as stuffy as some other tasting venues in Cape Town. Really worth the value.
– 818Jade (TripAdvisor review)
I was totally overwhelmed with the experience we had at Creation. The venue is beautiful, the staff so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and the wines outstanding and then finally, the food. The wine and food pairing was just phenomenal and I honestly believe it can compete with the likes of Pot Luck Club where I have dined a number of times. The food creations were delicious with great and interesting combinations. Such an incredible experience.
– Magda Oosthuizen (E-feedback form)
30 July 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.
6 – 8 August from 11h00: Hermanus Wine and Food Festival, Curro School Hermanus Every year in August, the wine region of Hermanus and Walker Bay celebrates its many diverse wines, wineries and winemakers by staging the annual Hermanus Wine and Food Festival. Each year the event grows bigger and better – lately attracting at least 5 000 people over the weekend. Entry to the venue is R50 per person and to enter the Wine Arena R100 per person, allowing you to sample as many wines as you desire. Children have their own designated play area. For more information visit www.hermanuswineandfood.co.za and for bookings visit online.computicket.com.
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.
29 – 31 July 15h00 – 20h00: Creation Wines at The Collections Wine Bar, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay This exciting new pop-up wine bar in Camps Bay is run by Xavier Didier in partnership with VNL Events. For more information visit their Facebook page here.
2 August 16h00: Durban Vinimark Trade Show, Hilton Hotel, Walnut Road, Durban The second in a series of Vinimark and Wineworx wine shows. Creation will be exhibiting at all these shows.
24 – 26 August, 17h30 – 20h30: Mercury Wine Week, Greyville Racecourse, Durban The Mercury Wine Week opens its doors for the 38th consecutive year! This is a chance for traders, connoisseurs and wine lovers to meet with the men and women who create our finest blends, sampling hundreds of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines. For more information go to here.
28 July 18h30: Proe’toria Food and Wine Pairing at Monte de Dios, Achilles Street, Pretoria Join us for a food and wine experience featuring an outstanding selection of Creation wines expertly paired with 6 courses of gourmet cuisine. Book now to avoid disappointment – email email@example.com.
6 September 18h00: Wosani Three Wine Men Tasting, The South African House, Trafalgar Square Interest in South African wines is at an all-time high. Find out why as Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith introduce a diverse selection of some of South Africa’s best wines. Meet the talented winemakers in person to grill them about their magic touch! To book tickets click here.
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.