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 Marlvin Gwese (head sommelier) and Brian Mahlangu (assistant sommelier) from the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town.
A few years ago I embarked on an excursion to the renowned Hemel-en-Aarde. After numerous wine tastings at numerous wine farms in the valley, I stopped at Creation and was met by Carolyn Martin. She took me through the wines and JC Martin, the winemaker, also expanded my knowledge – with alacrity. I felt very important that day! The beautiful ambience, the superb service and the team’s expertise are still fresh in my memory.
The Creation Viognier is a seductively well-textured wine with abundant fruit, accompanied by crisp, fresh acidity leading to a zesty aftertaste. The palate is rich and creamy with hints of white peach, cumquat and apricot. The wine is full of character just like the couple who made it!
Look out for Creation’s award-winning wines at the WOZANI Three Wine Men Tasting to be held on 6 September at South Africa House, London. The interest in South African wines is at an all-time high and the acclaimed Oz Clarke (wine writer), Tim Atkin (Master of Wine) and Olly Smith (TV presenter and wine columnist) look forward to showing you why.
Creation in the News
A few months back Alison Stewart, writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, visited Creation Wines and wrote a beautiful article on Creation and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Click here to read the article in their Travel Edition.
Chef Geoffrey Phillipson Visits Creation
“Incredible Wine and Food at Creation Wine Estate thanks to Carolyn Martin and Jean-Claude and your amazing team for such wonderful hospitality and our server Stephanie van Rooyen who was awesome!”
What a wonderful write-up from Geoffrey Phillipson on Facebook after visiting the Creation Tasting Room this past week. Geoffrey is a South African-born chef living and working in the USA. On his recent visit to South Africa, he brought his chef students for a culinary experience and went to discover the top restaurants in South Africa, including The Test Kitchen and Chefs Warehouse in Cape Town. He especially appreciated the different pairings offered at Creation, including the Wine and Herb and Wine and Flower Pairings.
Creation in Print
A few months ago we received the news that Creation will feature as a case study in Hillary Berman’s book Customer, LLC – The Small Business Guide to Engagement and Marketing. The book is now available and offers most informative reading. Thanks again Hillary! Follow Hillary on Twitter here.
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:
This was the most unexpected experience that we have had in the Cape. Very surprised as to the hidden secrets in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. Creation Wines and their Tapas menu with wine pairing was a superb experience and value for money. What an experience that is seriously world class!! Well done to Carolyn and her team. We will be back!
– Phil_Silcock1 (TripAdvisor review)
Wine Pairing at Creation Wines is magical. 8 top class plates and world-beating wines. Unusual props, mushrooms for earthiness, sage leaf for spice and Pinot Noir and Blends crash into your taste buds. Carolyn, the owner adds a touch of class to the occasion with the “inside track” of the winemaker. Attentive and knowledgeable, staff serve with smiles and humour. And the price is still a best kept secret even after Brexit! Don’t tell anyone; us Hermanus locals like to get a table at short notice….
– Jack t (TripAdvisor review)
We thought this just might be another poncy upmarket wine farm blah blah. It is gorgeous and the wines exceeded our expectations. Jo-ann who served us was exceptional and the moment where the owner personally fetched us yet unreleased Chardonnay from the cellar was sublime. Fantastic visit – only regret is that we did not book for lunch … On the list to return.
– Finchette (TripAdvisor review)
20 August 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.
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.
19 – 21 August 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.
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.
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.
7 September, 18h30: Creation Wines Tasting, Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon St, Holborn, London
Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa invites you to taste their award-winning wines at the renowned Vivat Bacchus Restaurant. For more information, please contact Daniela at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 September 2016.
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.