Years of planning and preparation are invested in ensuring that the agricultural aspects of growing wine are all working together to produce the best quality fruit – grapes that are healthy, perfectly ripe and expressive of their origin. Harvest is the culmination of each vintage in the vineyards, but the magic of turning grapes into wine starts with the process of fermentation. Fermentation is not only responsible for the alcohol content of wine; it is also the source of many of the flavour compounds which give wine its distinctive taste and aroma.
Harvested in the cool early morning, the grapes from Creation’s estate vineyards on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay have only a short distance to travel before reaching our state-of-the-art cellar which is nestled amongst the vines. This is critical in preserving the delicate precursors to flavour present within each berry. Each small crate of grapes is weighed to determine the yield, and most are de-stemmed before being pumped into the large primary fermentation tanks. Some wines (especially Pinot Noir) are fermented with a portion of whole bunches, the stems imparting some spiciness, freshness and grip to the wine. (It is important that the stems are also ‘ripe’ when introducing whole bunch fermentation as green stems can impart bitterness.) Sometimes grapes are left whole and not crushed, so that intra-cellular fermentation is achieved, a process known as ‘carbonic maceration’. Click here to read more.
Load Shedding with a Light Heart
Just when we thought the worst of the load shedding debacle was behind us, Eskom announced there was more to come. But with sunny days and sultry evenings upon us and the vineyards lush with new growth, we decided that there are far better things to do than complain!
So, should there be load shedding while on holiday on the Cape Whale Coast over the Festive Season, don’t despair – here are but a few bright ideas:
When is the last time you went on a proper picnic? Simply pick up a delectable picnic basket from Chef Tullishe le Roux at The Eatery in Hermanus (tel. 028 313 2970), make sure you have a chilled bottle of WhalePOD White or WhalePOD Rosé handy, and set off to one of the many magnificent picnic spots around Hermanus. Combine this with a quick visit across the lane to The Flower Scene (tel 028 312 4998) for a hand-picked bunch of indigenous fynbos to round off your picnic.
You can of course also take the family on a scenic trip along the Hemel-en-Aarde Road, stop off at Creation Wines and treat them (and yourself) to a scrumptious lunch or award-winning pairing in our Tasting Room. At Creation we cater for all ages, are always powered up, we have a generator and are full of energy! To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact email@example.com.
The many other fun options include a hike in Fernkloof or along the coastal path, swimming in one of the beautiful tidal pools, going on a vineyard safari at Creation or kayaking with Walker Bay Adventures (call Herman on 082 739 0159) – to mention but a few. More good news … You don’t have to wait for load shedding!
Creation Claims KLINK Award!
Creation has been awarded the coveted Yin and Yang Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door for the second time since the inception of the KLINK Awards three years ago. Consumer driven, the KLINK Awards are voted for by the public, and Creation would like to thank all those who voted for our Wine and Canapé Pairing. For those who haven’t experienced this award-winning treat before, do visit us soon! To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Creation we believe that our meticulously crafted wines deserve to be served in superior quality glasses. That’s why we’ve invested in Riedel’s finest for our Tasting Room; it certainly enhances the tasting experience. Don’t miss out on our special Riedel event to be held at Creation on Thursday, 4 December at 18h00. Click here for details and to book.
Bookings open for December and January
With the summer holidays around the corner, we’re already taking bookings for December 2014 and January 2015 – book now to avoid disappointment! Good news is that for the period 15 December to 5 January we’ll be extending our opening hours until 19h30 for sundowners. An abridged version of our regular menu will be available during this time offering cheese and antipasti platters as well as our famous wine and food pairing canapés.
For those who like to get an early start to the day, we will also be offering our 10h00 Brunch Pairing (arrival at 09h45). Click here to read about all the options available for your visit. To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact email@example.com.
Please note that the Tasting Room will be closed on 25 December and 1 January.