Last week we featured talented chef Peter Goffe-Wood’s recipe for Seared Yellowtail with Fennel, Olives, New Potatoes and Salsa Rossa – a dish he paired with great success with the Creation Sauvignon Blanc. This week Peter kindly shares the recipe for his mouth-watering Wild Mushroom Risotto which he recommends as a marvellous match for the Creation Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to cultivate successfully unless there exists a certain synergy between the vine, the terroir and the winemaker. It is perhaps surprising then that Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines to pair with food. The delicate tannin structure means that one is not restricted to red meat and that the wine complements heavier fish such as tuna and salmon, while the freshness and flavour profile of the elegant Creation Pinot Noir make it the perfect dry wine to match with a berry-themed dessert.
With winter well and truly upon us here in the Cape Winelands though, chef Peter’s steaming Wild Mushroom Risotto is the ideal comfort food pairing with Pinot Noir. Renowned for its subtle earthy flavours reminiscent of truffles, forest mushrooms and dried leaves the wine imparts a savouriness and warmth that perfectly suit the dish.
Deep ruby in colour, gleaming and inviting in the glass, the intensely fragrant Creation Pinot Noir shows a melange of cherry, red and dark berry aromas, elegant vanilla and a whiff of wood spice. These follow through on the full-bodied palate where soft, supple tannins contribute to a dense structure. A superbly balanced wine with a lingering, memorable aftertaste.
Creation Hosts First Pinot Noir Workshop
Winemakers and other wine industry representatives attended the first Pinot Noir Workshop on Tuesday 2 June 2015, held in the Tasting Room at Creation situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The workshop commenced with an overview of Pinot Noir production in South Africa after which an open discussion was held to determine the demand for and viability of establishing a more formalised Pinot Noir Interest Group. Pinot Noir is rapidly gaining market share and Pinot Noir plantings have increased steadily over the preceding years, making it a necessity for Pinot Noir producers to share knowledge and technology to ensure that quality and consistency are maintained. The successful discussion ended with a blind tasting of a number of local and international Pinot Noir wines as a benchmarking exercise for different styles and techniques of Pinot Noir production.
Exciting FynArts Exhibition at Creation
Creation looks forward to participating in the Hermanus FynArts Festival to be held from 5 to 16 June 2015. The Festival, an all-encompassing fair of visual arts, literature, music and award-winning food and wine, is now in its third year and hosted in assorted venues in and around the coastal town of Hermanus.
One of these venues will be Creation Wines where we will be showcasing a truly exciting installation of sculptures by the South African artist, Roberto Vaccaro, between 9 and 16 June 2015. Roberto predominantly sculpts South African wildlife, using scrap metal as a medium. Over the past few years the talented Roberto has exhibited his art in numerous places across South Africa. His work has strong conservation significance with the organically mechanised sculptures reflecting the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. The found metal used for these pieces has been tortured and welded and intricately assembled to symbolise the vulnerability of these figures.
“The conservation sentiments expressed by Roberto Vaccaro’s work reflect our dedication to sustainability and we therefore take pride in showcasing his exceptional sculptures during the FynArts Festival.”
Creation co-owner and marketing director, Carolyn Martin.
Wine Word of the Week: Mouthfeel
The term ‘mouthfeel’ is used when assessing wine. It specifically focusses on the physical and chemical interaction of the wine with the palate – from the initial perception, through swallowing and into the finish or aftertaste. There are many qualities that can be perceived by assessing mouthfeel, some of the most common are weight, density, dryness and texture.
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.
The Durban Wine Show – Suncoast Casino, 4 – 6 June all day
In 2010 The Wine Show undertook to take the industry across South Africa to grow untapped markets. It kicked off to high acclaim in Port Elizabeth and now takes on the swanky Suncoast. Cost R140 – R220. Contact 021 824 3132.
Holy Rosary Food and Wine Festival – C/O Adjutant & Horwood Street, Elma Park, Edenvale, Johannesburg on 5 June between 5 pm and 10:30 pm.
An exciting and much enjoyed annual event taking place in the Bishop Shanahan Hall. There will be an extended food area with seating for added comfort and enjoyment.
Hermanus FynArts Festival, 5 – 16 June
An all-encompassing fair of visual arts, literature, music and award-winning food and wine, hosted in assorted venues in and around the quaint coastal town of Hermanus. Tickets available through Webticket. Visit www.hermanusfynarts.co.za for more information.
Delicious Festival – Waterfall Polo Estate Midrand on 6 June
World class entertainment and gourmet food await you. Visit Creation in the Nedbank Wine Garden! For more information go to http://deliciousfestival.com.