Creation has built a proud reputation for producing wines that are remarkably food friendly, but few are as versatile as the Syrah Grenache – a wine we like to describe as a ‘sly chameleon’ thanks to its ability to change personality depending on the occasion!
Celebrity Chef Coco Reinahrz of Sel et Poivre has created many pairings in collaboration with Creation, however when it comes to the Creation Syrah Grenache, one of his firm favourites is the Slow Roasted Lamb Neck and Black Olive Cannelloni. The savoury aspects of the Syrah Grenache echo the umami-laden red wine and olive paste sauce, while the plum fruit and natural freshness on the palate provide a fine counterpoint to the richness of the meat.
In the glass the wine is dark purple in colour, almost black, with flashes of deep crimson. It has alluring aromas of ripe black olive elegantly complemented by whiffs of pepper. On the palate it shows intense flavours of ripe plum, black pepper and umami, while supple tannins and well-integrated, natural acidity contribute to the appeal.
There are many reasons why larger bottles of wine are becoming increasingly popular. Apart from being sought-after collector’s items they make brilliant gifts for family, friends and business associates. But the simplest reason is probably still the best: they make you feel good, and that’s what wine is all about! This picture shows a 6 litre bottle in relation to a regular 750 ml bottle. The 6 litre 2012 Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot blend is part of an order of over 1000 large format bottles being sent off to Germany.
Wine Word of the Week: Racking
This term is often mentioned in relation to the barrel ageing of wine, for example: ‘This wine spent 14 months in French oak barriques and was racked three times.’ Racking is the gentlest way of removing sediment and suspended particles in wine as it matures in barrels; it is the process of pumping clear wine that has been allowed to settle into a clean barrel, leaving sediment behind. This process is typically repeated three times before the wine is completely clear. Other methods of filtering include physical micro-filters and egg whites (which attract the protein particles suspended in the wine).
This week saw the conclusion of the Hermanus FynArts Festival of which one of the highlights was the exhibition of metal sculptures by several artists at Creation. Click here to read more about and view some of the art works.