Creation Wines in South Africa’s famous Walker Bay Wine Region was delighted to participate in the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association that took place between 17 and 19 July in Niagara, Ontario.
In combining winemaking showmanship with culinary artistry, gorgeous flavours with irresistible textures, Creation has gained an enviable reputation for their Wine and Food Pairing. They work closely with top chefs from around the world and in the run-up to the International Cool Climate Chardonnay celebration, Creation cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin invited Canadian celebrity chef Justin Downes to select his favourite Chardonnay and create a dish to match it. Click here to read further.
Creation Celebrates CVC Membership
Good news from our beautiful estate on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is the fact that we have recently attained the coveted Cape Vintner Classification (CVC). This independent body is committed to the accreditation, governance, representation and promotion of distinctive, regional site-specific Cape wines and at Creation we are proud to have met their stringent set of criteria. These comprise estate ownership and an independent audit and evaluation of technical and environmental standards, cellar door facilities, ethical matters and wine quality.
The CVC vision is to express the diversity of the Cape Winelands through distinctive site-specific estate wines that capture the natural beauty of the environment in which they are grown. This is directly in line with Creation cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin’s philosophy of ‘enhancing the beauty of nature’ and the Creation mission of ‘harnessing the rich gifts of nature and our unique terroir to reward the wine lover with wines of rare balance, elegance, distinction and finesse’.
“The Cape Vintner Classification is a symbol of quality for world-class Cape wines and at Creation we are delighted to have earned this distinction,” says Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin. To find out more about the CVC, click here.
Wine Word of the Week: Maceration
Red grapes (with the exception of a few rare cultivars) have colourless juice. To extract colour, flavour and tannins the skins of the red grapes are left in contact with the juice during fermentation. This is known as ‘maceration’ and the duration determines the level of extraction of these elements. Red wines will often undergo two to three weeks of maceration during the initial stages of wine production. This process is critical in determining the colour stability and age-worthiness of red wines by influencing the tannin structure. Traditionally made rosé wines will undergo a much shorter maceration, often only a few hours, which accounts for the much lighter colour.
Highlights and Happenings on the Creation Calendar
Ranging 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.
23 – 26 July: Good Food and Wine Show with Chef Coco Reinarhz Explore your Inner Foodie! For details, click here.
22 August, 3 pm – 8 pm: Big Bottle Festival at the Cape Town Club, 18 Queen Victoria St, Gardens, Cape Town. R450 pp.
Join wine and food lovers at the 5th annual Big Bottle Festival, South Africa’s super-sized and grandest annual wine tasting extravaganza, celebrating Big Bottle masterpieces. Participation of producers is strictly by invitation from The Big Bottle Festival Sommelier team in order to maintain the superior level set for the event. For details, click here.