Saturday evening 11 April saw the Creation team celebrating our 2015 Harvest with suppliers, clients and friends from the local community. Local Pastor Johnny Willemse from Hemel-Rand led in a prayer of blessing and gave thanks for the harvest while those present generously contributed towards the needs of Diepgat Primary, a small neighbouring school.
The harvest of course is a team effort and our hearty thanks go to all who participated: the Creation vineyard team under Peter Davison and George Daniels for delivering such exceptional fruit to the cellar, the cellar team (including our enthusiastic interns) for their dedication and hard work, our chefs for constantly fuelling the work with good food and the Tasting Room team (especially Phillip) who kept everyone going with tasty lunch treats and early evening braais. We look forward to sharing the bounty of our harvest with you over the coming months and years! To view a video and pics of our Harvest Festival, click here.
We also wish to thank those present at our Harvest Festival for their kind donations to the Diepgat Primary School. Thanks to your generosity we are now able to start supplying some much needed items such as filing cabinets, a printer, school shoes and jackets for the kids for winter and a school fence. In case anyone would still like to make a donation or a contribution in goods or time, you are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To plough our many blessings back into the Hemel-en-Aarde community, Creation is also currently working on a bigger project with Pebbles and the Cape Wine Auction. We hope to include some healthcare and sickbay facilities, transport solutions for getting the children in the Hemel-en-Aarde to and from school and after-care for scholars and pre-primary education.
Four Creation Wines among SA Top 100 Wines
No less than four Creation red wines were recently selected for the prestigious SA Top 100 Wine Challenge. The Challenge provides an objective, independent and professional rating with judging panels made up of the highest quality experts.
Creation’s ‘top four’ are the Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2012, the Creation Syrah, Grenache 2013, the Creation Syrah 2013 and the Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2013. Co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin is delighted with the result, saying “Pinot Noir is part of our DNA and having that background means that we take similar care producing all our other red wines. Virus free vineyards combined with our cool climate and the 450-million-year-old virgin soils give us the quality of grapes to craft fine wines. Continuous innovation starting with our cultivar selection through to the work we do in the vineyards and the cellar means that we are on a mission to improve all the time. It’s rewarding to have such good feedback from an accomplished panel of judges.”
Spotlight on Merlot
Merlot is popular in most wine drinking markets, as a single varietal, but also as a blending partner with the heavier Cabernet Sauvignon and many other red cultivars. Although not as widely planted as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot nonetheless remains the most planted grape in France and more specifically in Bordeaux where it makes up over 60% of vineyard area. If you love Merlot, you can celebrate it on November 7th – International Merlot Day. Click here to read more.
Bob Skinstad and Mark Lottering visit Creation
On Friday, 10 April Creation played host to Bob Skinstad and his guests. Bob is the official tourism ambassador for the Cape Whale Coast and this visit was not only to showcase the unique tourism opportunities of the area, but also to record a TV programme for the Dan Nicholl TV show. Click here to read more.
Book Now for the Creation, Curry & Chuckles Show with Mark Palmer
Top South African stand-up comedian, Mark Palmer, is back by popular demand. You can catch him onstage at Creation on 17 May 2015 for the Creation, Curry & Chuckles Show where his irresistible wit will be spiced up by the delectable curry created by our gifted chef and enhanced by our award-winning wines. Tickets are limited – click here to book.