No doubt about it: there are as many winemaking styles as there are winemakers! Talking to Jean-Claude (JC) Martin of Creation, one soon learns that his philosophy is based on “enhancing the beauty of nature”. JC says: “In harnessing the rich gifts of nature and our unique terroir, we strive to reward the wine lover with wines of rare balance, elegance, distinction and finesse.”
The Swiss-born JC completed his viticultural studies in 1991 at Wädenswil and then went on to qualify as a winemaker at the Swiss Federal School of Changins in 1995. These qualifications provided what he still regards to be a firm and ideal grounding – “viticulture first, then winemaking”.
According to JC it is essential to look at the natural influences on the vineyards during the growing season. The terroir dictates the quality and character of the fruit used to make wine, and the cooler climate of the Hemel-en-Aarde results in grapes which achieve phenolic ripeness while retaining excellent natural acidity. To quote him: “When you are harvesting quality fruit it is not necessary to manipulate the wine. Rather guide it gently through the winemaking process so as to preserve the sense of place.”
An important influence on his winemaking style is of course the vintage. The weather plays a major role as it shapes the acid structure of the grapes and also affects the phenolic ripeness. “Working in volatile weather conditions in Europe prepared me for many eventualities, however here on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge we’re fortunate to have very stable conditions.”
On the subject of harvest JC prefers to use sight, smell and taste to determine the ripeness of the grapes. This organoleptic assessment requires not only natural flair but also years of experience since the balance between flavour, colour and tannins should be just right. Click here to read more.
Peak Season in Paradise
From our award-winning wines with scrumptious canapés to match to the spectacular views from our famous terrace, a visit to Creation is always memorable. Over the recent Festive Season our reputation as a premier wine destination was once again confirmed, with daily visitors arriving from far and wide. Here are but a few comments made by our visitors on TripAdvisor:
“Always a good experience, great chef, innovative concepts, chocolate and wine tasting a wonderful experience, feel proud taking overseas guests to this modern concept of wine tasting and food pairing.”
“Situated just to the north of Hermanus, this vineyard offers good food for lunch together with stunning views. Well worth the effort to find, definitely suggest you book for lunch as they get very busy.”
“Wonderful oasis in the middle of a dry dusty road. We pre-booked lunch at Creation Wines on recommendation from friends. We enjoyed delicious, creative food & interesting wines. Excellent staff. Beautiful atmosphere & decor.”
Visit us soon for an unforgettable experience! To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.