About six weeks ago we discussed the first growth phase of the 2016 vintage, bud burst. This week we’re looking at the next critical steps in the growth cycle of the vine: flowering and pollination. Once bud burst has occurred and the shoots have grown to approximately 40 cm, the flower clusters are clearly visible and have entered the pre-bloom stages. This means the caps are still attached, and the flowers have not yet bloomed.
The next phase is first bloom, when the caps of the flowers begin to drop off the first pistils and anthers become visible. Most vines are self-pollinating, in other words the flower contains both the male and female reproductive parts. The stamen supports the anthers, which produce pollen. If a pollen grain lands on the receptive tissue of the stigma it may germinate and produce a pollen tube. These structures surround the pistil, which transports the pollen down to the ovary which is situated at the base of the flower. Click here to read further.
Bookings Open for December and January
With the summer holidays around the corner, we’re now taking bookings for December 2015 and January 2016 – book now to avoid disappointment! Good news is that for the period 18 December to 15 January we’ll be extending our opening hours until 19h00 for sundowners (excluding 24 and 31 December when we will close at 17h00 pm). Click here to see our new Sunset Tapas Menu available between 17h00 and 19h00 pm.
For those who like to get an early start to the day, we offer our 10AM Brunch Pairing (arrival at 09h45). This innovative pairing comprises 8 breakfast-themed canapés with 8 premium wines from the Creation range. Challenge your senses and treat your palate to a truly unique experience! Pre-booking essential.
Creation now also available in the US!
You can now buy our wines online in no less than 17 different US states and the wider range will become available in time! Simply click here to order directly online at Cape Ardor
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.
10 October at 9h00 – 13h00: Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club Hermanus A small market with a lot of soul. Where good friends meet, hug and eat…an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, and wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information visit their facebook page.
15 October: Wild Peacock Gourmet Dinner, Wild Peacock Food Emporium, 32 Piet Retief Street, Stellenbosch. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
24 Oktober: Lieweland Wynfees, Lieweland Gasteplaas, Lichtenburg. Kom deel in die pret van hierdie feestelike dag ten bate van liefdadigheid.
During November Creation’s Carolyn Martin will be presenting wine masterclasses and tastings at Fazenda in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool on the following dates:
9 November at 18h30 – Leeds
10 November at 18h30 – Manchester
11 November at 19h30 – Liverpool
Creation Dinner at The Hog at Horsley
Date: 28th October
Venue: The Hog at Horsley
The Cross, Horsley, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 0PR, United Kingdom
Creation Sommeliers Tasting
Date: 30th October
Time: 14h00 -17h00
Venue: Mayfair London.
If you are a sommelier based in London please contact email@example.com for an invitation to attend this exclusive event in Mayfair.
1 November, 18h00: Carolyn Martin Masterclass, Restaurant Perceel, Dorpsstraat 3, Capelle aan Den IJssel. Don’t miss out on this exclusive and exciting 5 course wine and food experience. To find out more and to book, click here.
Link to Klink
In combining winemaking showmanship with culinary artistry, gorgeous flavours with irresistible textures, Creation has gained an enviable reputation for our innovative and ever-evolving wine and food pairings. In fact, wine and food pairing has become one of the estate’s main attractions and we have won the KLINK Wine Tourism Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door twice.
Always at the leading edge of flavour profiling, Creation recently launched a new menu that takes wine and food pairing to even greater heights (and which has been nominated for the 2015 Klink Awards – vote for us here).