In this popular series we feature selected restaurants from around the world. Each chooses a favourite Creation wine, tells us why and recommends a matching dish. This week we welcome Duncan Bruce and Constantijn Hahndiek from Hartford House in Mooi River, Natal Midlands.
General Manager Duncan says:
The Creation Art of Pinot Noir is a beautiful and elegant wine with subtle spiciness. It reminds you of eating a bowl of berries, nice and ripe, but extremely elegant and soft. The wine has those characteristic earthy Pinot Noir undertones. It’s gorgeous, like a lady in a glass. The flavours of the wine linger beautifully and then soften away – a very classic and elegant style of Pinot Noir. We are very privileged to have a wine of that calibre.
Celebrating Spring with Creation Chardonnay
It is the first week of spring and the early budding varieties like Chardonnay are entering the bud burst phase of their growth cycle. The buds, situated between the stem and the petiole (leaf stem) first appeared during the summer growth period of the previous growing season. As the soil temperature rises osmotic forces push nutrient-rich water up into the dormant vine. Tiny shoots use the reserves of carbohydrate stored up before winter and will produce the first leaves of the new season, helping to accelerate growth and start the photosynthetic processes.
Look out for Creation’s award-winning wines at the WOZANI Three Wine Men Tasting to be held on 6 September at South Africa House, London. The interest in South African wines is at an all-time high and the acclaimed Oz Clarke (wine writer), Tim Atkin (Master of Wine) and Olly Smith (TV presenter and wine columnist) look forward to showing you why.
“A Week in the Life of Carolyn”
Click here to read the great feature by Richard Siddle as part of his series on “A week in the life of…” This time Creation co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin is the focus. She talks, among other subjects, about the importance of wine tourism in South Africa and also tells us a little about what makes her tick! Richard Siddle is an acclaimed and award-winning business editor with over 25 years’ experience writing for a number of publications such as Harper’s and Grapevine. Click here to follow Richard on Twitter.
Hartford House Dinner
Creation Wines’ August visits to Durban ended on a high note with owners Carolyn and JC Martin together with our Durban representative, Nkulu Mkhwanazi, attending a four-course dinner at Hartford House in Mooi River, Natal Midlands. The highly talented Chef Constantijn Hahndiek, who also features in our blog this week, created the delectable cuisine which was perfectly paired with Creation’s award-winning wines. Among the memorable treats was the tuna dish paired with Creation’s Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon. Below are some highlights of the evening.
High Praise for Creation Art of Chardonnay
The Creation team is proud to have received the following review from sommelier Joakim Blackadder on the 2015 Creation Art of Chardonnay: “I tasted it over a couple of days and it is incredibly stable and will mature for a decade to the better. In quality and stylistically it reminds me of a very good wooded premier cru level Chablis with full ripeness, I think Defaix Les Lys. All in all – a delicious wine.” The Swedish-born Joakim gained extensive experience in Michelin-starred restaurants before re-locating to South Africa at the end of 2008. Among his many achievements have been receiving the annual Service Excellence Award from Eat Out magazine three years in a row.
Creation Launches RSA Icon Campaign
Keep a look out on Twitter and Facebook over the next couple of weeks as Creation honours some of South Africa’s true icons. The campaign coincides with JC and Carolyn’s September trip to the UK and USA. Click here to follow us on Facebook and here to follow us on Twitter.
Word of Thanks from Vinimark
The annual Vinimark trade shows have come to a close and we are pleased to report on their success – from PE to Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. A special word of thanks from Vinimark makes it all even more worthwhile: “Thanks for the support and enthusiasm of the team on the road and at all the shows.”
Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise
Situated some 18 kilometres from the coastal resort of Hermanus, Creation is more than a wine farm; it is a glorious destination where a warm welcome awaits young and old. Click here to make a reservation. Here are some comments recently made by our visitors:
Was a little bit concerned as this was a gift and it was on a wine farm as I do not drink alcohol. Not only was the atmosphere welcoming; it was quite a unique experience. The Chef catered for our special dietary needs by replacing and substituting dishes without compromising on the taste or presentation. Our waitron Ziso was an absolute treat; taking us on a trip around the world with our teas and interacting with as much enthusiasm as those talking about the estate’s award winning wines. We sat by the fireplace; I love fireplaces and had a wonderful view of the valley.
– Soraya A (TripAdvisor review)
I have referred many guests to Creation and have ONLY had positive reviews from all my guests. When reviewing the venue myself … pleasantly surprised, and will keep referring guests to Creation. Definitely book in advance.
– Dee H (TripAdvisor review)
We popped in at about 2 pm. Place was packed. The hosts found a table for us to do some tasting and spent time introducing each wine we tasted. Great view. Be careful around lunchtime and enjoy the wine and hosts
– PW (TripAdvisor review)
3 September 9h00 – 13h00: Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club A small market with a lot of soul where good friends meet hug and eat … You can look forward to an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information click here.
18 – 19 November from 16h00: Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration, The Thatch House, Hermanus Imagine manicured green lawns, crystal blue waters, a delightful string quartet and world-class Chardonnay … The Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration takes place for the first time this year, focusing on the exceptional quality and distinctiveness of this area’s cool-climate Chardonnay. While the spotlight will be on Chardonnay, other wines produced by the 13 winegrowers from the Hemel-en-Aarde will also be showcased. Save the date. More information to follow.
3–5 September 15h00 – 20h00: Creation Wines at The Collections Wine Bar, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay This exciting new pop-up wine bar in Camps Bay is run by Xavier Didier in partnership with VNL Events. For more information visit their Facebook page here.
9 – 11 September 11h00 – 15h00: Wine, Whales and Music De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp This very successful musical weekend is always well attended and this year is nearly sold out already. The weekend offers spectacular whale viewing, fabulous wines and incredible music provided by members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Creation Wines will be there to show our wines on the Saturday. Booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
6 September 18h00: Wosani Three Wine Men Tasting, The South African House, Trafalgar Square Interest in South African wines is at an all-time high. Find out why as Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith introduce a diverse selection of some of South Africa’s best wines. Meet the talented winemakers in person to grill them about their magic touch! To book tickets click here.
7 September, 18h30: Creation Wines Tasting, Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon St, Holborn, London Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa invites you to taste their award-winning wines at the renowned Vivat Bacchus Restaurant. For more information, please contact Daniela at email@example.com before 5 September 2016.
8 September 10h00 – 18h00: Intrepid South Africa, Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London ‘Intrepid South Africa’ is Wines of South Africa’s major generic trade tasting in the UK and will focus on the fearless, brave and intrepid nature of South Africa as a winemaking country. For more information click here.
14 September 18h00 – 21h00: Creation Wines Tasting, The Workshop, 1414 62nd Street Emeryville, San Francisco Jean-Claude Martin will be hosting a tasting at The Workshop’s opening night in San Francisco. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.