Herb and Wine Pairing: Making the Freshest Taste Fresher
From Creation’s famous cool climate terroir on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge comes a range of wines tempting the nose and enticing the palate with irresistible pairing potential. To ring in the New Year, Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin is introducing a fascinating series on herb and wine pairing which once again proves just how the elegance and finesse of our cool climate wines enhance the taste of fresh herbs when used in considered quantities.
Carolyn’s love for and knowledge of herbs date back to her legendary grandmother Eleanor’s garden on the farm Hartenberg near Stellenbosch. While living in Switzerland during the early 2000s, she established her own herb garden in the old castle’s stonewalled garden at Cressier, Neuchâtel. Here herbs of all descriptions, including curry plants and even absinthe, thrived.
Her enthusiasm for herb and wine pairing was rekindled on a recent trip to Denmark where she shared in a memorable pairing at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Studio in Copenhagen. A highlight was a dish described as ‘Marinated Beetroot with Bleeding Danish Wild Blackberries, Lovage and other Green Herbs’. It was paired with the 2014 Creation Art of Chardonnay and the result was sensational.
On her return from Denmark Carolyn commissioned Creation’s gardener, Meindert Poerink, to design and plant the estate’s very own kitchen garden. It now boasts an exciting variety of herbs.
“At Creation we have always believed that what grows together goes together. Now that our herb garden is coming into its own it is just such a pleasure to match the fruit from our vineyards with the produce of our garden,” says Carolyn, adding that the intensity of garden-fresh herbs simply cannot be matched by pre-packed produce.
Among her favourites are chervil with the Creation Sauvignon Blanc, basil with the Creation Chardonnay and rosemary with the Creation Syrah, Grenache blend. For the complete Creation’s herb & wine pairing chart, click here.
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Creation Back at Hermanus Country Market!
Join us this Saturday, 16 January between 9h00 and 13h00 at the Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club. 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 visit their Facebook page.
Good News for Semillon Lovers
We take pleasure in announcing the release of our 2015 single-variety Semillon – a wine that will certainly have the connoisseurs raving! According to cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin the wine was oak-matured for 8 months on the fine lees and bottled in December 2015.
Delicately straw-coloured and shiny in the glass. Elegant and pure with gentle aromas evoking the fresh sea breezes off the Atlantic complemented by the seductive scent of sun-ripened grapefruit. Lanolin-like in texture, the palate pleases with nuances of caramelised citrus peel, hints of apricot kernel and lingering spice on the aftertaste. A mouthful of joy!
A mere 1 200 bottles are available and the wine is already in high demand. You are therefore advised to order now while stocks last. Simply go to our online shop.