We’re pleased to resume our popular series in which 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 Chris Milner and Tomas Maunier from the Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill in Manchester.
Creation brings to Fazenda a sense of Africa’s generosity that warms our patrons’ hearts and souls! The wines pair beautifully with the Brazilian concept and especially with our delicious meats.
Creation Merlot and Riedel – The Perfect Combination
In this last week of Merlot Month we give you the rationale behind using varietal specific glasses as provided by Tarryn Vincent from Riedel:
One glass is not ideal for all styles of wine; a wine’s bouquet, taste, balance and finish are all affected by the shape of the glass from which it is consumed. Riedel has created a Cabernet/ Merlot glass shape that specifically highlights the wine’s unique characteristics. It is generous in size to let the bouquet develop fully. The glass emphasizes the fruit, allowing the wine to achieve a balance that would normally take years of ageing to acquire. The shape directs the flow of wine onto the zone of the tongue which perceives sweetness, thus accentuating the fruit and de-emphasizing the bitter qualities of the tannin.
Inspired by Spring
Recently Inemari Rabie, food stylist, chef and recipe developer and photographer Linda Fourie styled an amazing spring inspired table under the trees and between the vineyards at Creation. Beautiful dishes were created by Inemari and captured by Linda, with Creation’s award-winning wines featuring as the wine of choice.
Creation in the News
Tim Atkin (Master of Wine) recently wrote an article for the Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine about the Hemel-en-Aarde, saying: “The Hemel-en-Aarde is most strongly linked with the two main Burgundian varieties and that is reflected in the critical praise they both receive. Ataraxia, Creation, Hamilton Russell, Newton Johnson, Restless River and Sumaridge are all among the best chardonnay producers in the Cape, while any list of the country’s leading pinot noirs would feature Bouchard Finlayson, Creation (again), Crystallum, La Vierge, Newton Johnson (ditto), Tesselaarsdal and Storm.”
He quotes Carolyn Martin of Creation as one of the best marketers in the area and of viticulturist and cellarmaster JC he has the following to say: “The Swiss-born Jean-Claude Martin, who owns Creation with his South African wife, Carolyn … calls the Hemel-en-Aarde a “moderate climate that avoids the big heat waves …” The proximity to the sea means that temperatures never go above 30° C, but it’s dry and sunny most years from January to April. For all that, he adds, the Ridge is significantly cooler than the other two wards. “The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley picks two weeks before us and it’s very rare for them to get the frosts we do. And, as our plantings are younger, we don’t have problems with virus.” Touché, as they say in Geneva.”
We’re looking forward to reading the complete article once published! Click here to visit the website.
More interesting comments came from Hilary Akers in Het Financieele Dagblad, focusing on South Africa’s new generation of winemakers. To read the article click here.
Natalie from Love My Cape Town visits Creation
Natalie is a freelance blogger and travel agent looking for all the hidden gems that justifies why we love the Cape!
Click here to read more about her on her website.
Pink October with Creation Wines
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition of this, Creation is hosting a special Ladies’ Pink Tasting. Professor Justus Apffelstaedt from the Multidisciplinary Breast Health Centre will be the guest speaker on the topic “Going for the cure: how we physically and psychologically cure breast cancer”. The event takes place on 29 October from 09h30 to 11h30 at Creation Wines. The cost will be R200.00 and includes a food and wine pairing. 50% will be donated towards transport costs for cancer patients to and from the Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic. RSVP to email@example.com or 028 2121107 by 27 October.
Two free tickets can be won. Nominate an inspirational friend or family member who has had or is fighting breast cancer and win two tickets for her and a friend to the event. To enter: go to #pinkladies on facebook.com/creationwines or twitter.com/creationwines. ONLY ONE NOMINATION PER ENTRANT
Classic Chardonnay Celebration in Hermanus
The Hemel-en-Aarde has become famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And now the producers of this unique wine area have decided to share their beautiful Chardonnay with wine lovers at a dedicated Chardonnay festival. The Classic Chardonnay Celebration takes place at the Thatch House on Saturday, 19 November and will focus on the exceptional quality and distinctiveness of the Hemel-en-Aarde’s cool-climate Chardonnays. The Creation team looks forward to participating in this exciting event. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Situated some 18 km 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:
Great wines & excellent food and the 3 course wine pairing was a wonderful experience. Staff very friendly and make you feel very welcome! Wine is great!
– Peet V (TripAdvisor review)
Tried the 8 course tapas tasting menu today, paired with 8 wines. The restaurant is on a lovely setting amidst their vines. The food was beautifully presented and very creative, and the wines chosen to pair up with each course were excellent. Good attentive service with lots of detail provided on the food and wine as each course was served. My wife doesn’t eat meat (which featured on 3 of the courses), but they were more than happy to substitute a tasty cheese or veg as required. Excellent! They also offer other menus, including a traditional 2/3 course with wine, a cheese tasting with wine etc. Pretty busy, so worth making a reservation.
– Christau25 (TripAdvisor review)
29 October 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.
29 October 10h30 – 12h00: Pink October, Creation Wines, Hermanus R320 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition of this, Creation is hosting a special Ladies’ Pink Tasting. Professor Justus Apffelstaedt from the Multidisciplinary Breast Health Centre will be the guest speaker on the topic Going for the cure: how we physically and psychologically cure breast cancer. The cost will be R200.00 and includes a food and wine pairing. 50% will be donated towards transport costs for cancer patients to and from the Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 2121107 before 27 October.
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. To purchase tickets click here.