In this popular series we feature selected sommeliers from top restaurants around the world. Each chooses his or her favourite Creation wine, tells us why and recommends a matching dish. This week we welcome Eric Botha of the well-known and atmospheric Big Easy Winebar & Grill in Durban.
My choice of wine is the Creation Syrah, Grenache blend. I personally prefer the choice of word – ‘Syrah’ instead of ‘Shiraz’ – and the wine shows typical Old World characteristics, for instance more white pepper than black pepper. The wine also reflects typical cool climate characteristics, especially the Grenache which shows no chewy notes. This wine has a long peacock tail finish that lingers with the follow up from the nose.
Creation: For the Sake Of Art
The fourth Hermanus FynArts Festival taking place from 10 to 19 June this year once again sees the participation of Creation Wines. The Estate not only hosts an exciting exhibition of sculptures by the award-winning Gavin Risi, but also offers a Wine and Food Pairing Demonstration as well as a Wine and Food Pairing Dinner in collaboration with The Eatery, a well-known restaurant in Hermanus.
“As dedicated supporters of the arts, we are proud to participate in this joyous festival again,” says Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin. She points out that fine winemaking is an art in itself and to celebrate this art Creation’s viticulturist and winemaker, Jean-Claude Martin, has created the exquisite single-vineyard Art of Creation Chardonnay and Art of Creation Pinot Noir.
Last Sunday morning saw the talented chef, Coco Reinarhz, presenting a food and wine pairing for the UEFA EURO 2016 “A la Carte Show” with none other than two of Creation’s award-winning wines – the Creation Viognier and the Creation Reserve Pinot Noir. We look forward to featuring Coco and his Sel et Poivre restaurant in our next Sommelier’s Choice blog!
Creation is widely known for our innovative approach to wine and food pairing. And we regularly reinvent our offerings. This time it is the Creation Secret Wine and Food Pairing that’s being ‘updated’ by Carolyn and the Culinary Team. However, we cannot divulge anything; it is a secret after all! Just rest assured of an experience that is as much fun as it is informative. Pre-booking 24 hours in advance is essential – simply click here.
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 a few comments recently made by our visitors:
I first experienced Creation Wines in the UK which coincided with the run up to our holiday in South Africa in December 2015. My husband and I were so impressed by the wine and Carolyn who ran the wine tasting in the UK that we decided to pay a visit to the winery in Hermanus. It was most certainly one of our most memorable and enjoyable afternoons in South Africa. The vineyard is set in a simply beautiful valley close to the seaside town of Hermanus. The views from the restaurant are something you would never tire of seeing. Add to that the Creation experience and you’re onto the jackpot. We opted for the Sunset Menu. We were treated to a wonderful dining experience paired with the Creation wines which were served by our very knowledgeable sommelier. We still talk about the experience even now (mostly in terms of going back and doing it all over again!) The selection of wine is such that I know you will find one to your taste and i highly recommend the Art of Pinot. Although i could very much buy the Viognier every month!! Thanks to the whole Creation team, and in particular the very hard working Carolyn, who really made this a special experience in gorgeous surroundings.
CatKi (TripAdvisor review)
Philip our sommelier/food and wine tutor went the extra mile talking us through our secret food and wine tasting. We can highly recommend this! The food is beautifully presented and the wine is superb, thank you Philip and Creation, we will see you soon! Regards Janita and Theo Doms.
Janita (TripAdvisor review)
There is no limits for imagination and creativity. Creation Wines is an excellent example of this saying. They went over any standard expectations of wine tasting and wine pairing. From Tapas pairing to secret pairing, from charcuterie – to cheese pairing, from paradoxical wine and chocolate pairing to non-alcoholic pairing. Every dish, which is so beautiful, clever and complex, perfectly matching with suggested wine. Their service is friendly and professional. Their view … oh, no! I can’t write anymore … I need to come back again and bring my family and friends, and, of course, my overseas clients. I’m glad I found such a jewel in this beautiful area. Thank you!
Maria K (TripAdvisor review)
18 June, 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.
FynArts 16 June 15h00: The Art of Wine and Food Pairing Demonstration by Carolyn Martin and the Creation Culinary Team, Whale Coast Hotel, Hermanus Discover the subtle secrets of flavour and texture with the team that is renowned for creating a wide range of innovative wine and food pairing experiences. The team will demonstrate the preparation and presentation of canapés and how the inherent qualities of wine and food can combine to create the ultimate taste sensation. Tickets available from Webtickets.
Gavin Risi Art Exhibition at Creation Creation Wines on the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus hosts an exciting exhibition of sculptures by the award-winning Gavin Risi. Over the past 24 years Risi’s art has been exhibited in galleries around the world and the magnificent Creation landscape is a perfect venue for his remarkable sculptures constructed from copper and galvanised wire. Click here to read more about Gavin Risi’s sculptures on display.
17 June 18h30: The Art of Wine and Food Pairing, The Eatery, Hermanus An exciting four course set menu paired with Creation’s award-winning wines. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
27 July 17h00 – 21h00: Annual Red Wine Review, The Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Caroline’s Red Wine Review is one of the most important annual events on the South African wine calendar, and dates back to 1988. It showcases some 60 wineries that have consistently achieved the highest accolades in all top competitive platforms. Each of the selected wineries is invited to show just one wine for tasting by the public. This must be their flagship wine, and it will be shown by the winemaker personally. Tickets at R200 are available exclusively at Computicket. Numbers strictly limited to 400 guests. Bookings open 1 July 2016.
12 – 13 July, 17h00 – 21h00: Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival, Summer Place, Melville Road, Hyde Park Uniquely tailored to showcase the industry’s premier names, the festival is the most exclusive, longest running wine event in South Africa and renowned for presenting classic vintages and innovative blends. Festival tickets are now available from Webtickets.