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 Charl Coetzee from the popular Italian restaurant Capeesh in Brooklyn, Pretoria.
I’ve been a fan of Creation Wines for about six years now and this is quite evident every time a wine list needs to be compiled! The Creation Merlot is one of my favourites; there simply isn’t another wine like it.
Celebrating Wine and the Arts
It was lovely to welcome Jaco Sieberhagen at Creation again and to discuss his exquisite sculptures in the Tasting Room. Click here to read more about the Inspiration series on display at Creation. The Saints series that is also exhibited in the Tasting Room focuses on the conservation of our planet, reaffirming the Creation belief that everything we do has an effect on everything around us!
“As dedicated supporters of the arts, we are proud to showcase the works of such a talented artist,” says Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin. She points out that fine winemaking is an art in itself and to celebrate this art cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin has created the rare and sought-after single-vineyard Art of Creation Chardonnay and Art of Creation Pinot Noir.
Creation on Prestigious Sommeliers Selection Wine List
Established by the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) the Sommeliers Selection is South Africa’s first wine competition judged solely by a panel of top South African sommeliers. The wines are judged blind and the winners, referred to as ‘Listed Wines’, appear on the prestigious Sommeliers Selection wine list which is distributed countrywide. Creation is proud indeed to have two of our wines on the 2016 list: the 2014 Creation Reserve Merlot and the 2016 African Reserve Penguin Pinot Noir Rosé.
Creation in the Eastern Cape
Two members of the Creation sales team, Phillip Marais and Ethan Verges, did a roadshow in the Eastern Cape over the past week, catching up with clients and attending the Vinimark trade show. A big highlight was the pairing dinner at Serendipity, one of the most popular restaurants in Wilderness.
The Latest and Tastiest from our Culinary Team
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 Brunch Pairing that gets a makeover by Carolyn and the Culinary Team. Look forward to eight courses with the special Creation twist – and of course, eight award-winning Creation wines. Pre-booking 24 hours in advance is essential – simply click here.
Welcome to the Playground of the Whales
Annually, from June till November, the Southern Right Whales visit our shores to mate and calve in the waters of Walker Bay. Hermanus, De Kelders and Gansbaai offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and there are a variety of boat-based options available to the whale enthusiast. Here are but a few tour operators:
- Hermanus Whale Cruises (+27 (0) 28 313 2722)
- Hermanus Whale Watchers (+27 (0) 28 312 4957)
- Southern Right Charters (+27 (0) 82 353 0550)
- Dyer Island Cruises (+27 (0) 82 801 8014)
- Ivanhoe Sea Safaris (+27 (0) 28 3840556)
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:
Irina and I visited this beautiful place two weeks ago with my parents. We have heard about this wonderful wine farm for so long, but for various reasons, we have not been able to visit it This time around the road was tarred all the way to the farm, which made the place even more accessible as was previously the case. My parents thoroughly enjoyed the outing. The wine was fantastic. Irina bought some extra bottles for us to take home. The food was to die for, although the pork belly was not as good as my mother’s version that was incidentally served the previous evening. I will most certainly recommend this destination to my friends and will definitely visit it again when we go to Hermanus again.
– etienne6524 (TripAdvisor review)
Beautiful farm & original, imaginative pairings. Refreshing to enjoy such lovely flavours. Thanks very much.
– Kristin Kernmuir & Grant de Smidr (Creation Guestbook)
Pairings were delicious. The wine & the food was on par with the Creation around us. Thanks for helping us celebrate life.
– Ross & Rochelle Wood (Creation Guestbook)
30 July 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.
6 – 8 August from 11h00: Hermanus Wine and Food Festival, Curro School Hermanus Every year in August, the wine region of Hermanus and Walker Bay celebrates its many diverse wines, wineries and winemakers by staging the annual Hermanus Wine and Food Festival. Each year the event grows bigger and better – lately attracting at least 5 000 people over the weekend. Entry to the venue is R50 per person and to enter the Wine Arena R100 per person, allowing you to sample as many wines as you desire. Children have their own designated play area. For more information visit www.hermanuswineandfood.co.za and for bookings visit online.computicket.com.
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.
5 – 7 August 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.
24 – 26 August, 17h30 – 20h30: Mercury Wine Week, Greyville Racecourse, Durban The Mercury Wine Week opens its doors for the 38th consecutive year! This is a chance for traders, connoisseurs and wine lovers to meet with the men and women who create our finest blends, sampling hundreds of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines. For more information go to here.
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.
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.