In this popular series we feature selected sommeliers from top restaurants around the world. This week we welcome Pawel Wagner from the iconic Aubergine in Gardens, Cape Town.
I’ve always held Creation Wines in high regard as I appreciate the team’s infectious enthusiasm. Their passion shines through from the way they treat their grapes all the way to sipping a glass of Creation wine!
I chose the 2014 Creation Reserve Pinot Noir because Burgundian varieties have always inspired me. The thin skins are key to the natural acidity and soft tannins that make these wines elegant and beautiful. On the nose, Creation’s Reserve Pinot Noir reveals dark cherry, delicate savoury herb aromas as well as mushroomy notes, pomegranate and star anise. The wine is still at a youthful stage but shows amazing potential. It enters your mouth with great fruit expression and the tannins carry through to your mid palate, ending with a dry, elegant finish with balanced acidity.
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Five Creation Wines among Top 100 SA Wines
When the results of the 2016 National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, were recently announced the Creation team was delighted to discover that no less than five of their wines made it to the Top 100. To make this achievement even more exciting, two Creation wines, the 2014 Syrah, Grenache and the 2014 Reserve Merlot, were selected as Grand Cru National Champions in their respective classes.
Fierce competition prevailed and only 31 white wines (12% of the wines entered) were selected for the Top 100 – among them the 2015 Creation Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and the 2015 Creation Art of Chardonnay. Of the 63 winning red wines (around 18% of the total entries) Creation has three: the 2014 Syrah, Grenache, the 2014 Reserve Merlot and the 2015 Pinot Noir. It is significant to note that there are only three Pinot Noirs among the winning reds.
This benchmark competition is now in its sixth successful year and according to Creation marketing director Carolyn Martin the Challenge provides an objective, independent and professional rating with judging panels made up of the highest quality, independent experts. Click here to read the complete press release
The Latest and Tastiest from out Culinary Team
With the welcome return of the Creation Viognier (2016) to our menu the ever inventive Creation Culinary Team has responded with a delightful tapa pairing: Pickled tuna, poppadum, sweet corn, coriander.
The vivacious wine is abundantly fruity and forthcoming yet elegant and refined. Fragrant white peach aromas mingle with a subtle sprinkling of nutmeg which on the lively palate combines seamlessly with crisp minerality.
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Welcome to out 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:
8 course tapas lunch with wine tasting – out of this world. We were 4 and all of us are still talking about the lunch we had at Creation. The tapas with the different wines were excellent and I thought I never would have enough to eat. After tapa no. 7, I was glad there was only one more to come. I loved the white wines. For the reds, I lean more to heavier European wines. The view over the vineyard and mountains is stunning and the service was 1st class. – Marion M (TripAdvisor review)
Phenomenal food and service. From the minute we walked in to the moment we left – incredible skills at play throughout. Such beautiful wines paired with a delightful tapas menu. Throughout our pairing experience our waitron, Annie, enlightened us with detailed information about each dish and wine had – we felt so relaxed, and comfortable enough to ask plenty questions which she was more than willing to feed our curious minds! An experience not to be missed, and we walk away having learnt plenty. – SlugRSA (TripAdvisor review)
Awesome lunch! Desirene, our host was absolutely fantastic!!! We enjoyed the 3 course wine pairing, with wine tasting of all the Creation wines in between. Well, the food was outstanding …. filet tartare, duck confit and pineapple phyllo stack paired with the most delicious wines!!! An absolute must when in the Hemel and Aarde valley area. – jansT3601MC (TripAdvisor review)
07 May, 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.
Our co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin will be in the UK from 1 to 11 May hosting dinners and tastings, and exploring the southern part of England. Highlights of her roadshow will be connecting and reconnecting with bloggers, sommeliers, agents and private clients to confirm our appreciation for their ongoing support.
10 May, 17h30: Wine & Canapé Pairing, Vivat Bacchus, 47 Farringdon Street, Holborn, London Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa invites you to taste their award-winning wines, paired with scrumptious canapés at the renowned Vivat Bacchus Restaurant, Farringdon, London. For more information, please contact Daniela at email@example.com or click here.