Creation Viognier. Vivaldi in a Glass
Joyful and vivacious with tempting aromas of apricot, white peach and coconut wafting from the glass. Mild and creamy on the palate yet blossoming forth with bright stone-fruit enhanced by a sprinkling of spice, fresh minerality and tongue-tingling crispness.
Yes, we’re speaking of the Creation Viognier, a wine reminiscent of a walk through the Creation fynbos garden in springtime. Or Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto!
Among the latest top scores allocated to the Creation Viognier are 90 points for the 2015 vintage by Tim Atkin, British Master of Wine and international wine judge, 90 points for the 2015 vintage by the leading wine critic Neal Martin, and 91 points for the 2016 vintage by Jamie Goode, renowned British author and wine columnist. The wine also won Grand Gold at the 2016 South African Wine Index (SAWi) Awards.
A Feast for Springtime
Sometimes referred to as ‘the Goddess of Spice’, Viognier serves as a fantastic foil to the fragrant, aromatic spices of traditional curried fish. The dish highlights the freshness and minerality of the cool-climate Creation Viognier and the combination is simply delicious! The wine also makes music with fruity desserts such as the sensational Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake, Naartjie and Saffron Compote, Turmeric Latte and Coconut Foam recently created by the Creation Culinary Team. The citrus beautifully offsets the stone fruit in the wine, the saffron and turmeric harmonise with the sprinkling of spice while the latte with coconut foam finds its match in the creamy character and hint of coconut in the wine. Click here for the recipe.
Creation on the Move
This month sees Creation’s Carolyn Martin and Daniela Messina visiting selected venues in Europe and the UK. They look forward to hosting private client and sommelier tastings in Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Norway and then in the UK. Among their activities will also be trade tastings in Bruges, Belgium with Intervinos and in Copenhagen with Løgismose. They’re also planning a wine club tasting in Norrköping, Sweden and a private dinner in Tønsberg, Norway. Then off to the UK for WOSA’s Intrepid South Africa Tasting, the Three Wine Men Tasting and private tastings at 67 Pall Mall and Harrogate Fine Wines. More information on their whereabouts to follow.
Phillip and Nkulu at Mercury Wine Week
Creation’s Phillip Marais and Nkulu Mkhwanazi recently attended Mercury Wine Week at the Greyville Convention Centre in Durban. “It was great to see so many of our clients again,” says Phillip.
They also did a successful tasting at the well-known Café 1999 where the Creation Chardonnay is now listed. The private tasting room of the popular The Chef’s Table was the venue for another successful tasting.
“Durban is renowned for its curries and the Creation Viognier and Creation Syrah, Grenache are ideal with these flavourful dishes. At the same time the Creation Sauvignon Blanc and Creation Pinot Noir are perfect for Durban’s two seasons: summer and summer,” remarks Phillip.
The Bigger the Better!
There are many indications that wine bottles actually started out big, and shrank over time to the standard 750 ml size that we know today. This makes sense considering that clay amphorae, the precursor to glass bottles, varied in size between 9 and 26 litre!
The advantages of larger format bottles today are in many cases the same reason that wine was stored in larger vessels in ancient times. The larger the bottle, the smaller the surface-area-to-volume ratio because less of the wine is exposed to the small amount of air within the bottle. This significantly increases the longevity of the wine.
There are many more reasons why larger bottles of wine are becoming increasingly popular. Apart from being sought-after collectors’ items they make brilliant gifts for family, friends and business associates. But the simplest reason is probably still the best: they make you feel good, and that’s what wine is all about!
Due to the increased demand for larger format bottles Creation has released 1.5-litre, 3-litre and 5-litre bottles of our popular Rhône-style (Syrah, Grenache) blend as well as 1.5-litre and 3-litre bottles of the sought-after Creation Reserve Pinot Noir. Simply click here to order.
Creation on a Plate
“Aptly named ‘The Story of Creation’, the menu celebrates the trendsetting spirit prevailing on the estate. It features seven different courses or chapters, artfully paired with eight award-winning Creation wines. Each wine enhances a specific dish and thus the Creation narrative unfolds with each delectable chapter.” To read the complete feature that appeared in the Safair InFlight magazine, click here.
#A Sommelier’s Journey
“It’s interesting how life works. As a child, a vineyard was foreign to Joseph Tongai Dhafana. Now he’s celebrated as one of South Africa’s top sommeliers, based at Cape Town’s acclaimed La Colombe restaurant.” – Debashine Thangevelo, Sunday Independent, 3 September 2017. To read the complete article, click here.
Pebbles Pulse Party in London
Help Pebbles raise funds to provide medical, wellness and dental services for the 1 500 children and their families in their care on Wednesday 13 September. Food and drinks are included in the ticket price of £45 pp. Venue: Hand and Flower Bar & Grill, 1 Hammersmith Road, London. To book your tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Colombe Visit
It was great hosting Joseph Dhafana and other members of the La Colombe team at Creation last week.
Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise
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 a few comments recently made by our visitors:
“What a wonderful afternoon of tastes! Loved all of it. Each of the tapas was a taste excursion. A journey of taste discovery. Best anniversary lunch ever.“ – Herman S (TripAdvisor)
“Awesome place with awesome food and service and the wine list are yummy. Will definitely return to have another go. Must visit.” – Ozzyloss (TripAdvisor)
Creation on WhatsApp
Great news for Creation lovers: we are now available on WhatsApp! For all bookings, other enquiries and wine orders, feel free to contact us on 082 921 6435 if this is your preferred method of communication.
9 September 8h00 – 12h00: Creation at the 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.
12 September 18h00 – 21h00: Creation Wines at Three Wine Men Tasting, South Africa House, Trafalgar Square
Back by popular demand! Take more than 40 of South Africa’s top winemakers, add the UK’s three most high-profile wine experts, blend with the wine curious of London and you have the perfect recipe for a top wine tasting. Following last year’s sell-out success you are invited to join the Three Wine Men, Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith for a walk-around wine tasting and the chance to meet the winemakers. This event sold out quickly last year so buy your tickets now. Click here to buy tickets.
13 September 10h00 – 18h00: Creation Wines at Intrepid South Africa Wine Tasting, London Olympia, Central Level Two, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) will be hosting its major generic trade tasting in the UK: Intrepid South Africa will once again put the spotlight on South Africa and focus on its fearless, brave and intrepid nature as a winemaking country. Click here to register.
14 September 19h00 – 21h00: Creation Wines at Harrogate Fine Wines, 3 Montpellier St, Montpellier Quarter, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
At our next tasting, the first in our completed tasting room, we’ll be welcoming Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines, South Africa. Creation is something of a legend, young and dynamic, and seven of their textbook wines will be on show on the night. Tickets at £15 pp available at http://www.harrogatefinewinecompany.com/ .