Winter has well and truly set in here high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The lush green foliage of summer has faded to shades of yellow, ochre and burnt sienna and now the naked vines of deep winter have a certain austere beauty of their own. Apart from providing a pleasing winterscape, this period of dormancy is of course essential in the growing cycle of the vines.
The fynbos garden at Creation has over 50 indigenous species planted for an all-year display of colour and fusion, making it a garden for all seasons. At the moment the red hot pokers are in full bloom, shooting to the sky. They complement the flames dancing in the Tasting Room hearth, offering heartfelt greetings to our guests.
With the 2017 winter holidays upon us, the Creation team looks forward to welcoming young and old, not only with the spectacular scenery surrounding our estate, but also with an amazing new repertoire of offerings. No less than eight pairing options are on offer and these include a delectable new Brunch Pairing and the unique Story of Creation Pairing. To coincide with the winter holidays, the Creation team has also just launched a brand-new Young Adults Menu which is sure to delight our younger visitors.
Chef Francois spoiled us again this week, this time with a magnificent Deconstructed Beef Stroganoff which pairs perfectly with the Creation Syrah, Grenache. Click here for the recipe.
With the launch of Creation’s exciting new ‘Penguin’ wine range earlier this year, the estate has once again demonstrated its commitment to conserving its natural environment. “We’re proud to celebrate our maritime environment by supporting the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in its important efforts to rehabilitate, release and research South Africa’s endangered penguin,” said Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin. A percentage of each bottle sold is donated to the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.
Good news for Rosé lovers is the fact that Creation has just released the 2017 African Penguin Reserve Rosé. Chic yet convivial, this blend of Grenache, Viognier and Syrah has the gentle allure of dried rosebud and straw, mingling with inviting whiffs of wild strawberry and lemon blossom. On the palate an intriguing interaction comes into play: mineral hints resembling Himalayan crystal salt contrasting with a lingering, honeyed aftertaste of beeswax. With in-between, zesty flavours of strawberry, raspberry and cherry. A Rosé with Resonance!
Click here to order the wine online.
Willie Botha’s Art at Creation
Creation Wines has been dedicated to supporting the arts ever since its inception in 2002. The team recently participated in the 2017 Hermanus FynArts Festival with a truly exciting installation of sculptures by the gifted South African artist, Willie Botha. Among these is his magnificent 2.2-metre bronze titled ‘Ramona’ which according to Willie was inspired by the famous Bob Dylan song about a young lady with ‘magnetic movements’. “She is staring at the wit perdjies op die see,” says Willie about his creation.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to more fun and learning. Thanks for your valuable feedback Tinashe Nyamudoka, Melusi Maghodi, Roxan Waldeck and Pardon Taguzu – here seen with JC and Carolyn Martin.
If you’re on a wine tour, sampling some of South Africa’s finest, you might as well make sure that when you break for lunch, the tasting continues. Creation Wine Farms is perfect for this.
To read the article titled ‘The wine route you really should know about’ that recently appeared in the online All4Women magazine, click here.
Ever tried to match some of your favourite wines with tasty dishes – especially dishes that boast interesting textures? Although the result will be a sublime treat for your palate and those of your loved-ones and guests, not everyone is up for such a challenge. However, Carolyn Martin of the boutique winery Creation in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley does this all the time. Situated just 18kms from the Western Cape coastal resort town of Hermanus, Creation has just clinched the KLINK Wine Tourism Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing on a South African Wine Farm for the fourth time.
Jacques Claassen’s feature ‘Creating Wines of Distinction’ was recently published in Wildlife magazine. Click here to read it.
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 some comments recently made by our visitors:
What an incredible lunch we had on Sunday 17th June. Exquisite taste and mixtures of flavours we will definitely be back.
– Karin Wantling
We did the brunch pairing, and it was absolutely wonderful! The timing is great on a Sunday for this pairing, because you can leave for Cape Town at about 13:00. The attention to detail is impressive, and the service was attentive and friendly. No visit to the Cape winelands is complete without a visit to Creation Wines!
– Annareth Bolton
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.
1 July 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.
5 July 19h00 – 22h00: Fine Wining at HQ with Creation Wines, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Fine Wining dinners give HQ guests a chance to enjoy excellent wines which have been artfully paired with HQ house specialities – not to mention a unique dessert created specifically for each evening. Entertainment will be performed by the swing singer, Ricky Botsis. For more information and to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.hqrestaurant.co.za/.
27 July 6h30 – 10h30: Food & Wine Pairing with Creation Wines at The Chef’s Table, 23-24, Protea Mall, 1 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga, 4320 KZN Sommelier Zwai Gumede has made some exciting picks from Creation’s award-winning portfolio which will accompany executive chef Kayla-Ann Osborn’s artfully created cuisine. Limited to 60 guests, bookings are essential. Click here for more information.