The last grapes for our bubbly and still wines were picked on Thursday 23 March. All that remains to be harvested are approximately three tons of grapes for our Cape Vintage and this will be done in a week’s time. In the meantime we’ve asked members of the hardworking Creation team to comment on the 2017 harvest.
Cellarmaster JC Martin:
Due to a well thought-through pruning schedule and optimum weather conditions during the 2017 harvest, our vineyards could be picked block by block with the grapes showing optimum concentration, high natural acidity and perfect phenolic ripeness. The crop size was perfect thanks to meticulous vineyard practices and management during the growth period as well as ideal weather conditions such as wind factors during the flowering season. The Sauvignon Blanc came in at 7 to 8 tons per hectare, the Chardonnay at 6 tons and the red grapes at around 4,5 tons per hectare.
An enthusiastic Bobby Wallace (our South African intern) remarked:
During the middle of harvest I was learning to multitask with white and red grapes coming into the cellar for about a week; then it became more relaxed as the reds came in systematically. This was a huge learning opportunity and I found it particularly exciting and stimulating to work with the wide range of cultivars, given the great weather window of opportunity in the Hemel-en-Aarde.
This year’s Hermanus FynArts takes place from 9 to 18 June and promises to be a feast of exhibitions, presentations, performances, workshops, films and of course food and wine. According to Creation co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin the Creation team looks forward to partaking in this annual event, offering not only an art exhibition but also a magnificent spread of food and wine.
“Fine winemaking is of course an art in itself and as dedicated supporters of the arts, we are proud to participate in this joyous festival again,” says Carolyn.
Hermanus FynArts is hosted in assorted venues in and around the coastal town of Hermanus – one of them being Creation Wines where the estate will be exhibiting a truly exciting installation of sculptures by the acclaimed artist Willie Botha. Click here to read more about Willie and his work.
A highlight of Creation’s participation will be a three-course dinner specially prepared by the Creation Culinary Team to harmonize with three of Creation’s award-winning wines. There will be music to match and this rare celebration of food, wine and music titled Food as Art will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 18h30 at the Creation Wines Tasting Room. Tickets are available at R550 per person and bookings can be made by contacting Claudine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Hermanus FynArts click here.
Jamie Goode and Treve Ring at Creation
Last Sunday Jamie Goode, a renowned British wine writer and critic with a PhD in plant biology, and Treve Ring, a well known Canadian wine writer, joined Creation owners JC and Carolyn Martin for a tasting of the estate’s award-winning wines. Jamie is a wine columnist for The Sunday Express and also contributes to publications such as Harpers, The World of Fine Wine and Decanter. Click here to read his wine blogs.
Europe, UK and Canada here we come!
May 2017 will see Creation’s JC and Carolyn Martin visiting selected venues in Europe, the UK and Canada. Carolyn looks forward to hosting private client and sommelier tastings in Denmark and the UK. Among the events in Scotland will be a tasting at House of Turin and a private dinner at Champany Inn, Edinburgh. JC will be joining her for the UK tastings and then set off on a trade visit to Canada. More information on their whereabouts, the exact dates and venues will follow in the coming weeks.
The 2017 ABSA Cape Epic at Creation
The children of the Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project show their support. Creation is a founder of the project which includes education, nutrition and sustainable farming. Click here to watch the video.
Creation – First Class on British Airways
Good news for Pinot lovers flying British Airways during the month of May: The Creation Pinot Noir 2016 has been selected to be served on BA First Class on their Tier 1 routes. Among others these include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, LA and San Francisco.
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:
Chocolate and Wine pairing is not a new idea but it is fun. That said, I’m probably old fashioned and would’ve enjoyed a savoury option for wine tasting instead. Nonetheless, the dark chocolate (first genuinely African) used in the pairing is nothing short of ‘heavenly’. Look out for their fabulous Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Service is both professional and sincerely friendly. The natural beauty of the surroundings are mesmerizing and decor features are unique…
– MaryLewis747 (TripAdvisor review)
So after a less than stellar experience last night in Franschhoek – we have had a stunning foodie experience at Creation Wines today. Unpretentious yet up there with one of the best food and wine experiences we have ever had. The staff were welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable, the three course meal and wine pairing sublime. Carolyn the perfect co-owner host and Jean-Claude clearly passionate about his Wines. We will definitely be back for the tapas tasting. Monique and Daniella dovetailed really well in the serving department. Thank you for restoring our faith in wine establishments.
– Errol & Tereza D (TripAdvisor review)
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 April 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.
15 June 18h30: FynArts Dinner at Creation Tasting Room Food as Art will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 18h30 at the Creation Wines Tasting Room. Tickets are available at R550 per person and bookings can be made by contacting Claudine at email@example.com.
11 May 2017, 18h30 – 21h30: Slurp South African Wine Tasting, South Africa House, London Join us for a very special evening of South African wine tasting at South Africa House in London. This will be a unique chance to taste and purchase some exceptional wines, hand-picked by the Slurp team and Sally Easton, Master of Wine. Taste big reds and crisp whites as well as refreshing sparkling wine and a selection of dessert wines – there’s so much to try! Tickets are available at £25. Click here to buy a ticket.