No doubt about it: right now Pinot is the Vino! Yes, Friday 18 August is National Pinot Noir Day and at Creation, where we proudly grow and bottle three different award-winning, terroir-expressive Pinots, we take pleasure in reflecting on this wonderful yet sometimes wayward cultivar.
Ranging from the Creation (Estate) Pinot Noir to the Reserve Pinot Noir and The Art of Creation Pinot Noir, each wine brims with attitude, style and that indefinable secret ingredient that Pinot aficionados find so irresistible. Since the first Creation Pinot release in 2010, many prestigious accolades and favourable reviews have borne testimony to the quality of the wines.
Creation on the Move
Creation co-owners Carolyn and JC Martin will be visiting Johannesburg and Pretoria from 14 to 18 August, attending Vinimark tradeshows, visiting new and old clients and presenting two exciting wine and dine evenings. The first will take place on 14 August at 18h30 for 19h00 at The Nine Barrels, The Agog, Maboneng, Johannesburg. Click here to make a reservation. The second will take place on 17 August at 18h30 for 19h00 at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa, Atholl, Johannesburg.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. For more details, see the Events Calendar below.
Signature Report Top Performer
Among the most recent accolades for the Creation Syrah, Grenache is the 91 point score achieved by the 2015 vintage in the 2017 Signature Red Blend Report.
Presented by Winemag.co.za, the name ‘Signature Red Blend’ refers to wines which are distinctive of their originators and draw particular attention in the marketplace.
The 82 entries received from 62 producers this year were tasted blind by a three-person panel. The results were announced on 1 August and Creation is delighted to be among the top performers.
Creation The Art of Chardonnay 2016 was recently selected as one of the winners in the 2017 Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition in the category ‘Elegant & Classy Whites’. This unique competition is judged solely by a panel of top South African sommeliers.
“Freshness, expression and elegance were attributes that stood out amongst this year’s winners at the Sommeliers Selection. The competition, now in its third year, has become one the most relevant and exciting competitions on the yearly calendar with its unique angle and approach. Lengthy and passionate discussions took place between the experienced sommeliers on the panel pertaining to the wines’ age worthiness, suitability to food, and the overall value for money. At the end, all wines awarded and selected for the wine list was ratified by one final re-tasting by the chair and the two heads of panel. The resulting selection of awarded wines are truly some of the best in the country, and something we can all proudly stand behind. Bravo!” – Joakim Blackadder, chairman of the judging panel.
“Sings with umami-like tapenade …”
In Food & Home Entertaining (August 2017) the Creation Syrah, Grenache is described as follows:
The wine opens up with savoury notes of black olive and ground black pepper, with a slight violet note . . . This leads to a juicy palate of ripe plums, which sings with umami-like tapenade flavours.
The wine is recommended with “Springbok fillet under the stars”. Click here to read the complete description.
Creation wines will soon be available in Botswana at the beautiful Camp Kuzuma, a luxury African safari lodge. The camp is about an hour’s drive from Kasane Airport and according to owners Stefan du Plessis and Rudy Visser “it is as close as you can get to bush heaven”! Click here for more information.
Willie Botha’s Art at Creation
Creation Wines has been dedicated to supporting the arts ever since its inception in 2002 and is at present curating a truly exciting installation of sculptures by the gifted South African artist, Willie Botha.
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 email@example.com.
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:
I was really impressed. We were a group of six people. We never felt rushed, the various pairing and wine tasting options are impressive. We spent at least three hours and the bill was very reasonable given the experience. I will visit again.
– Emarie B (TripAdvisor review)
We decided to drop in for lunch without a reservation and, despite being very busy, every effort was made to accommodate us. We had a celiac and a pescetarian in the group and they adjusted the phenomenal tasting menu to cater for all of us. The wines are beautiful, the dishes complement them perfectly. Everything arrives at your table well timed and presented by very professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The prices are unbeatable. This is the best value tasting menu in the Western Cape.
–A TripAdvisor Me (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.
12 August 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.
14 August 18h30 for 19h00: Creation Wine Pairing at The Nine Barrels, The Agog, Maboneng The Agog welcomes Creation Wines to the Nine Barrels for a special wine tasting and pairing evening. Five wines will be paired with five dishes at R695 pp (online in advance) or R795 at the door. Click here to book. Space is limited.
17 August 18h30 for 19h00: Creation Wine Pairing at AtholPlace Villa, 90 Pretoria Ave, Atholl AtholPlace Villa welcomes Creation Wines for a special wining and dining evening. Four wines will be paired with four dishes at R450 pp. To make a reservation RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
27 August 12h00 – 16h00 (strict sit down 12h30): Creation Wines Luncheon at La Mouette, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point Our next #sundaywineday lunch will be hosted by Creation Wines co-owners Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin. Cost: R550 pp includes a welcome drink, a 4-course Creation wine pairing menu and a variety of Chef Henry’s special petit fours. To make a reservation please call 021 4330856 or email email@example.com.