When Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin established Creation on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in 2002, the land had never been planted to vines before. This offered JC, a Swiss-trained viticulturistand winemaker, a blank canvas. Having meticulously considered soil, climate and aspect he selected the cultivars best suited to the terroir – and had the foresight to plant only virus-free clones. Now, with the 2018 harvest wellunder way, the Creation team once again reaps the advantages of this decision. The grapes harvested to date are well balanced with excellent fruit concentration and intensity of flavour. Commenting on the quality, JC simply points out that healthy vines equal healthy grapes and that this is key to his philosophy of ‘enhancing the beauty of nature’.
To read the remarks from Creation’s five 2018 harvest interns, click here.
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Creation in 5 Delectable Chapters
With the 2018 harvest in full swing there’s never a dull moment in either the vineyard or the cellar. The members of the Creation Culinary Team have been equally busy, planning a brand-new The Story of Creation pairing menu to celebrate the harvest. This is arguably the most popular of Creation’s amazing eight pairing options and the new menu comprises five tantalising courses.
Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin elaborates: “Every Creation wine tells a distinctive story and we believe that context plays an important part in the enjoyment of wine. Each wine presented in The Story of Creation enhances an artfully created small-plate dish and thus the Creation narrative unfolds with each delectable chapter.” All in all a multi-faceted pairing experience.
Click here to see the new menu.
Guess Who came to Visit …
The Creation team recently had the pleasure of hosting not one, but three prominent food experts:
Michelle Coburn is features editor for the beautiful Woolworths Taste magazine. She was the first journalist to enjoy our new Harvest Menu at Creation and it was an absolute delight to share food and wine experiences with her. Visit www.taste.co.za
Bianca Coleman is an old friend of Creation and it’s always a pleasure to have her visit, especially with her unique take on food and wine. She is a freelance journalist covering many different lifestyle stories in especially the Western Cape. Visit her comprehensive Visit her comprehensive website at www.eatplaydrink.capetown to find out that’s happening in the Cape.
Horak Corver, maybe better known as the ‘SA Food Guru’, takes beautiful photographs of food and wine. Check out his Instagram The SA Food Guru. Horak is definitely not your run-of-the-mill food appreciator. He has quite a distinctive and fresh approach to the appreciation of food and wine. You can also find him on his website at www.traverate.com
Creation Viognier – a Wow with Chocolate
Some three years ago the ever-enterprising Creation team took the thrill of wine and food pairing even further by introducing their now highly popular Paradoxical Wine and Chocolate Pairing. Why Paradoxical? Carolyn explains: “Many people think chocolate simply shouldn’t be paired with wine. At Creation we thought, ‘challenge accepted’. The premise is that instead of pairing the chocolate itself with wine, the chocolate serves as a vessel infused with vivid flavour profiles to elevate the flavours within the wine. I ate copious amounts of chocolate and drank a huge amount of wine and tasteda myriad spices, herbs and other ingredients to get to the point where each chocolate worked with each wine!” Among the four heavenly combinations is the Creation Viognier enhancing salted white chocolate infused with white peach and almond.
See below wine and chocolate pairing recommendations by Wade Bales (founder and CEO of the Wade Bales Wine Society).
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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.
Should you decide to visit us on the spur of the moment, don’t hesitate to phone 028 212 1107 send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on WhatsApp (082 921 6435). We may just be able to accommodate you – especially during the warmer months when additional tables are available on our scenic patio and in our delightful garden. You can choose from no less than eight pairings, with our delectable Brunch Pairing starting at 10 am.
Here are some comments recently made by our visitors:
“Our second visit to Creation and it was even better than the first. We had the food and wine pairings. Each mouthful of food was delicious, complemented by great wines. The owner also offered us a couple of extra wine tastes when she saw some of the wines we had bought earlier in the day. A wonderful day, never to be forgotten.”- Gill V (TripAdvisor)
“Wonderful experience. Superb wines and food. Staffwere helpful and informative. Will visit again on our next trip. A true culinary and wine experience and our server went out of his way to accommodate my wife’s request to move tables and substitute food that was non spicy for her.”- Roy Bloom (Post-tasting feedback)
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.
Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Golf Club
17 March 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.