With the summer holidays around the corner, it is good to know that Creation Wines on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge has just launched a most original – and scrumptious – new pairing menu. Titled ‘The Summertime Story of Creation’ the menu showcases the estate’s award-winning wines along with the fresh, seasonal produce from local producers in the Overberg/Overstrand region. This region of course is famed for being the first in South Africa to be awarded UNESCO Creative City status for Gastronomy in 2019.
According to Creation co-owner Carolyn Martin the new menu is about grace and gratitude. “It’s about our deep thankfulness to Nature, our dedicated team and our loyal clients for having made it possible to overcome the restrictions imposed on us by Covid-19. It’s about counting our many blessings and rewarding our clients not only with the finest of wines and seasonal foods from our pristine region but also with the gentle, joyous ambience of our magnificent setting – creating memories.”
Carolyn says the title of the menu was inspired by one of George Gershwin’s most evocative compositions: ‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy’. “I have huge admiration for Gershwin’s brilliant composition which mixes jazz elements with Afro American styles to create a benchmark within its own unique genre. Similarly, our Summertime Story blends amazing aromas with irresistible flavours, titillating textures with arresting colour combinations to delight the senses and uplift the spirit.”
The menu comprises six courses or chapters and you have a choice between canapé and small-plate portions. A charming aspect is the colourful array of flowers used not only as visual garnishing but also to enhance the pairings in terms of aroma and flavour. Thus Chapter 1 pairs the delightfully quaffable Creation Sauvignon Blanc with freshly baked zopf rolls, maize bratzeli and a superb spread of accompaniments such as cream cheese and homemade hummus, all beautifully presented with beetroot flowers.
The gorgeously aromatic Creation Viognier is ideally suited to fish. Well, come Chapter 2 and like the lyrics of the song, the ‘fish are jumpin’! Just imagine the freshest, catch-of-the-day ceviche served on toasted cumin tortilla with lemon preserve, spicy chipotle and summery honeysuckle – a match made in paradise!
Summertime magic is also reflected in Chapter 3 where the golden rays of the classic Creation Reserve Chardonnay echo the sunny hues of confit duck leg served with soubise, coconut carrot, orange and carrot flowers. And it’s not only the colours that harmonise: the richness, the hints of citrus and the sweet notes of the dish sing beautifully with the fresh elegance of the Chardonnay.
And so the menu continues to impress. Chapter 5 offers beef fillet cooked to tender perfection with potato purée, exotic mushrooms and cranberry jus. A more delectable match for the vibrant yet velvety Creation Reserve Pinot Noir one cannot imagine.
To conclude the Summertime Story of Creation, guests are treated to a duo of note. The irresistible raspberry chocolate parfait is served with a small glass of Creation Pinot Noir Gin. Gin with dessert – why not? “Our chef adds a small amount of this gin to his parfait to create a masterful balance of texture and flavour,” explains Carolyn. And then the local Bergkäse mousse and honeycomb served with truffle oil are accompanied by the Creation Elation MCC. The freshness of the Brut Nature with its biscuity and citrusy characteristics is a perfect counterfoil to the light fluffy mousse. Truly a grand finale to a marvelous meal!
Creation Wines is situated 120 km southeast of Cape Town, on the outskirts of the coastal resort of Hermanus. The Summertime Story of Creation Pairing Menu will be served from now until the end of February 2021 – be sure to make a reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 028 212 1107.
Please specify any dietary requirements: standard, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. The Summertime Story menu comprises six courses and eight wines. The Small-Plate option is priced at R695 per person; the Canapé option at R395 per person. All Creation wines are vegan friendly.
For wine orders, please go to the Creation online shop at https://shop.creationwines.com/.