TOP 5 Pinot Noir – Art of Pinot Noir 2018

When it was recently announced that the Creation Art of Pinot Noir 2018 was among the Top Five at the inaugural Mosaic Pinot Noir Awards, co-owner Carolyn Martin responded that it is always rewarding when a Creation wine gets this recognition from a reputable tasting panel. To which she added: “What makes us especially proud of this award is that the competition seeks to identify wines to serve as a benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinot Noir. We are also delighted that our 2019 Estate Pinot Noir was in the Top 10, this shows quality across our Pinot range.”


Describing the 2018 Creation Art of Pinot, Carolyn says it has reflections of wild forest strawberries, dark berries, cherries and spice with hints of dark rose petal. Intense and vibrant yet silky smooth and elegantly understated, it doesn’t cause the palate fatigue sometimes experienced when drinking a heavy red wine. “In fact, once you’ve had the pleasure of enjoying this terroir-driven Pinot, it is hard to get excited about bolder wines.” Asked about food pairing, Carolyn says the wine is exceptionally versatile and can be enjoyed with a variety of foods – from fish to venison, goat’s-milk cheese to the tartness of fresh berries.

Springbok Loin with Braised Leek, King Oyster Mushroom and Cherry Jus paired with the Art of Pinot Noir

The grapes for the site-specific, limited-release wine were selected from a small pocket within a single vineyard block, planted on 450-million-year-old clay loam soils with decomposed Bokkeveld shale. The wine was 30% whole-bunch fermented to capture the freshness of the cool-climate grapes and a barrel selection of only 3 050 individually numbered bottles were released. According to Carolyn the specific clone, the time of picking, the fermentation process and the barrel selection all played a vital role in making the wine stand out above the rest.

The Hemel-en-Aarde is of course widely regarded as the cradle of South African Pinot Noir.  Creation is situated some 9 km from the cold Atlantic Ocean and blessed with a cool night index of 12° C lower than the day-time temperature.  A unique thermal vortex with cooling south-easterly and south-westerly winds fans the vineyards during the growth period, resulting in long ripening and contributing to great fruit with natural acidity.

JC walking the Vineyard

While the Creation Art of Pinot Noir can be described as ‘Pinot at its Pinnacle’, the estate boasts an enviable reputation for its entire range of Pinots. In Tim Atkin’s 2020 South Africa Special Report all the Pinots in the Creation range are awarded Medals of Excellence. The 2019 Art of Pinot Noir scores 97 points, the 2019 Emma’s Pinot Noir 95, the 2019 Reserve Pinot Noir 94 and the 2019 Estate Pinot 91 points. Simply click here to order these award-winning wines.

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