When it comes to white wine, Chardonnay is our cellarmaster’s first love. According to Jean-Claude (JC) there are many reasons for this, but if he has to sum it up: “Chardonnay has charisma – such a compelling and charming presence!”
JC’s love affair with this captivating cultivar dates back to the late 1990s, while establishing his winemaking career in Switzerland. “I honed my skills on Chardonnay, constantly benchmarking my wines with those from nearby Burgundy.” When in 2003 he established his vines at Creation, it was the first virus-free mother block to be planted in South Africa post-1994. For Chardonnay, he selected Burgundian clones 95 and 96 which yield small bunches with good natural acidity.
The Creation terroir is eminently suited to the production of world-class Chardonnay. “With Chardonnay one recognises the architecture of the geology in the wine,” says JC. Evidence is the Creation Art of Chardonnay grown on 550-million-year-old seams of quartz and 450-million-year-old decomposed Bokkeveld shale, with cooling winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean fanning the vineyards.
Recent accolades for Creation Chardonnay include a score of 96 by Tim Atkin
MW for the Creation Art of Chardonnay and a rating of 95 by Greg Sherwood MW for the Creation Reserve Chardonnay. Creation Estate Chardonnay was recently selected as Majestic New World Wine of the Year for 2020.
The secrets to this success? According to JC having healthy, virus-free vines planted in premier terroir is the first step. “Winemaking is a delicate art requiring constraint to capture the inherent nuances. When harvesting quality fruit, it is not necessary to manipulate the wine. Rather guide it gently through the process to preserve the sense of place and enhance the beauty of nature.”
There are presently four artisanal Chardonnays in the Creation portfolio, each reflecting the terroir where the respective vineyards are planted.
Creation Art of Chardonnay
The Queen of White Wines. Single-site specific and barrel selection – individually numbered bottles. Seams of quartz sparkle in this vineyard; a wine with steely tension, yet elegantly refined.
Creation Reserve Chardonnay
ABC (Absolutely Brilliant Chardonnay). A single-vineyard wine. Vibrant grapefruit and fragrant apple with a hint of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Creation Glenn’s Chardonnay
(Only 600 bottles will be released)
Glenn Martin is the fourth generation winemaker in the Martin and Finlayson families. This natural ferment wine was made from specially selected, clone 96 Chardonnay grapes. To pre-order this wine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chic Chardonnay. Glorious layers of sunkissed pear and peach enhanced by fresh minerality and hints of spice.
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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.
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