A powerful childhood memory is cooking in my grandma’s kitchen with Headman, making yellow peaches in brandy for the pantry whilst listening to him telling fascinating African fables. Another colourful image comes to mind: pageant time at Stellenbosch and scoffing the best Cape Malay samoosas and koesisters I ever tasted …
Food has a wonderful way of evoking memories – of sharing, feasting, loving and caring. In September we celebrate Heritage Month, rejoicing in our nation’s diverse cultures and heritage, building a shared South African identity.
The Creation Culinary Team comprises a multicultural tapestry, bringing titillating variety and creativity to our little piece of heaven on earth. Based on our belief that what grows together, goes together, they have created a magnificent Heritage Menu based on family recipes and fond memories. In the process they have done what they do best: blending a wealth of nostalgic tastes and textures with an even greater dollop of innovation and imagination. The result is a proud celebration of our diverse South African cultural heritage with a unique Swiss touch. Together with a doctor who is a nutritionist and a specialist in general wellbeing we have innovated our most loved dishes to bring you healthier options packed with layers of flavour and perfectly paired with our wines.
To welcome you is the delightful Creation Cool-Climate Chenin Blanc. Why Chenin? Well, as Clifford Roberts puts it: “If there’s a Ground Zero for South African wine, it must be Chenin Blanc. Few varieties have tracked our history from the start, become as ubiquitous and emerged as a shining light.”
For Chapter 1 of the menu Chef Abongile has chosen Umfino, a traditional Xhosa dish which reminds him of his mother’s wise words: “Always watch where you walk as there are many valuable plants that can be used in Umfino. If people in South Africa know about this healthy dish, there would be less hunger.” Abongile ‘modernised’ the dish with peppadews, sunflower seeds, goat’s milk cheese and a variety of herbs and greens to perfectly pair with the crisp, fresh Creation Sauvignon Blanc.
Chapter 2 was inspired by the yummy curry of Chef Anthean’s childhood. His inventive Fish Seedloaf Bunny Chow reflects some of the exciting culinary cultures of our country: Cape Malay Pickled Fish, Cape Seedloaf and Indian Mango Achar. The dish is served with the Creation Viognier, with the spicy fish electrifying the marvelous fruit aromatics of the wine and the curry sauce in harmony with the creamy mouthfeel of the Viognier.
Chef Eleanor’s Strawberry Sorghum Salad is not only scrumptious but has a wealth of health benefits as sorghum is a source of no less than 12 nutrients. Organic Rooibos and Sour Fig Leaves add both ‘feel-good’ and flavour which is beautifully complemented by the big berry bouquet of the Creation Rosé.
What could be more apt for a South African heritage menu than indigenous Waterblommetjies? Chef Jean harvests them fresh from the Creation Dam, adding his creative magic to bring you a truly irresistible Waterblommetjie Risotto served with home-grown Num Num Pickle. The accompanying Creation Pinot Noir is all about texture and aroma and so is this dish.
To partner the umami-rich Creation Syrah, Grenache, Chef Jean has picked Overberg Lamb which he smokes with Rooibos and Wild Rosemary and grills on a griddle pan. The lamb is served with Macerated Tomato and Chakalaka Sauce, the latter a spicy relish that has its origins in South Africa’s mining fraternity.
Chapter 6 of our Heritage Menu features the ever chic, ever versatile Creation Chardonnay. It is served with two South African stalwarts: Koesisters and Malva Pudding. Koesisters are one of Chef Marcel’s family favourites. “My mother taught me how to make them and we used to enjoy them on a Sunday morning for breakfast.” A novel touch is the traditional Swiss Basler Leckerli which is aptly served to honour Cellarmaster Jean-Claude’s heritage.
We are ready to welcome you to celebrate a feast of South African Innovation as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
Syrah Day 2021
22 July was international Syrah Day, and Creation is proud to have three Syrah- based wines in our portfolio. Our 2019 Syrah, Grenache is a well-endowed Rhône-style blend with intense flavours of ripe plum, black pepper, tapenade and umami. Also rated 92/100, the 2018 Creation Reserve Syrah is praised for offering dense black and mulberry fruit, light floral notes and a touch of menthol. “The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe black cherry and bilberry fruit .. . it has good weight and a judicious touch of black pepper on the finish. Just delicious.” Neal Martin MW. Our Creation Fine Cape Vintage is pure indulgence in this wintery weather, made from 100% Syrah. Sweet dreams are made of this!
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.
Greetings from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.