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Creation is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Our estate benefits from its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its elevation above sea level. That, together with a diurnal fluctuation in temperature which contributes to a long window for ripening, allows us to grow fine Pinot Noir. The grapes ripen gradually, evenly and fully, resulting in delicate aromas and flavours, balanced by crisp acidity and subtle, silky tannins. Another plus factor is the estate’s 450-million-year-old clay derived Bokkeveld shale soils which have good water retention.

In a nutshell: Creation’s fine wine alchemy is a rare combination of art, science, our people, and a sense of place. Fine Pinot Noir rewards with provenance in every sip.


“Wine production is a natural process and plant health is enormously important in the production of quality grapes.” – Creation Cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin.

Working alongside scientists to understand plant health better, Creation has become a source of virus-free cuttings to propagate clean material for new plantings in South Africa.

In the cellar JC adheres to a mantra of ‘expressing the beauty of nature’. Stating that it is the terroir and little intervention that make Creation Pinot Noir so distinctive he says: “When you’re harvesting quality fruit it is not necessary to manipulate the wine. Rather guide it gently through the process to preserve the sense of place.”


“Pinot Noir at its best is an inspiring, elegant, delicate and multi-faceted wine offering intriguing complexity and depth,” says JC.

Pinot Noir is considered to be one of the world’s most transparent and expressive cultivars; a good Pinot reflects the indelible stamp of its origin and the subtle hand of its winemaker.

At Creation, diverse aspects, ranging from south- to east-facing, single-site vineyards and parcels within the site give rise to the creation of no less than four internationally sought-after wines. Each site expresses itself in its own stylistic way, ranging from intensely fragrant and beautifully earthy to excitingly complex and elegantly spicy.

Creation Art of Pinot Noir – Prince Charming

Single-site specific and barrel selection – individually numbered bottles. Utterly enchanting, a shiny pomegranate seed red. Complex velvety texture, spice and perfume. The Prince of Reds at his most charming.

Creation Emma’s Pinot Noir – Daddy’s Girl

A collaboration between Emma and JC Martin. Single-site specific and barrel selection. A serious glass of premium Pinot Noir.

Creation Reserve Pinot Noir – Red Velvet

Smooth yet complex with layers of dried fruit, hints of piquant spice. Supple tannins ensure excellent maturation potential.

Creation Estate Pinot Noir – Forever Romantic

A bevy of seductive red berries… the earthiness of shiitake mushroom. Sheer romance in a glass.


The story of Creation Pinot Noir would not be complete without a few words on pairing. Our Pinots are exceptionally food friendly and versatile, pairing well with a range of foods, from fish to venison, goat’s-milk cheese to the tartness of fresh berries. One of my favourites is fresh tuna sashimi with sesame and soya. It echoes the umami in the Pinot, making the wine shine!

Carolyn Martin – Creative Director, Creation Wines

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