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An Epic Morning at Creation

It is 5h30 am on Monday, 18 March and at Creation, on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, the anticipation runs high.  Yes, the harvest is in full swing, meaning that eager beavers move into the vineyards at the crack of dawn to ensure that the grapes reach the cellar in prime condition. But on this particular morning, there is something else in the air …   Could it be the swishing…

Creation: Where “the Mood is always Good“

At Creation the 2019 harvest is proceeding at a pace and the excitement runs high in both vineyards and cellar.  Assisting, and each adding his/her own particular dynamic to the mix, are three energetic interns from Europe. Max Fredrich hails from the German wine region of Markgräflerland near the Swiss and French borders and studies Oenology at the famous Geisenheim Institute. In his free time he is a member of…

Creation gears up for Cape Epic 2019

Following the successful hosting of a water and spectator point in 2017, the Creation team is pulling out all stops to welcome Absa Cape Epic riders and spectators to the estate again on 18 March during the first stage of the race. “To be part of this epic adventure is an opportunity we treasure and the excitement is already tangible here on the estate,” says Creation’s Carolyn Martin. Click below…

Creation: “Where the Magic Begins”

With Creation enjoying such a proud reputation for wine and food pairing – among others a four-times winner of the prestigious KLINK ‘Great Pairings’ award  – it is not surprising that the team has a natural affinity for sommeliers! Neither is it surprising that they wish to share the secrets of their little piece of paradise with these knowledgeable wine professionals. Hence the day-long Creation ‘Sommelier Sojourn’ which took place…

Amazing Wines from Ancient Vines

Amidst the hustle and bustle of harvest activities, this past week saw the Creation cellar team beaming with pleasure as they received three tons of old-vine Chenin Blanc from Windmeul Kelder in Paarl. The significance of this rather unusual event is that it heralds Creation’s participation in South Africa’s unique Old Vine Project (OVP). Click here to read more about it. Although the drive to compile a definitive list of…

Romancing the wine

It’s Valentine’s week and love is in the air! This inspired Creation intern Baptiste Quinard from Burgundy to pen yet another passionate ode in praise of wine. What follows is none other than Carolyn Martin’s playful translation:         St Valentine’s Day brings to mind the Mayor of Bordeaux, Michel de Montaigne’s citation: “We never drink; we merely kiss and allow the wine to caress our soul”. That is…

An Ode to Pinot

Pinot Noir is the friend of good people with fine educated palates, the friend of lovers of nuances, the friend of those who love to share beauty. This praise song from Baptiste Quinard’s ‘Pinot Noir is an Aristocrat’ is but one of many odes reflecting the passion Pinot aficionados have for what must be one of the world’s most desirable wine cultivars. Indeed, the Pinot Noir star has been on…

In with the New!

Bright New Year’s resolutions, anyone? Well, the ever-inventive Creation Culinary Team is ready and rearing to embrace 2019 with verve and panache. “We’re aiming to tease your taste buds out of their comfort zone with extraordinary taste combinations and out-of-this-world flavour profiling,” says pairing guru Carolyn Martin – and she means it!       According to Carolyn the perfect platform for these culinary adventures is the Creation Small-Plate Pairing…

In Praise of Pinot Noir

This past weekend saw 12 Pinot producers pulling out all the stops to showcase their wines at the sixth annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration. And what a celebration it was! Among the festivities were individual producer events hosted at the participating wineries. Creation’s cameo performance, titled ‘Pinot Poetry’, featured a tasting of no less than ten internationally sought-after Pinot Noirs enhanced by a delectable menu composed by the gifted Creation…

On the Wings of Pinot Noir

With the sixth annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration around the corner, lovers of this captivating cultivar will soon be flocking to partake in the festivities. Taking place on 25 and 26 January 2019 in the magical open-air setting of Nidderdale farm and surrounds, this sought-after highlight on the South African wine calendar is guaranteed to set your senses soaring. The cool-climate Hemel-en-Aarde is world renowned for Pinot Noir of great…

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