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Creation Syrah, Grenache: A Real Dish of a Wine!

This past week saw the release of the 2016 Creation Syrah, Grenache, one of the estate’s flagship blends and a wine renowned for its remarkable pairing versatility. The wine has enjoyed great acclaim since the release of the maiden (2007) vintage, with among the latest accolades for the 2015 vintage 92 points allocated by Neal Martin for eRobertParker.com and 93 points allocated by Jamie Goode, a renowned British wine writer…

Pinot Panache

The fourth International Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place over the past weekend with winemakers, chefs and wine lovers gathering from far and wide to partake in the exceptional wine and food of the Hemel-en-Aarde wine region. As part of this event, Creation Wines hosted their intriguing Kiss and Tell tasting which featured a series of European Pinot Noirs alongside their own. The tasting was conducted by guest sommelier Jörg…

Celebrating All Things Chardonnay

At the moment the talk of the town is Chardonnay. And that includes the launch of Creation’s first (2016) Reserve Chardonnay, the upcoming Hemel-en-Aarde Classic Chardonnay Celebration and also the recent De Wetshof Chardonnay Celebration. The latter was attended by Carolyn and JC Martin and a lot of insight was shared. One speaker especially, the US wine writer and novelist Jay McInerney, caught the attention. Among Jay’s words of wisdom…

Release of 2015 Creation Fine Cape Vintage

With the holiday season almost upon us, the release of Creation’s 2015 Fine Cape Vintage (Port) could not have come at a better time. This is the estate’s second release of a fortified wine; the previous vintage was released at the end of 2014, selling out in less than two months. The 2015 vintage comprises only one thousand 375 ml bottles, each elegantly packed in its own black velvet bag….

Merlot Magic

October is Merlot Month and to celebrate we bring you all things Merlot – starting with the terroir. Merlot is widely regarded as one of the world’s most difficult cultivars to grow. At Creation on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge however, we are blessed with a number of factors contributing to the successful cultivation of the fickle Merlot. Firstly there’s the macro-climate which has a great influence on the suitability of this…

Creation Viognier – As Vivacious as it is Elegant

Although little known in South Africa, Viognier is a cultivar which is becoming increasingly popular and production has escalated over recent years. Creation was the first in the Hemel-en-Aarde to plant this grape, which is believed to be an ancient variety first brought to Central and Western Europe from Croatia in Roman times. Genetically it is a cousin of Nebbiolo and closely related to the lesser known Piedmont grape, Freisa….

Sauvignon Blanc Savvy

“The world’s most honest wine” – Matt Kramer, US wine critic and wine writer. Sauvignon Blanc has been described as “one of the most recognisable aromatic cultivars with top tier popularity status”. It is what it is, consumers love it and it might well be the safest wine to order in a pub, or as a starter in a restaurant due to the consistent quality. Another reason why it is…

The Pinot Palate

“Pinot Noir has taken off around the world as a sought-after food pairing wine. It is light enough for salmon and complex enough for richer pairings such as duck, making it very versatile as seen on our Pinot Palate menu,” says Creation’s Carolyn Martin. Pinot Noir is furthermore considered to be one of the world’s most transparent and expressive cultivars. The indelible stamp of origin and the subtle hand of the…

Wine and the Arts – Rejoicing in the 2016 Harvest

At the onset of harvest this past week, our imaginative team donned garlands made of vine leaves and had a great deal of fun, re-enacting the myths of ancient Greece. The scene resembled a celebration in honour of Dionysus and a celebration it certainly was! Need to brush up on your Greek mythology? Well, Dionysus of course is the god of the grape, harvest, winemaking and wine and also the…

Herb and Wine Pairing: Making the Freshest Taste Fresher

From Creation’s famous cool climate terroir on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge comes a range of wines tempting the nose and enticing the palate with irresistible pairing potential. To ring in the New Year, Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin is introducing a fascinating series on herb and wine pairing which once again proves just how the elegance and finesse of our cool climate wines enhance the taste of fresh herbs when…

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