Established in 2002 by husband and wife team Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin, Creation more than lives up to its evocative name. ‘The name is not only a tribute to the riches Mother Nature has bestowed upon our beautiful farm, it is also a reference to our soils which had never been planted to vines before, and last but not least, it is a promise of constant innovation,’ says Carolyn.
The Estate can be found high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near the coastal town of Hermanus where the vineyards climb the steep hills of Babylon Toren Mountain to a lofty altitude of 300 metres above sea level. Here they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in clay-rich soils and dance in the cool breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. According to cellarmaster-viticulturist Jean-Claude Martin these conditions are fundamental to the distinctive quality of the wines. Proof of this quality is the wide array of local and international accolades won by the Creation wine ranges.
At the 2015 South African Wine Index (SAWi) awards, Creation Wines excelled by receiving a Platinum Award for its Syrah Grenache blend as well as Grand Gold for its Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot blend, its Pinot Noir and its Viognier. The SAWi wine judging system is based on the combined results a wine has achieved over multi vintages in different multi-national wine competitions or reviews. As such, a wine is not judged on one occasion only but its consistency is tracked over a period and built out to a 10 year quality window, explains Carolyn.
2015 also saw 13 Creation wines scoring above the coveted 90 point mark in Tim Atkin’s report on South African wines. Tim Atkin – British Master of Wine, award-winning wine journalist and judge of several international wine competitions – is an expert on South African wines and the results are based on his extensive tastings, locally and abroad.
A further feather in the Creation team’s cap has been the fact that the 2013 Creation Reserve Pinot Noir was among only 51 wines and brandies allocated a 5-star rating in the 2015 edition of the authoritative Platter Wine Guide. This distinction confirms the Estate’s proud Pinot pedigree.
To furthermore confirm Creation’s dedication to conservation and sustainability, it received the coveted EnviroWines accreditation. This pioneering concept has been developed to encourage and give recognition to growers who produce grapes and wine through above average environmentally sustainable practices. Creation is also BWI and IPW certified.
While it’s good to know that Creation’s ultra-premium wines are created in harmony with Nature, it is also great to know that the team is dedicated to contributing to the local economy by promoting wine tourism. During 2014 Creation hosted over 45,000 visitors from all over the world and CNN travel writer Clair Hu put Creation at the top of her list of 10 Sensational South African Wine Farms. Further praise came from international wine tourism expert, Robert Joseph, who stated that he was ‘dazzled’ by Creation’s promotional efforts.
Creation is also dedicated to social upliftment in the area and has been involved in the establishment of the Hemel-en-Aarde Community Project which, although in its foundation phases, envisions a community centre serving the local population’s education, health and social needs.
Creation would like to extend a hearty welcome to all CapeWine delegates – be sure to visit Jean-Claude Martin at stand 0104. We look forward to hosting you on our Estate and sharing with you the riches of our beautiful land. For more on our campaign, click here.
For press enquiries contact: Dieter Odendaal +27 (82) 659 2318 Creation +27 (28) 212 1107