Blup, blup, blup comes the gentle percussion, almost like music, from the barrel cellar. Yes, it’s fermentation time at Creation and the entire cellar team is standing by to attend to the intricacies of barrel fermentation.
Let’s take our Chardonnay as an example. Most of it is currently going through primary fermentation in the barrels. In a few weeks’ time this will stop and when it does, we will start with weekly batonage for the first six weeks, stirring the fine lees through the wine to create a creamier palate with more depth.
Depending on the temperature as well as the acidity and pH of the wine, malolactic or secondary fermentation will occur within three to four weeks after primary fermentation has been completed. Malolactic fermentation is the conversion of aggressive malic acid (present in the grape at harvest time) to mild acid called lactic acid and lowers the perceived acidity of the wine, making it rounder on the palate. Some winemakers believe that it can also mitigate the harshness associated with new oak, softening its dominance and allowing for better integration.
During this process the wine will be stirred again every three to four weeks and then left to settle in the barrel for nine months to clear. In the 10th month it will be racked for bottling – a longer gestation period therefore than a baby!
Other cultivars currently in the cellar are our Sauvignon Blanc which is being destemmed before going through primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Our Pinot Noir is presently undergoing primary fermentation in wood fermenters, while 50% of our Viognier is in stainless steel fermenters where the delicious juice is converted into delightful wine.
But, back to our Chardonnay. Our talented chef Warwick Taylor and his team have set out to demonstrate the versatility of this gorgeous wine by each preparing a dish to match the 2013 vintage. The recipes range from quick and easy to more intricate. Read more on our blog. Have fun by trying these out at home.
Send us your own recipe to pair with the 2013 Creation Chardonnay, together with a picture of the dish, and you could win a case of six bottles of this delectable wine! Winners will be announced on the 1st of April. (No kidding!)
Proof of the distinctive quality of our wines is the wide array of local and international accolades regularly won by the Creation and Whale Pod ranges. [click here for the list]
After being sold out of our 2012 vintage for the last two weeks, we are delighted to announce that we will have stock again from next week after our 2013 vintage is released! The 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir will also soon be available again when it is released in May. Click here to place your order and claim your share!
THE AFRASIA BANK CAPE WINE AUCTION 2014
Creation is proud to participate in The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction 2014. It is for a great cause and funds will be distributed to charities within the wine industry. Please read more about our lot at www.thecapewineauction.com and help us raise funds to make a worthwhile contribution. Should you like to bid, online bidding is now live on the site www.thecapewineauction.com.
If you are keen to join this special event on 15 March, please get in touch with Dieter at Creation - firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 659 2318.
What if you can’t get to the auction? Absentee bids can be offered in three ways:
1) Telephonic – a member of the auction house will phone you on the specified lot and you bid as if present;
2) Commission – you let the auctioneers know what your maximum bid is for the item and they bid on your behalf;
3) Online – by registering with the-saleroom.com you may bid and watch the auction live from the comfort of your own home.
For detailed Auction Etiquette, click here.