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Creation. Taste the Passion

“When I reflected upon why South Africa has perhaps affected me more than any other southern hemisphere country I have covered in my career, one word sprang to mind: soul.” Thus writes Neal Martin MW, one of the most recognised names in international wine writing, in his 2020 South Africa Wine Report. The eagerly awaited report has just been published and Creation Wines on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is proud to have…

Wijnoogst 2020 – een speciale herinnering

De vintage van 2020 zal altijd herinnerd worden door de vele uitdagingen die het Creation team heeft moeten trotseren vanwege de Covid-19 Lockdown. Maar volgens cellarmaster Jean Claude Martin (JC) ziet het er toch veelbelovend uit. De oogst is goed in balans en de kwaliteit van de druiven is erg goed.   De oogst begon al vroeg in het jaar met de druiven voor de MCC die al half januari…

Vintage 2020. Creating Memories

They say wine records and then reflects history as no vintage is ever the same. While this has mostly to do with climatic conditions, the 2020 vintage will certainly also be remembered for the challenges posed by the Covid-19 Lockdown. At Creation however, the prospects are rosy with Cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin saying that the crop was well balanced and the quality of the grapes great. The harvest started early…

Hands Full of Blessings

At Creation all grapes are harvested in the time-honoured way – by hand. This is in line with co-owner Jean-Claude (JC) Martin’s respect for Mother Nature and his artisanal approach in both the vineyard and the cellar. Why hand-picking? “Our harvest team knows exactly what to look for in a bunch, ensuring that no overripe or damaged grapes or leaves land in the crates. This precludes the need for sorting…

Selection Massale

A clone is a vine propagated from one single mother vine with the result that each plant that is propagated from it is identical in DNA and uniform in personality. In South Africa quality grafting material is extremely important:  to minimise the risk of spreading virus but also to ensure that the clones selected are best suited to the site on which they will be planted. The estate vineyards on…

Creation. Always a Green Welcome

The South African wine industry represents one of the major attractions for visitors to the Cape and in recent years there has been a growing trend among tourists, both local and international, to consider environmental issues when selecting a destination.   In the Cape Winelands there are several accreditations indicating a winery’s commitment to its natural surroundings and the presence of checks and balances to ensure minimal impact and responsible…

The Art of Winemaking: Fermentation

Years of planning and preparation are invested in ensuring that the agricultural aspects of growing wine are all working together to produce the best quality fruit – grapes that are healthy, perfectly ripe and expressive of their origin. Harvest is the culmination of each vintage in the vineyards, but the magic of turning grapes into wine starts with the process of fermentation. Fermentation is not only responsible for the alcohol…

The Art of Winemaking: Terroir

At Creation we celebrate the fact that we have received ‘Estate’ status, a term referring to the fact that the wines under the Creation label are grown and made on the farm. Right from the start it has been our intention to harness the full potential of our land in order to create site-specific wines reflecting our unique terroir. It is indeed this ‘sense of place’ that makes our wines…

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