While establishing his career in Switzerland, JC honed his skills on Pinot Noir and is therefore familiar with the challenges faced when cultivating what can be a fickle grape. Before planting his Pinot at Creation he meticulously considered aspect, soil and row direction and selected only virus-free clones (Dijon 115 and 777) for their suitability to the terroir. His Pinot vineyards are planted on south-easterly, easterly and north-easterly slopes with each site expressing itself in its own stylistic way. The wine is bright and shiny, resembling a polished garnet. Intensely fragrant, the bouquet combines a bevy of seductive red berries with whiffs of vanilla and wood spice. These follow through on the elegant palate where the refined flavours of raspberry and the earthiness of shiitake mushroom are supported by supple tannins. Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin says this versatile wine is sensational with fish – from white fish dishes to salmon or tuna sashimi – poultry, game and even
Creation’s homemade kimchi.