Wines

Earthy wines from a heavenly source

Sauvignon Blanc

At Creation we have six different clones of Sauvignon Blanc and the blending of these results in interesting complexity. Thanks to the cool climate and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, our Sauvignon is more mineral driven than fruit forward and the 2019 vintage benefited from extended lees contact which imparted additional texture and depth to the wine. Star-bright with alluring aromas of elderflower, papaya, cassis, passion fruit and kumquat blooming from the glass. On the palate clean minerality rules. Then opening up to echo the generosity promised on the nose and leading to a refreshing hint of lemon zest Very good with seafood, especially sushi, fromage du chèvre and aubergine.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Light straw-yellow in colour, with glints of green. The invigorating, salty bouquet, reminiscent of the fresh sea breezes caressing our vineyards, is complemented by delightful hints of green fig. All in all a unique, terroir-expressive Bordeaux-style white. Recommended with fresh oysters and strawberry salsa, seafood bisque or bouillabaisse.

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Cool-climate Chenin Blanc

The most delicate shade of wild primrose with tinges of lime playing hide-and-seek in the glass. A bouquet of gentle ginger, tender tomato leaf, apple skin and honeycomb casts the first spell. On the palate the magic unfolds with crispy quince and fresh green apple flirting with the smoothness of coconut milk in the background. A cool-climate Chenin Blanc as remarkable in its purity as it is in its joyous complexity.

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Viognier

Creation was the first in the Hemel-en-Aarde with a Viognier vineyard. The vines are planted on the coolest, south-facing slopes which are ideal for the cultivation of Viognier. Joyful and vivacious, Creation Viognier has been likened to a walk through the fynbos garden in springtime, or Vivaldi1 s Spring Concerto! The 2019 vintage is no exception. The wine is delightfully forthcoming on the nose with pertinent peach snuggling up to the secret subtleties of ripe pear. These aromas find resonance on the smooth palate where apricot adds another dimension and blends seamlessly with crisp minerality and bouncy, well-integrated natural acidity. Delicious as an aperitif or enjoy with creamy pasta and poultry dishes.

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Roussanne Viognier

Attractively straw coloured with shimmering glints of green. An abundance of fresh fruit and floral aromas ranges from fragrant white peach and dried pear to vibrant citrus blossom and spicy jasmine. A multi-facetted palate zinging with flavour: ripe peach and apricot enhanced by sprightly acidity mingle joyously with the creamy character of coconut milk and the nuttiness of almond. A finely nuanced wine artfully blended to offer vivacity as well as elegance and finesse.

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Chardonnay

“The beautifully fresh Creation Chardonnay is slightly more fruit-driven than the other with generous quince, pear and peach aromas and flavours, enhanced by fresh minerality and hints of vanilla.

Well-judged acidity contributes excellent balance and a lively, lingering aftertaste.”

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Grenache noir Viognier

Enchanting shades of rosy coral with a big berry bouquet. Pronounced raspberry and titillating cranberry mingle with soft rosebud and a trace of sandalwood. On the well-balanced palate cool-climate freshness is the first impression. The berry fruit follows through, beautifully offset by hints of stone-fruit. Vivaciously crisp yet soft and round with a lingering aftertaste.

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Pinot Noir

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.

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Merlot

Multi-facetted, like a finely cut ruby in the glass – with a bounty of fruity, spicy aromas to invite you in. On the palate, rewarding dark chocolate and mocha combine with generous ripe berry flavours, supported by the firm structure derived from judicious oak maturation.

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Dense, blue-black in colour with seductive hues of violet. The sumptuous berry bouquet tempts with generous blackberry and blackcurrant aromas against a background of smoky oak. The palate is in perfect harmony with the nose: taut and richly flavoured, with well-integrated tannins promising excellent maturation potential. A Bordeaux-style blend in the finest tradition. Currently the only Bordeaux-style blend grown and made in the Hemel-en-Aarde. Wonderful with game and red meat. Decant before serving.

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Syrah, Grenache

Dark purple in colour, almost black, with flashes of deep crimson. Alluring aromas of ripe black olive elegantly complemented by whiffs of pepper. A well-endowed, full-bodied Rhône-style blend with intense flavours of ripe plum, black pepper, tapenade and umami. Supple ripe tannins and well-integrated, natural acidity contribute to the appeal. Ideally suited to red meat dishes, especially Cape Malay lamb curry.

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