Creation Wines is situated near the top of the Hemel en Aarde Valley and is owned by Swiss born JC (Jean Claude) and his wife Carolyn Martin. This is one of our favourite places to visit to enjoy their food and wine pairing.
The glasses are Riedel, the team welcoming and serving you are outstanding hosts
The complete visit is a treat….. the views, the people and of course the food and magnificent wines!
If you plan to visit it is essential to make a reservation.
Their usual menu focuses on tapas style and sized dishes that are paired with the wines. For those who want something more substantial, there is a limited a la carte menu.
Families can enjoy a tasting or meal as there is a separate kiddies area where the young one are minded and can enjoy their food without Mom and Dad!
The gardens are dotted with beautiful sculptures and if you miss these, you can simply enjoy the lovely views,the birdlife and the immaculately trellised vineyards.
We enjoyed 6 courses carefully paired with 3 Chardonnays, the Estate, the Reserve and The Art of Chardonnay, and with 3 Pinot Noirs, the Estate, the Reserve and The Art of Pinot Noir.
The wines were all superb and Carolyn’s immaculate palate matched the food beautifully.
Join me for a photographic tasting experience!
On arrival a glass of Elation MCC (100% Pinot Noir) was accompanied by a canape with whipped goats cheese, raspberry and a hint of lemon! While watching the sun set over the mountains!
The Whites – 3 Chardonnays
The Estate Chardonnay has a nose of lightly caramelized butter with hints of marmalade and ripe grapefruit. This worked perfectly with the salad of fennel, pear, orange and yoghurt mousse and smoked salmon
The slate has an actual imprint of grapes and a vine leaf
The bread roll shapes resemble the stony earth, they are made with sourdough and pinot noir, served with whipped goats cheese and butter
The delicate palate and minerality of the Reserve Chardonnay was emphasised by a salad of cooked pineapple and artichoke. dressed with honey, bee pollen, lemon verbena and topped with crisply fried wonton wrappers
Prawns with orange, coconut and saffron complimented the elegant oak and citrus finish of the Art of Chardonnay
The Reds: 3 Pinot Noirs
The fresh raspberry and strawberry notes in the Estate Pinot Noir were perfectly matched
The chilled soup was a blend of strawberry and raspberry and topped with fresh tarragon from the kitchen garden
The Reserve Pinot Noir had earthy notes and firm tanins. I also detected a hint of chocolate on the nose. he food match was a winner!
This dish wins the prize for the most beautiful! Medium grilled duck breast with beetroot and raspberry goats cheese mousse, raspberry and beetroot powder and a fresh violet
The Art of Pinot Noir had a gamey nose with rich red berry notes. The finish was elegant with perfect balance. Springbok loin with a dark cherry sauce and a grilled oyster mushroom married well!
A sweet finale!
Who could finish such a feast without a few sweet treats with coffee?