CREATION, in the heart of the Hemel en Aarde valley near Hermanus, is the home of exquisite wines and exceptional food pairings presented with a breathtaking view.
The story behind the farm is equally delightful, with a partnership and marriage just as significant as that of the wine and food. Swiss-born Jean-Claude (JC) and South African-born Carolyn Martin (née Finlayson) both come from wine pioneering stock spanning at least three generations and two continents, proved themselves worthy of taking up the challenge in 2002 of transforming the 40 hectares of land which had never been planted with vineyards before. The range today includes fine reds and whites under three labels, an easy-drinking and affordable entry level range, and an MCC.
In the tasting room, guests can enjoy a variety of pairings from the expected – such as cheese, chocolate or charcuterie – to the more unusual…vegan, brunch, small plates, gelato. In the case of the small plates, a chalkboard menu offers the wines followed by their dishes. For example, sauvignon blanc Semillon with pan seared kingklip, verbena polenta, peas, lettuce, apple and passion fruit emulsion. The Syrah Grenache is matched with pork and lamb’s liver sausage with spicy hummus, tomato and red onion chutney and pork crackling.
There is a non-alcoholic pairing of tea and canapes, and another for young adults pairing five foods with surprise drinks, while the Kiss And Tell pairing celebrates the love affair between pinot noir and chardonnay.
The Story Of Creation comprises five courses with eight wines, beginning with a sensorial tasting of the Creation Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and the Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016. The dishes are seasonal, and in some cases even reflect the phase of the moon. A lucky Eat Play Drink Cape Town subscriber will win this pairing for for four, and a cellar tour – a prize valued at R2500. Just fill in your details to get email notifications of new stories, and you’ll be in the draw at the end of June, 2018.
A visit to Creation is always an incredible experience to be savoured, from the glass to the plate, to the vista of vineyards spread out before you.