CRE­ATION ON A PLATE

In Flight Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE - { TEXT: KAYLA CLOETE | IM­AGES © CRE­ATION WINES }

The charm­ing story of Cre­ation Wines dates back to 2002 when Swiss-trained wine­maker Jean-Claude Martin and his wife, Carolyn, bought a tract of land in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Her­manus and set out to es­tab­lish a win­ery. Among the many chal­lenges they faced was the fact that the land had never been planted with vines be­fore. There were also no ba­sic ameni­ties such as run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity. How­ever, thanks to sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work and a gen­er­ous dash of in­no­va­tion, a suc­cess story has un­folded which is now re­flected in a unique wine and small plate Food Pair­ing menu.

Aptly named “The Story of Cre­ation”, the menu cel­e­brates the pi­o­neer­ing spirit pre­vail­ing on the es­tate. It fea­tures seven dif­fer­ent cour­ses or chap­ters, art­fully paired with eight award­win­ning Cre­ation wines. Each wine en­hances a spe­cific dish, and thus the Cre­ation nar­ra­tive un­folds with each de­lec­ta­ble chap­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to wine pair­ing guru Carolyn Martin, The Story of Cre­ation con­veys the art and sci­ence of flavour pro­fil­ing in a novel, in­ter­ac­tive way. A shin­ing ex­am­ple is the el­e­gantly spicy Cre­ation Re­serve Pinot Noir matched with a dish of goat’s milk cheese, beetroot, rasp­berry, pome­gran­ate, radish, pis­ta­chio, Pinot Noir salt, smoked duck breast and jus – pure magic to the palate!

Since 2002, Cre­ation has re­ceived many a pres­ti­gious accolade, in­clud­ing the Wine Tourism South Africa Klink Award for Great Pair­ings, which it has won for the fourth time this year.The es­tate has fur­ther­more been recog­nised for its trend­set­ting ethos by win­ning the Great Wine Cap­i­tals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Award in the cat­e­gory “In­no­va­tive Wine Tourism Ex­pe­ri­ences” for the third time.

Among the team’s lat­est in­no­va­tions has been the in­tro­duc­tion of an ex­cit­ing new Brunch Pair­ing Menu, com­pris­ing five award­win­ning Cre­ation wines, each matched with a scrump­tious dish. Another new­comer to their reper toire is the rather in­trigu­ing Kiss & Tell Pair­ing, fea­tur­ing the es­tate’s flag­ship cul­ti­vars, Chardon­nay and Pinot Noir.

In fact, since its ini­tial Wine and Cheese Plat­ter Pair­ing, Cre­ation has be­come a pioneer in the field of pair­ing and now boast a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove of culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences.Vis­i­tors can also opt for the Chefs’Three-Course Pair­ing, the Ar­ti­sanal Cheese or Char­cu­terie Pair­ing, the Para­dox­i­cal Choco­late Pair­ing, the Non­al­co­holic Tea Pair­ing or the Sur­prise Pair­ing for Kids.

“At Cre­ation we like to think of our tast­ing room not only as a place where we can pam­per our guests, but also as a space where we can in­ter­act and learn from each other. Our new The Story of Cre­ation opens the way to amaz­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties,” Carolyn says.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to make a reser­va­tion, please visit www.cre­ation­wines.com.

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