Creation - Successful Symbiosis of Old and New World
‘Emphasize the beauty of nature’ is the motto from Jean-Claude Martin who is not only the owner of the estate but, being a winemaker, also works in the state-of-the-art wine cellar of Creation himself whilst interfering as little as possible into the natural maturation process of the wine. At only 14 years old, Jean-Claude knew he wanted to become a winemaker. He grew up on the family winery in Switzerland, studied wine cultivation and created his first very own wine in 1996 in a small village in a converted garage. The outcome was so impressive that as a result, he became the manager of the Grillette estate in Neuchâtel. His wife Carolyn was born in Swartland; her family is also a traditional winemaking family. Her father Walter Finlayson is considered to be one of the wine pioneers at the Cape. It is not only the family aspect where Carolyn and Jean-Claude combine the Old and the New World – their wine creations do the same with their freshness, elegance and intense fruit notes. Jean-Claude and Carolyn also have the pioneering spirit in them: within only a few years (the first harvest took place in 2006), they built up an innovative winery from nothing, making Creation the first winery to cultivate Grenache in the Hemel en Aarde Valley and bottling a single-variety Viognier.
Outstanding Wines and Excellent Food Pairings at Creation
The unique terroir is mirrored in the Art of Creation collection as well as in the Creation Reserve range and the Creation range and makes for balanced, elegant and sophisticated wines. Both wines of the Art of Creation range are only available in a limited amount and they originate – as some other wines from Creation – from a single vineyard. The red wines are all developed in barriques and are ready to be enjoyed at an early stage. There is one thing all collections and wines from Creation have in common: they are excellent, harmonious and inherently consistent compositions.
Another culinary highlight and central focus of the winery is the Wine and Food Pairing. Creation was even awarded with the Klink Wine Tourism Award for the best Food and Wine Pairings. Fairly famous is the Tapas Pairing with seven artfully prepared delicacies that promises a feast for the senses just as the Wine & Chocolate Pairing or the Kiss and Tell Pairing during which three Pinot Noirs and three Chardonnays are tasted with six perfectly attuned dishes. Very exciting is the Three Course Pairing Menu as every week, the chefs in the kitchen let their creativity run wild and surprise you with unexpected combinations of dishes and wines. If you don’t want to miss out on these treats, you should be quick and book beforehand – the Wine and Food Pairings at Creation are usually fully booked long before.