A visit to the Creation Tasting Room in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge always entails a few surprises, be it a new wine, a new seasonal menu or new artworks in the delightful fynbos garden. Never one to rest on her laurels, Creation’s Carolyn Martin remains at the forefront of innovation, constantly shaping the multi award-winning Creation brand with passion, skill and dedication.

This summer visitors will be tempted by two new innovations – the launch of their first Creation gins and a new summer pairing menu named ‘Love Letter to Summer’. “The possibilities of what to drink with what you eat are fascinating. And so are the choices of an uplifting drink after one’s meal. Although gin is often enjoyed as an aperitif we also love drinking it as a refreshing pick-me-up after the meal – especially on a warm summer’s night,” says Carolyn.

The two gins – Creation Chardonnay Gin and Creation Pinot Noir Gin – are beautifully crafted in collaboration with Triple Three Distillery. Only the purest gin, small batch-distilled with extracts of the finest quality Italian juniper and local botanicals, is matured in second-fill Chardonnay or Pinot Noir barrels. The result is nothing less than what you would expect when a master distiller and a multiple award-winning winemaker merge their considerable skills – pure magic.

For their new summer menu, designed to showcase their wines along with all their local suppliers’ products, Carolyn and the Creation team decided to move away from the traditional festive season menu and rather create a lovely, light, six-course taste adventure that is indeed a ‘Love Letter to Summer’. Artfully paired with award-winning Creation wines, each of these dishes serves to highlight the food-friendly, versatile nature of a specific cultivar or blend – bringing pleasure to the palate and joy to the table.

“We want our guests to sample and enjoy all that is good in the Overberg and Overstrand region,” says Carolyn, adding that Creation’s unique food and wine pairing experiences have a positive impact on our local economy and our local community.

So what can you expect? Well, to titillate the taste buds there is a welcoming glass of Creation Sauvignon Blanc. This is followed by the scrumptious Old Harbour beer bread with accompaniments of Creation Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, parsley butter, goat’s milk cheese and celery salt, paired with the Creation Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon.

Next on the menu is Langekloof Trout Nigiri, which was inspired by an internship of one of Creation’s chefs, Charl van Wyk, in Haarlem, Netherlands at a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, Maita. Served with avocado, soy mayonnaise, coriander and lime, the finesse of this dish is matched by the finesse of the Creation Estate Chardonnay.

For the main course the team has chosen marinated springbok loin with a beautiful mix of berries, served with goat’s milk cheese and beetroot. The gorgeous flavours are celebrated with the Creation Reserve Pinot Noir, the ultimate summer red. This is followed by a sun-dried tomato Bratzeli, a thin Swiss cookie imprinted with traditional patterns, which is served with the Creation Syrah Grenache. The dessert of raspberry, sorrel, meringue, rosewater and cardamom is the epitome of summer and perfect to elevate the crispness of the cool-climate Creation Grenache Noir, Viognier Rosé.

The award-winning Creation Reserve Chardonnay completes the experience, delightfully paired with local artisanal cheese, honeycomb, and apricot and coconut gel. And then, of course, there is always the gin to round off your visit, or alternatively a coffee with melt-in-the-mouth sweet treats.

Add to the lovingly constructed menu the warm welcome and scenic beauty awaiting you at Creation and a trip to this Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine estate near Hermanus really becomes a must on everyone’s itinerary this season. The Creation Tasting Room offers no less than seven pairing options – from the Love Letter to Summer to their Paradoxical Wine & Chocolate Pairing and the exciting 10am Brunch Pairing. “We look forward to sharing the love of wine and food pairing with you this summer and as the festive season is almost upon us, we hope to lift your soul and create a sense of wellbeing,” concludes Carolyn.

Booking is essential as the Tasting Room is very busy during the festive season. Contact 028 212 1107 or info@creationwines.com

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