Creation Wines hosted an intimate Harvest Celebration at their tasting venue on Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Friday evening, 12 April where guests had the opportunity of sharing in the secrets of what promises to be a vintage to remember.

Liza Botha of Nosy Rosy and restauranteurs Celia and Rayno Rabie were among the guests who celebrated the 2019 harvest with Creation cellarmaster JC Martin (second from left).

“The harvest is a happy but also hectic time,” said Creation’s Carolyn Martin. “Having commenced in January with the early picking of our Chardonnay for the Elation Méthode Cap Classique, the 2019 harvest is now in. Following the Chardonnay, our industrious harvest team moved on to pick the Pinot Noir and after that the Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. They recently brought in the Syrah, and the Merlot and Grenache were the last to be harvested.”

Bearing in mind that at Creation all the grapes are harvested by hand, one can only imagine the hard work put in by the harvest team. “It is no secret that handpicking is a painstaking and often backbreaking activity, but it is more than worth the trouble,” said Carolyn.

The pickers know exactly what to look for in a bunch, ensuring that no overripe or damaged grapes or leaves land in the crates. This precludes the need for sorting tables and additional handling. Another good reason for hand-harvesting is the fact that grape skins are easily bruised. Clearing away the vine leaves, the picker handles each bunch with care, dropping it gently into the crate. The harvest team moves into the vineyards before dawn, while the cool night air still envelopes the perfectly ripe fruit and since the cellar is situated only minutes away from the vineyards, the grapes are delivered in prime condition.

But picking is, of course, only a part of the harvest story. “For the past weeks our cellar has been a hive of activity. Yet, thanks to careful planning, terrific teamwork and the extra help of our interns everything ran smoothly and the 2019 vintage looks promising to say the least,” said Carolyn with her trademark enthusiasm. She expressed her thanks to the vineyard and cellar teams, thanking each one for the hard work, dedication and admirable teamwork.

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