When in 2002 Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin took up the challenge of establishing a winery in a remote corner of the Walker Bay Wine Region, they did so with the courage of their conviction. The 40 hectares of undulating land on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge had never been planted to vines before, but recognising the vast potential, they set out with tenacity and determination to transform it into a model wine farm. No easy feat, but then the Swiss-born JC and South African-born Carolyn both come from wine pioneering families, spanning at least three generations and two continents!
Inspired by nature and meticulously crafted by cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin, Creation Reserve Chardonnay is the ultimate expression of its terroir and indeed an exquisite and multifaceted artwork in its own right. In line with his belief that quality wines are dependent on quality vines, Jean-Claude maintains a hands-on relationship with his vineyards, monitoring the development of the grapes and making decisions according to the performance of each vineyard block. His patience and dedication find their reward in the harvest which is done by hand according to the ‘triage’ method of hand selection in the vineyard. To acknowledge the role Mother Nature plays in their success, Creation is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and is committed to conserving their natural heritage by implementing long-term biodiversity as well as sustainability programmes.
Creation wines are meticulously cultivated in the vineyard, gently handled in the cellar and widely acclaimed for reflecting the distinctive terroir.
The wine undergoes a barrel fermentation at the controlled temperature of 18°C. This is accompanied by a fortnightly bâtonnage. The wine is then aged in barrel for 10 months – 40% new and 60% second fill. Their modern cellar features state-of-the-art equipment imported from Germany, Switzerland and France. Ranging from a pneumatic punch-down system to stainless steel tanks with built-in cooling and heating systems, they truly believe that Creation's vinification facilities are worthy of the superb grapes harvested on the farm.
Grown in a single vineyard, the Creation Reserve Chardonnay has a presence all its own – and what a presence! Vibrant aromas of fresh grapefruit and fragrant apple mingle with a hint of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon. These are echoed on the clean and pure palate where buttery nuances are beautifully balanced by the characteristic Creation minerality.
To see a presentation with phenomenal photographs about Creation Wines and their ethos, created by their team in South Africa, please click on the link below.
Creation Wines - creating wines of distinction