2020 Creation Estate Syrah Grenache

15.95 13.18
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Walker Bay
Appellation Hemel en Aarde Vallei
Winery Creation Estate
Year 2020
Grape Grenache Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2026
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They call their own place a paradise and we understand that. Creation's vineyards are located on a plateau in the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay wine district. After the harvest, the grapes are destemmed and crushed. Then the traditional fermentation takes place on the skin, followed by a malolactic conversion in oak barrels. The wine undergoes a fourteen-month aging in wood, of which 25% in new barrels and the rest in second and third year oak. A light filtering takes place before the wine is bottled to preserve as many aromas and flavors as possible. The result is a solid blend with lots of dark fruit and that typical Syrah pepper in the aftertaste. The wine is ready to drink now, but can be kept for at least another five to seven years

A good Rhone wine ?? This is the first thing you will think about this Creation Syrah & Grenache. The relatively cool climate and use of the Syrah and Grenache grapes make this not a typical New World wine at all, but it also has the elegance that we see with a good Rhone. The wine has a beautiful purple-red color. With intense aromas of ripe plums, black pepper and tapenade in the nose. In the mouth, the dark fruit comes to the fore with supple tannins and surprisingly fresh acidity.

Harvest year 2017 - 8 (Press wine)
Harvest year 2017 - 8.5 (DGH)

About Creation Estate

When Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin took on the challenge of starting a winery in a remote corner of the Walker Bay Wine Region in 2002, it was quite exciting. Vines had never been planted here before, but JC and Carolyn - both descendants of well-known wine families - were determined and convinced of the potential of the area. Together they founded Creation Estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Five years later, in 2007, the first harvest took place and they equipped the cellar with the best equipment from Germany, France and Switzerland. Since then they have been hard at work. Not only with their quality wines, the tasting room has also made a name for itself.

Today, Creation Estate has 50 hectares of vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. JC and Carolyn's winemaking philosophy is based on “enhancing the beauty of nature”. It is primarily about the quality of the grapes, not about the tricks that can be performed in the cellar. “Wine making is a delicate art that must be restrained in order to capture the nuances of its provenance,” said JC Martin. The terroir is important at Creation Estate. Not surprising, because the combination of higher vineyards and the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean creates a unique microclimate in Walker Bay. In addition, JC Martin works with wild yeast cells instead of commercially developed yeast cells, read more about this on our news page.

In 2019, the municipality of Overstrand Hermanus in South Africa was awarded the status 'Creative City status for Gastronomy' by UNESCO! This is one of only 10 cities worldwide and the first on the African continent to receive this award. For the Creation winery, and other many individuals and boutique producers in the area, this is a tribute to their contribution to achieving sustainable development goals.

About Heaven-and-Earth Valley

Creation Estate is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, a sub-area within the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is about twenty kilometers from Hermanus, the coastal town on Walker Bay that is also known as the 'whale capital' of South Africa. The Atlantic Ocean not only ensures that the whales enjoy floating around here, it also provides an ideal climate for viticulture. It is warm, but it rarely exceeds thirty degrees during the growing season. This is due to the fresh sea breeze and the fact that Creation Estate's vineyards are slightly higher than most vineyards in the area. The grapes get the chance to ripen optimally, but retain their fresh acidity thanks to the cool nights. The soil also plays an important role in this. The vineyards have a clay-derived slate soil called Bokkeveld. It prevents water stress and makes the vines less vigorous, which in turn contributes to the slow ripening of the grapes (due to the slow release of groundwater).

In short, Creation Estate has a unique terroir in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. They know how to translate this into full, but at the same time elegant wines with ripe fruit aromas, fresh acids and a beautiful minerality.

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More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Walker Bay
Appellation Hemel en Aarde Vallei
Winery Creation Estate
Grape Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard
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