2022 Creation Estate Pinot Noir Whale Pod

10.85 8.97
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Walker Bay
Appellation Hemel en Aarde Vallei
Winery Creation Estate
Year 2022
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2025
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With a bit of luck you can spot whales from the vineyard, which is why the wines bear the name Whale Pod. The location on the coast ensures that the grapes retain their freshness. At night it is a lot colder, which ensures an even ripening. The grapes are picked at the end of February and, after fermentation, mature for 10 to 12 months in third-year oak barrels. In the glass, the Creation Pinot Noir is light ruby red as a Pinot should be. This smooth fruity pinot noir has notes of violets, raspberries and a spiciness in the nose. In the mouth the wine is smooth, fresh and fruity with soft tannins and lots of red fruit in the taste. This wine tastes slightly chilled, around 15 degrees, so this Pinot Noir is an ideal red spring or summer wine.

Harvest year 2017 - 8 (Perswine)
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 working hard. 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. “Winemaking is a delicate art that must be restrained in order to capture the nuances of 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 ones, read more about this on our news page.

In 2019, the municipality of Overstrand Hermanus in South Africa was awarded the '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 winery Creation, and other many individuals and boutique producers from the area, this is a tribute to the contribution they make to achieving sustainable development goals.

Over Hemel-en-Aarde 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 float around here with pleasure, it also brings with it an ideal climate for viticulture. It is warm, but it rarely gets warmer than thirty degrees in the growing season. This is due to the fresh sea breeze and the fact that the vineyards of Creation Estate 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.

Vineyard for 2022 Creation Estate Pinot Noir Whale Pod
More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Walker Bay
Appellation Hemel en Aarde Vallei
Winery Creation Estate
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2025
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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