(2018) Emma is the daughter of Creation's owners, Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin, and at 10 years old she was given a barrel of prime Pinot which, with some help from her dad, was her project to make as she learned the fundamentals of winemaking. Only 300 bottles were produced, as a real one-off and, I guess this bottle was a collectors item (up until I opened it, that is). But what a lovely Pinot: soft ruby in colour, with a beguling mix of floral and rose-hip lifted aromatics, creamy-rich black fruits and an undertow of coffee. There's a charming, forward fruitiness on the palate too, backed up with coffee and spice, unruffled tannins and good cherry-skin, tart acidity. Not available to purchase at time of writing, though Slurp is one stockist of the regular Creation Pinots, and use the wine-searcher link to see others.
(2015) Again from the Newton Johnson winery and a Wine of Origin Walker Bay, this has a natural cork and 14% alcohol, and the blend is not specified. On the nose it is intense and peppery, with a very deep pool of blue/black fruit suggesting the Rhône, or perhaps more towards Australian Shiraz. A delightful wine on the palate: this has a medium-bodied lightness in the mouth, the fresh and juicy fruit is copious, but it retains a fine edge of freshness and an alert character. Chocolate and cream, and a little toast fill out against smooth tannins in the finish of a very nice wine.
(2013) A blend of 51% Sangiovese, 13% Pinot Noir, 13% Shiraz, 13% Mourvèdre, 6% Nebbiolo and 4% Barbera. Again just a little oxidised feeling, a little baked perhaps, the fruit a little too solid for the Blend? There is a lot of sweet, rich, full and ripe character here on the palate, but I cannot escape those slightly oxidised notes once again.
(2013) Very attractive, gently truffly and damp undergrowth nose, a hint of chestnut and soft smokiness, but nice and soft red fruit beneath too. The palate has a little stripe of something liquoricy, with a nip of astringent quality that is freshening, the juicy endive edge adding to the cherry fruit.
(2013) Youthful, tight and focused aromas, big plum and more cherry skin black fruit, something a little like caraway seeds. The palate has a juiciness and plenty of rasping, fresh edged cherry fruit and tannin just adding a pleasing roughness. It is a big wine style, with plenty of alcohol, the oak underpinning with a bit of extra char. This finishes with a fairly big and grippy style.
(2013) 14.7% abv, with all of Creation's wines around the 14.5% mark. A nicely jammy and sweet fruit note on this - not overdone, but just suggests ripeness to come, along with a nuttiness from the Grenache and plenty of fruit to the fore. On the palate this has a silky texture, the extra confiture sweetness of the Grenache leavening the forthright, powerful Syrah style. Juicy acidity and freshness, very attractive, wearing the alcohol slightly better I think.
(2013) All Burgundian coopers, 33% new wood. Granite and clay soils, weathered to chalky texture. Careful hand sorting, both spontaneous an cultivated yeast, some in closed steel fermenters some in large oak, mostly whole berry. Pleasing colour and pleasing nose with some delicate coffee and earthiness, a dry cranberry fruit and delicate spices. On the palate this has medium body and it is in a lean, savoury and has a lemony freshness. Perhaps a touch more acidity or less fullness of fruit than I'd ideally want, but lovely citrus.
(2013) A heftier 14.7 abv here. The blend is 55% Shiraz, 45% Pinotage matured 18 months in 225 and 500-litre barrels, all French and 50% new, and whole berry fermented in large oak. Very nice spice and cedar, quite peppery and rich, an earthy tone too and plenty of ripe berries. The palate is flooded with creamy red and black fruit, juicy and has a lovely choc finish with very nice balance if a little lacking in plumpness.
(2013) Fine, rounded berry fruit, with gentle oak, truffle and light smokiness, the palate showing a nice fruit balanced by leafy and vegetal notes that are quite Burgundian, with a dry cranberry finish and really nice balance showing light spice, good acidity and a savoury finish.
(2013) The blend here is 60% Sangiovese,30% Nebbiolo, 10% Barbera. Ripe but also has a nice tang of tomato leaf giving a little welcome and bright edge to the fruit. Some creaminess, cherry and a bit of elegant cherry fruit with hints of tobacco and spice, nothing overtly oaky. The palate has a flood of sweet fruit: real juicy berries and fat red cherries, then a chocolaty infill from the oak is lovely, giving this a broad and full appeal, but the juice and freshness of the Italian grapes does freshen the finish nicely.