Let the tasting begin!
South African wines are some of the best in the world and on my recent trip to South Africa I made sure to try more than a few. Taking a scenic drive, two and a half hours from Cape Town to my next hotel the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, I took a detour to Creation Wines atÂ Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in the Walker Bay area.
The fog begins to lift exposing the vineyard, surrounding land and terroir.
The minute I got there, saw the gorgeous property in the fog, and read the menu and wine list I wished that I wasn’t driving my rental car. Or that I at least had someone else to drive me so I could of indulged in the wines a bit more than just tasting them.
Not knowing where to start my server suggested I try the wine pairing canapÃ©s to get a taste for the wine and foods and then choose an entrÃ©e from there.
A tasty canapÃ©s tasting board.
I was served the canapÃ©s on a board, and as I completed tasting each wine and it’s paired canapÃ©s they would bring out the next wine in a constant rotation. This was nice as not only was the wine served at the right temperatures but it also gave me a break in between tastes and allowed me to drink some water as well.
First up was a pineapple and basil gazpacho served with scallops (a small taste of scallops are on that spoon behind the gazpacho) which was paired with a Sauvignon Blanc. Next were sweet corn, ginger and apricot spring rolls served with a taste of Viognier (a white wine not often found in South Africa).
The next canapÃ©s might of been my favourite, at the very least it was one of the prettiest. Avocado, prawn and citrus phyllo pastry, with vanilla mayonnaise paired with a Chardonnay.
The cauliflower and gorgonzola soup with sour dough herbed croÃ»tes and a taste of merlot.
After this there were five more tasty delights: Beetroot, goat’s-milk cheese panna cotta and lentil salsa with a Pinot Noir. Cauliflower and gorgonzola soup with sour dough herbed croÃ»tes and a Merlot. Rare roast springbok, spring greens and valley mushrooms with a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot blend. Asian five spice pulled pork wonton with prune and Darjeeling pureÃ© served with a Syrah. Lastly there was the Buchu scented duck confit with Malay aioli served with a Syrah and Grenache blend.
After all of these delightful tastes and drinking a jug of water I was surprisingly still a bit hungry and was intrigued by the gazpacho and scallops so I ordered them as my main. I had imagined a bowl of gazpacho with a couple scallops but instead was served another shot of gazpacho and many tasty fresh scallops. Who can complain? Although I totally could of had 30 more shots of that gazpacho it was so great.
To finish it all off as if that wasn’t enough I was talked into the creme brulee.Â Honey and Rosemary Scented CrÃ¨me BrÃ»lÃ©e and a splash of chardonnay.
Sorry I don’t have more photos, but it ended up being one of those experiences where you are so excited to eat that you forget to take a picture until its too late. That isn’t such a bad thing though is it?
If you are staying in Cape Town, visit Creation Wines and make a day trip out of it or stay somewhere nearby. Try to make a reservation in advance and ask for a seat by the windows overlooking the vineyard. They are kid friendly with a play room and a small kids menu. Also if you have the time be sure to arrange a walk through the vineyard as well. You won’t regret it.
Special thanks to Creation Wines for having me. As always all opinions and views expressed are my own.