In 2002 Swiss-born Jean-Claude (JC) and South African-born Carolyn Martin (née Finlayson) took up the challenge of establishing a winery in a remote corner of the Walker Bay Wine Region. Their forty hectares of undulating land on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge had never been planted to vines before, but recognizing its potential, they set to transform it into a model wine farm.
Situated high up the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation’s vines climb the steep hills of Babylon Toren Mountain to an altitude of 350m above sea level. During the annual growth period, temperatures rarely exceed 30°C, while the cool night index throughout the year is 12°C lower than the day-time temperature. The Pinot vineyards are planted on south-easterly, easterly and north-easterly slopes in ancient clay-loam soils.
Emma Martin was only 11 years old when she wowed the wine world with her first Pinot Noir. Now, at the age of 20, she delights in bringing you the second remarkable vintage under her name. Specially selected clone 115 Pinot Noir grapes underwent wild-yeast fermentation and in line with Creation’s approach of minimal intervention, no fining or filtration took place. A mere 800 bottles were released, making each a collector’s piece.