While earlier vintages of Creation’s Pinot Noirs were more modern and powerful, JC Martin’s new-release 2017s have ‘better definition and focus’ says Neal Martin. The purity of fruit and fine aromatics are what makes…

While earlier vintages of Creation’s Pinot Noirs were more modern and powerful, JC Martin’s new-release 2017s have ‘better definition and focus’ says Neal Martin. The purity of fruit and fine aromatics are what makes these 2017s most striking. In fact, we will go as far as saying that these two Pinots are two of SA’s finest and most exciting.

As Creation’s 60,000 annual visitors will attest, this spectacular winery at the end of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge has something special. With vineyards at 300m above sea level and a long, cool growing season, their unique terroir is envied by winemakers around the world.

The 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir is the result of very strict vineyard selection and bursts with sumptuous fruit and a mineral core. The 2017 Art of Creation Pinot Noir arises from a small ‘gem-of-a-pocket’ within a single vineyard block. With 30% whole-bunch fermentation, it offers deeper texture and mind-blowing complexity.

The 2015 Reserve won last year’s Winemag Pinot Noir Report, while the 2015 Art of Pinot Noir won this year. The more muscular 2016 Art of Pinot Noir was given a Platter’s 5-Star.

2017 will be etched in history as a truly great Cape vintage and it has been exceptional for the Creation Pinot Noirs.

Tasting notes:

Creation Wines, Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
One of a line-up of excellent Pinot Noirs from Creation in 2017, this is still in its infancy and is well worth tucking away for a year or two. Aromatic spices, subtle wood and some underlying tannin and grip are freshened by natural acidity. Drink: 2020-2025. – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100

Creation Wines, Art of Creation Pinot Noir 2017
Just bottled when I tasted it, so it may get even better over the next few months, this firm, structured, but very pure Pinot Noir is built for the long haul. Subtle aromatic spices, scented oak and a core of bramble and raspberry fruit. Drink: 2020-2028. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100

The 2017 Art of Pinot Noir is the first vintage to make use of a cooling container to cool down the fruit pre-ferment. It is then aged for 12 months in 60% new and 40% second-fill barrels. This has more red fruit on the nose than the 2016, and probably better definition and focus too. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin, crisp and taut with a lovely spiciness/hints of fennel coming through with aeration. There is certainly great tension here and I find this superior to the previous vintage. Excellent. – Neal Martin, 93/100

 

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