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Creation Tasting Room

Creation Tasting Room
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Bakery fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
It’s with good reason that Creation keeps picking up awards for its innovative food and wine offering, and you’ll be spoilt for choice on a menu that offers a myriad of ways to discover the estate’s contemporary winelands cuisine.

The standout is the ‘The Story of Creation’, a seven-course degustation where each ‘chapter’ is paired with an estate wine. The pickled hake and papadum is a lively match for the aromatic Viognier; the hearty lamb shank pairing wonderfully against a Syrah-Grenache blend. If you haven’t time for seven courses, there are three-course options, charcuterie platters, chocolate pairings (ideal for dessert) and, lastly, an à la carte blackboard dishes up the likes of squid-ink calamari risotto, or silky pasta tossed with salmon, asparagus and pine nuts. Provenance is highlighted here too, with a list of their local, ethical suppliers.

Happily, younger diners are well taken care of, with a small menu of kids’ fare alongside a five-course ‘pairing’ menu.

Drinks
Creation’s award-winning wines are available at cellar door prices and served in superb stemware. All are available by the glass too.

Service
Slick yet personable service from waiters who know the wines backwards and are adept at explaining the pairing with each dish.

Ambience
A charming country bustle in this light-filled space, where picture windows offer stellar views of the surrounding vineyards. Décor is both upmarket yet relaxed, with tables of upcycled wine boxes adorned by bouquets of fynbos and seed pods. In summer, phone ahead for a terrace table.

And…
Take time to discover the wonderful sculpture and artworks scattered through the fynbos gardens.

(October 2017)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food
    Food-and-wine tastings are showcased at this leading winery in Walker Bay, which has won national wine tourism awards for its originality and innovation. Visitors are offered a choice of cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, tapas, non-alcoholic, tea and breakfast-themed wine-pairing menus. 

Locavore chef Warwick Taylor creates his sophisticated tapas menus from artisanal and seasonal ingredients grown by local farmers of mushrooms, olives and apples, as well as charcuterie, cheese and chocolate, and freshly baked goods.

    Chef also conjures up a weekly three-course pairing menu, which showcases fresh seasonal salads, soups, farm poultry and meat. Every tapas sampler is exquisitely presented in designer tableware on barrel staves, making for a feast for the eye and palate. The aroma, taste and texture of wines are enhanced by meticulously layered pairings such as duck breast, goat’s-milk cheese and raspberry with pinot noir, or spicy pork dumplings in an umami broth with syrah. The accent is on subtlety and delicacy with skillful use of garnish to lift taste and texture. A new bubbly, oyster and gravlax bar on the deck is the latest gourmet offering.

    Drinks
    The wine list showcases recent vintages of the cellar’s award-winning cool-climate wines at cellar-door prices served in Riedel glasses.

    Service 

    Slick and professional, with a knowledgeable running commentary on the food and wine pairings.

    Ambience
    Sophisticated with a buzzy vibe. The glasshouse tasting room and terrace affords spectacular views of vineyards and mountains.

    And…
    A child-friendly venue, Creation offers young adults five pairings with surprise beverages, as well as an innovative tea-and-canapé pairing for teetotalers.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Amazing gourmet dinners, innovative wine parings, excellent wine and friendly, knowledgeable service. The view is beautiful, as well. Love it!
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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