A relative newcomer to the South African wine scene, Creation Wines was founded in 2002 by Swiss winemaker Jean-Claude Martin. The estate lies 350m above sea-level in the Hemel-en-Aarde region around Walker Bay and it is this altitude that is crucial to the success of their critically-acclaimed Syrah (the 2009 was given a score of 93 by Neal Martin in the Wine Advocate), allowing it to reach ripeness without losing freshness. Dark blueberry and black cherry fruit is evident on the nose here, with hints of a Northern-Rhône black pepper character. The palate is voluptuously ripe, with fine tannins enswathing rich dark fruit, yet this finishes on a refreshingly crisp note.
"The 2010 Syrah has a very attractive floral bouquet with hints of black truffle and dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe fleshy tannins, layers of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry, orange zest and honey. It has great density and length, yet retains elegance and purity. This is very well crafted. 92 points" - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #204