An unoaked beauty with impeccable curves

Creation is a flamboyant temptress that just about keeps both feet on the floor, says Matthew Jukes.


2016 Creation, Viognier, Walker Bay, South Africa (£16.99, Handford Wines, 020-7589 6113. Order 12 bottles and mention MoneyWeek for a 10% discount).

Regular readers will be familiarwith my attitude to viognier. We made a pact together back in April 2016 only to drink this grape if I had given it my seal of approval. If you have broken this pledge, then you deserve the inevitable disappointment to which your palate will have been subjected. Anyway, here we are, and this week I have a very rare example of a stellar viognier for you.

Subscribe to MoneyWeek

Become a smarter, better informed investor with MoneyWeek.

This unoaked beauty hails from the cool climes of Walker Bay, overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean, and is a stunner, with impeccable curves in all of the right places and not an ounce of unwanted flesh on the palate nor the merest pheromone out of place on the nose. It tips itself into lasciviousness beautifully and then corsets its frame a moment later. This is nail-biting stuff.

And just to prove that this wine is not a fluke, 2016 Creation Reserve Chardonnay is another insanely debauched wine. It spends ten months in 40% new and 60% second-fill French oak barrels and it is a flamboyant temptress that just about keeps both feet on the floor. Creation's co-owner Carolyn Martin occasionally ships parcels of her top wines over to the UK, so if you send her a message on, you might be lucky enough to taste this wine, too.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (




The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019

Wine of the week: an extraordinary Champagne going cheap

This is a stellar Champagne made from perfect ingredients.
27 Mar 2020

Wine of the week: the most memorable gig in the wine world

Every so often a bottle of white Rhône sneaks up on my palate and completely blows me away.
20 Mar 2020

Wine of the week: a truly sublime Gavi

This Gavi producer makes some of the most sensual and rewarding styles of white wine in Italy.
13 Mar 2020

Most Popular


What does the coronavirus crisis mean for UK house prices?

With the whole country in lockdown, the UK property market is closed for business. John Stepek looks at what that means for UK house prices, housebuil…
27 Mar 2020
UK Economy

The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch

The chancellor’s £6.5bn bailout of the self employed is welcome. But it has hidden benefits for the taxman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2020
UK Economy

Debt jubilee: will our debts be written off?

The idea of a "debt jubilee" – general society-wide cancellation of debt – goes back to Biblical times. Could it happen again? And would it really do …
28 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: what it means for your mortgage or your rent

Ruth Jackson-Kirby looks at all the key questions for owners, renters and landlords affected by the coronavirus crisis.
29 Mar 2020