Possibly the world’s youngest ever winemaker has released her first vintage.
This time it’s the launch of an exciting Pinot Noir (2012)
which Emma Martin – all of 11 years old – created under the loving eye
and expert guidance of her father, Jean-Claude (JC) Martin. JC of course
needs no introduction to the lovers of fine South African wines. Since
establishing Creation Wines with his wife Carolyn in 2002, the winery
has won accolade upon accolade for its elegant, terroir-reflective
The launch of Emma’s remarkable Pinot Noir coincides with her 11th
birthday on 16 July and with its release Emma ‘officially’ becomes the
fourth-generation winemaker on her Swiss father’s side and the
third-generation on her South African mother’s side. Small wonder the
wine reflects the best of both Old and New Worlds!
The single-barrel limited release Pinot features 15% whole-bunch
fermented grapes and a mere 300 bottles are available, making each a
collector’s piece. The wine rewards with a delightful bouquet of
berries, hints of spice and whiffs of dried apricot. It is smooth yet
complex on the palate where layers of dried fruit mingle with hints of
raspberry and piquant spice.
What more can one say? Happy birthday Emma and many more wonderful vintages!