-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Creation, Hemel and Aarde Valley


As one would expect of a Creation, there are lots of ideas. Some of which are stunning, some disappointing, some not worth repeating and when you thought you had it sussed, there is a surprise that leaves you with a smile.

The art, molten glass and abstract relief emerging from the rough brick walls is elemental to Creation, and in keeping with the multi course food and wine pairing. Even if, like bathroom mosaics, none of it resonated with me.

Disappointingly, and certainly not what one would expect from the creative process, there was no care taken to tease out preferences, and how the wide range of wines and food could best be adapted to cater to them. The formalistic approach did a disservice to the crafting of the wines and the skills of the chef.

The view, dominated by the Babylon’s Toring Mountain range is special, without being exceptional. The restaurant, functional with stunning glass ware in which to enjoy the numerous wines, and the gardens a science in indigenous planting.

The two bottles of Mount Babylon Pioneer Brut Reserve bubbles, made for own consumption, using 100% Shiraz, were an unexpected find. Creation, evolving into promise. As was the farewell greeting from the gardener, who should have received the tip.

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.

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