Caroline Rillema and Ray Kilian own a small 3.5 ha farm in Baardskeerdersbos, near Elim on the southern Cape coast. Whilst the viticulture is done by Caroline and Ray, the grapes are crushed and vinified by Dirk Human of Black Oystercatcher. Celestina means “ little celestial one “, and is a name which was chosen late at night, when the sky was pitch-black with the splendid stars in the milky way hanging low like jewels above the earth on which these vines are grown.
The blend is made up of 54% Sauvignon Blanc and 46% Semillon, harvested together as a field blend from a tiny 1.8 ha vineyard parcel. After overnight cooling, the bunches were destemmed and crushed. The juice was passed to a stainless steel tank for fermentation until it reached 10 deg balling, after which the must was transferred to old 300l & 500l barrels, to complete its fermentation to dryness. Here it evolved until December 2016, when it was bottled. Only 3,800 bottles were produced.
The Sauvignon brings deep, green fruit with a hint of lemon zest, whilst the Semillon adds depth and palate-weight. The oak plays no role other than aiding evolution into a well-integrated wine. Overall, it displays the typical Cape Agulhas characteristics of minerality, raciness and gentle acidity with a faint saltiness at the end.
Region: Cape Agulhas
Viticulturists: Caroline and Ray Kilian
Winemaker: Dirk Human
TA: 6.3 g/l
RS: 2.6 g/l
Serve with all fresh linefish, salty squid, chicken with a creamy sauce or fried pork chops.