Region: Baardskeerdersbos, Agulhas
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Caroline and Ray Kilian own a small 3.5 ha farm in Baardskeerdersbos, near Elim on the southern Cape coast. The vineyard was planted in 2004. 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”, referring to the splendid stars in the milky way which hang like jewels above the earth on which these vines are grown. Breezes from the sea, only fifteen kilometers away, cool the vineyard down at night, enabling the vines to draw energy again for the day ahead.
Overall, it displays the distinctive Cape Agulhas characteristics of lean raciness with great purity and energy. The Sauvignon Blanc is chiselled and grassy with hints of fig and lime zest. The Semillon adds a dimension of yellow fruits, palate weight and softens the edges. For those who like that cold climate clarity but love a Sauvignon slightly richer, this is the wine for them. It will mature beautifully in bottle until 2020+
Light enough to be enjoyed on its own, yet complex enough to accompany a range of foods. Try it with a classic ceasar salad with sunset.