I suppose if your name is synonymous with the finest wines and if you are known to have the unerring taste to sell only the best international and local wines to a discerning client base, in the end you want to make –or have made—your own wine. In addition if you happen to own a piece of land on which perfect grapes can be grown, the urge to do this becomes irresistible. The result in the case of Caroline Rillema is Celestina, a knockout white blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, not too much of anything, everything in perfect harmony as the name suggests.
Caroline and her husband Ray Kilian own a 3.5 hectare piece of land at Baardskeerdersbos near Elim, just perfect for these white grapes. The 3.5 tons of grapes are taken to Black Oystercatcher, in Elim, where the wine was made. After crushing, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then matured in old 300- and 500l barrels for ten months. The aim is to let the wine evolve slowly in barrel, without acquiring any oak flavour.
The Platter 4 star wine is fruity and vibrant, with excellent acid balance. It displays the typical Cape Agulhas mineral characteristic, coupled with raciness and a subtle hint of saltiness. The 50% Sauvignon Blanc shines in the blend, whilst the 50% Semillon adds subtle palate-weight. Fabulous served with any fresh fish dish, chicken with a creamy sauce and heaven pork dishes.
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. How romantic! Wonder who named it?
Available at Caroline’s at R191