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Célestiale is Clos du Soleil's Bordeaux-style blend that is soft and full of fruit with an elegant and classic structure.
Nose: The taster is greeted with bright, fresh aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry, with further notes of cranberry and spice.
Mouth: On the palate the wine is remarkably rich and layered, with flavours of black cherries, ripe reapberries, plums and savoury grilled notes.
Recommended food pairings: The wine is elegant and perfectly balanced, and with its fresh acidity and fine lively tannins this is a perfect food wine. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, this wine is delightful to drink now but will also continue to develop with age in the coming years.
Awards & Ratings
- 2012 Vintage, "Best Red Blend" Northern Lands Competition, 2015
- 2011 Vintage, Winescores.ca - 91 Points, 2013
- 2011 Vintage, John Schreiner - 90 Points, 2013
- 2011 Vintage, National Wine Awards of Canada - Silver Medal, 2013
This was a featured wine from November's wine club.
Name: 2013 Celestiale
Winery: Clos du Soleil
Geographical Indication: British Columbia
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Merlot (39%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Petit Verdot (3%), Malbec (2%)
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 1,075
Appearance: Opaque with dark purple centre and brick red towards rim.
Nose: Earthy forest floor notes with dark berry fruit, fresh carved roast beef, toasted vanilla bean.
Palate: Medium weight with bright acidity and medium tannins. Black cherry, plum, currants, blackberry, roasted red bell pepper and a spark of heat on the finish.
Quality: A very good food wine that’s quite ripe and juicy. The tannins are fairly apparent, perfect for tucking into hearty fare. Drink now or lay down for two to three years.
Food pairings: Grilled steak with peppercorn sauce, pan-seared duck breast, hamburgers, lamb shank, beef stroganoff, sharp Cheddar.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
A mighty quaffable red blend that seemingly has two personalities. The first, an enjoyably delicious, easy drinking big and bold red that doesn’t require much thought or analysis. The second, a multi-layered ode to the fine red wines of Bordeaux, where a closer look will have drinkers noting that each grape variety lends extra nuance. The currants of the Cabernet Sauvignon, the round berry fruit from the Merlot, Cabernet Franc’s zesty bell pepper flavours, Petit Verdot’s black fruit and depth, and then the plushy Malbec notes, making it rather irresistible. Do serve the wine with a hint of a chill; it’ll make the wine that much brighter.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight