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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 aromas of cedar and raspberry compote, with notes of pomegranate and cranberry.
Mouth: On the palate the wine is soft and layered, with ripe fruit flavours of raspberry, plum and blueberry. The soft tannins and long finish, complemented with notes of cocoa and roast meats, make this an approachable and food-friendly wine.
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
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