Established in 2000 in the Nukuhou North Valley, 30km south of Whakatane in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, this boutique winery is driven by a passion for making fruit wines.
Enjoy the wine early for it's finest character.
Produced and bottled at Celestial Winery, 44 Bells Rd, Nukuhou North Bay of Plenty 3196, New Zealand
Celestial wines are so yummy. They seem keen to use just about any fruit going, which is the sort of adventure I like to take. The boysenberry wine produced by these guys is delicious. I'm not a big fan of boysenberry really, but I appreciate it when the flavour of a fruit is captured so well.
When you first taste this pretty red wine, you instantly taste boysenberry, with a second familiar flavour of warming wine. That berry flavour is sweet, with a little tart-ness as well. Overall a really nice wine. I enjoy sharing this with friends as something a bit different. Not an everyday tipple, but a great treat.
Keeping in mind that I am not a great fan of berries in general, it was surprising how nice this wine was.
Smooth, rich flavour... a full bouquet to please the nose, and a warm, fruity acid aftertaste to leave the mouth tangy and crisp.
Not really one of my personal -hit pick- wines because of my anti-berry leanings, but for those who appreciate a nice berry wine, or want to try something a little different than just grape-based varieties, this could be a real winner for you.
Overall, a very pleasant wine in the right setting. Would probably go well with game meats such as venison or a well-cooked mutton.
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