Winery: ‘Force Celeste’ wines are the result of a collaboration between winemaker Johan Meyer and UK importer Ben Henshaw. Beginning in 2012 with ‘Mother Rock’ focusing on heritage vines of the region, ‘Force Celeste’ is the “more accessible tier” of wines out of Platteklip Farm on Piketberg Mountain in northern Swartland. ‘Force Celeste’ means “heavenly sky”, which refers to the inspiration Johan Meyer finds from the “greater force out there” that provides unique vintages year after year.
Winemaking: Organic viticulture with minimal intervention. Vines are from a single vineyard in Malmesbury with granite soils. Grapes are fermented together with whole cluster skin contact. Bottled before fermentation is complete, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Light orange-coral in colour, with aromas of orange, mango, ginger, fresh herbs. Orange, candied ginger, green apple, citrus blossom and fresh, light acidity are buoyed by consistent, gentle fizz. Orange, lemon, herbs linger on the iron/smoky mineral finish. Invigorating and engaging.
71% Pinotage, 29% Colombard