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    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Protea wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    Warm appeal of ripe blackberry, cherry and fruitcake aromas. Those same flavours step confidently onto the palate; black cherry, fruitcake and blackberry – with a light brush of herbs and trace of bonfire smoke too. Gentle and easy textured, its light to medium body makes for effortless enjoyment. Supple and succulent to the end.

    Protea wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

    Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

    Instant charm of fruitcake and Christmas pudding; black fruits, spice galore and light brush of herbs on the nose. Gently rounded and supple upon entry, further adds to its attraction. The spicy plum, black berries and cherry of the nose are echoed on the palate too. Delicious and succulent but structured too with a good backbone. Silky smooth in texture, it has a gentle satiny grip with a long, rewarding tail.

    Protea wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    This wine displays an enticing combination of vibrant, bright red fruit and cherries with hints of vanilla and plums on the nose. The wine is juicy and soft supported by firm tannins with delightful hints of cigar box and sweet almond. The palate finishes on an earthy and graphite note, with a perfect balance between fruit and oak.

    Protea wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Protea Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Bold blueberry- and ripe raspberry aromas.
    The palate is simultaneously approachable, juicy and light with an abundance of supple blue and red berry fruit as well as deeply alluring with darker liquorice, earth and graphite flavours below. It’s vivacious but also serious with a considered dry, tannic element underpinning it. Well-judged, balanced and long.

    Vintage Notes

    “Late, slow, and steady” best describes the 2021 vintage. Because the previous winter was cold and wet, there was good dormancy and healthy dam levels before the growing season. The cool weather persisted into spring, causing delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering , and fruit set. The cool summer temperatures slowed the ripening process, causing harvest to begin about two weeks later than usual. February, which is typically hot, was unusually cool, allowing for the gradual ripening of fruit with good flavo urs and acidity. An exceptional vintage that promises to produce exceptional wines

    Winemaking

    The fermentation of the wine took place on the skins in stainless steel tanks using a gentle and refined approach to the pump-over regime. This ensures that the vibrant fruit flavours are maintained throughou t the process. After fermentation, the wine was racked off for further maturation in old French oak for approximately 12 months.

    Varietal

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vintage Notes

    A better crop with lager yields than 2019 vintage attributed to favourable winter conditions. Soils were supplemented well by better winter rainfalls. With this, post-harvest irrigation was possible and vines were healthier. Moderate summer temperatures during ripening contributed to good flavour retention in the grapes. The 2020 vintage promises full wines with concentrated flavour profiles.

    Winemaking

    The grapes used to produce this fruit forward, elegant style of wine was selected from different growing regions to ensure complexity. Alcoholic fermentation was completed in Stainless steel tanks and the vinification process was conducted to preserve fruit components of the wine. Wine was fermented dry on the skins and after pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in the tank. The wine was finally aged on a selection of French oak staves for approximately 12 months.

    Varietal

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vintage Notes

    The 2019 South African vintage hit a record low volume due to the preceding drought. Despite the smaller crop, good quality wines can be expected from this vintage. With smaller berries, a excellent concentration of flavour and a good balance between acidity and sugar can be found. All of this contributes to the expected great quality of the 2019 vintage.

    Winemaking

    Alcoholic fermentation was completed in Stainless steel tanks. As soon as the wine has fermented dry, it was taken off the skins and gently pressed. After Malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked of the lees and aged on a selection of French oak staves for 12 months, to enhance the structure and balance of the wine.

    Varietal

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vintage Notes

    2018 showed good fruit and a good stable wine. Lower rainfall definitely contributed to more challenges in the cellar. Yields have gone down and smaller bunches are noticeable. With good structure and tannin, one should be careful not to overwork the grapes during fermentation and as a result, lose the distinctive fruit flavour components of our Protea range.

    Winemaking

    The grapes were selected from various growing regions and transported to the cellar. Alcoholic fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks. As soon as the wine had fermented dry, it was taken off the skins and pressed. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked off the lees and aged on a selection of French oak staves for approximately 12 months.

    Varietal

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon