Protea Wines

Chenin Blanc

Aromas of fresh apricot and nectarine mingle with ripe quince notes. Juicy and bright, the palate offers up succulent nectarine, melon and vibrant lemon. Approachable, light and succulent, there is great harmony between the fruit and acidity. The appeal continues with satisfying length and gentle pear drop nuance on the finish.

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Chenin Blanc

Fresh enticing aromas of apple, white pear and summer fruits are supported by gentle floral notes that invite you in for more. The palate is clean and refreshing, with succulent flavours of white peach and kiwi fruit vying for dominance. Crispy apple, pear and nectarine flavours are also present and beautifully balanced with a firm, fresh acidity which lingers seamlessly in a long finish.

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Varietal

100% Chenin Blanc

In the Vineyard

The Protea Chenin Blanc is a blend of grapes sourced from various districts in the Coastal regions of the Western Cape, namely Swartland, Paarl and Wellington. The resulting blend offers an appealing and generous style of wine that is well balanced and refreshing.

Vintage Notes

“Late, slow and steady” would be the best way to describe the 2021 vintage. The preceding winter was cold and wet, resulting in good dormancy and healthy dam levels prior to the growing season. The cool weather continued into spring which in turn resulted in delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering and fruit set. The moderate summer temperatures slowed the ripening period and resulted in harvest starting about two weeks later than normal. The usually hot month of February was uncharacteristically cool, allowing for the gradual ripening of fruit with good flavours and acidity. An exceptional vintage which promises to deliver outstanding wines.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked during the early morning hours at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar. The fruit was both de-stemmed and whole bunch pressed and the juice was settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation with carefully selected yeast strain cultures. The wine spent time on the lees in stainless steel tanks, before being blended and bottled.

Varietal

100% Chenin Blanc

In the Vineyard

The Protea Chenin Blanc is a blend of grapes sourced from various districts in the Coastal regions of the Western Cape, namely Swartland, Paarl and Wellington. The resulting blend offers an appealing and generous style of wine that is well balanced and refreshing.

Vintage Notes

Good rainfall and favourable climatic conditions during the growing season allowed for good flowering and fruit set. Most vineyards saw a significant increase in yield, and the ripening period was nicely spread out due to the cool, moderate conditions during summer. Good healthy fruit with beautiful flavours and analyses make this 2020 vintage one of the most outstanding and enjoyable vintages in recent years.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked during the early morning hours at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar. The fruit was both de-stemmed and whole bunch pressed and the juice was settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation with selected yeast strain cultures. The wine spent time on the lees in stainless steel tanks, before being blended and bottled.

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