Pear and stonefruit aromas with a gentle Granny Smith apple and floral nuance. Bright, vivacious entry – so lively and appealing! That vivid acidity and perky lemon and stonefruit crispness adds so much life and refreshing enjoyment. It is well balanced with a soft creamy lees finish.
Stonefruit, peach and lemon aromas are overlaid by a gentle perfume. Vibrant tangy entrance to the palate with the same stonefruit, nectarine and lemon freshness immediately apparent. Bright, light and zippy with medium body, concentration and length. An ideal summertime sipper.
Protea Pinot Grigio is made from a blend of grapes sourced from various regions of the Western Cape, namely Franschhoek, Groenekloof, Darling, Elgin and Elandskloof. 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 were harvested, resulting in a well-balanced and refreshing wine.
Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the freshest flavours. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed and the juice separated immediately to limit colour extraction from this characteristically blue/grey grape before overnight settling. The individual parcels were fermented separately by a selection of cultured yeast strains in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to spend time on the lees in order to build a full, well rounded palate before being blended and bottled.
100% Pinot Grigio
The 2019 vintage was a very challenging vintage, mainly due to uneven ripening during the early stages of harvest. October 2018 experienced wet, cold, and unusually warm conditions, as well as strong winds that caused significant damage in certain vineyards. This led to poor set and the consequent uneven ripening of bunches. The conditions during January and February were very favourable, with cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures resulting in great fruit flavours and exceptional acids. Despite the slower start, this unusually intense and compact vintage finished 2 weeks earlier than the previous vintage.
Grapes were handpicked midway through January. Upon arrival at the cellar, they were whole-bunch pressed immediately to avoid any colour extraction from the blue/grey grape. The juice was allowed to settle overnight before being racked and cold-fermented using selected yeast cultures. The wine was kept on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.
Subtle coral hue. Abundant red berry fruit on the nose with dusty raspberry, cherry and a light berry perfume.