Protea Wines

Dry Rosé

Abundant cherry and strawberry appeal add to the lightly floral and citrus nuanced nose. Intense flavours of raspberry, cherry and strawberries presents on the palate. Lively, succulent and fresh but with a gentle and well-rounded body. As with the nose, there’s a light citrus – pink grapefruit – nuance which adds to the overall appeal. Lovely long lingering tail.

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Dry Rosé

Subtle coral hue. Abundant red berry fruit on the nose with dusty raspberry, cherry and a light berry perfume. The same berry vibrancy can be found in the mouth. The palate is juicy, succulent and packed with plum, red cherry and strawberry but all well balanced and structured. This wine has an appealing dryness and texture, finishing with a long tail.

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Varietal

Mourvèdre (67%), Grenache (15%), Carignan (5%) Ugni Blanc (5%) Cinsault (4%), Malbec (3%), Shiraz (1%)

Vintage Notes

Another cold, wet winter resulting in good dormancy and water levels prior to the growing season. The cool, wet weather continued into spring which in turn resulted in delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering and fruit set. Very favourable conditions for mildew persisted during the growing season which added emphasis to careful canopy management. Very cool conditions during the early summer period delayed ripening and ensured that the vineyards were in very good condition going into another late vintage. Early January saw the arrival of very hot temperatures which continued throughout the vintage well into March, allowing for good flavour development and ripening, with acid levels coming in lower than usual.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the freshest flavours. The fruit was both de-stemmed and whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling. The individual parcels were fermented separately by a selection of cultured yeast strains in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine spent 2 – 3 months on the lees in order to build a full, well rounded palate before being blended and bottled.

Varietal

Grenache 30%, Cinsaut 29%, Mourvèdre 29%, Carignan 11% Syrah 1%

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 a 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

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the freshest flavours. The fruit was both de-stemmed and whole-bunch pressed 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.

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