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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Protea Red and White Wines - Much More Than a Pretty Face

Protea Red and White - Much More Than a Pretty Face
Beautiful bottles filled with tasty wine!

Today we have a couple of brand new wines from South Africa that initially stand out thanks to their unique labels (actually ink fused directly to the glass at a high temperature). However, these two wines from Protea (PROH-tee-uh) offer a lot more than just a pretty face. Read on to find out just what we thought about what is inside these unique bottles...

2011 Protea Red
2011 Protea Red
First up is the 2011 Protea Red which is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Shiraz from Coastal Region, South Africa. It has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $15. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"With hints of blackberry, espresso, spice.

Protea, the national flower of South Africa, is cherished for its beauty and diversity. Taking this cue, our red blend strives for great fruit, balance and juiciness, and is ready to be enjoyed now.

14.0% Alcohol"
The 2011 Protea Red begins with aromas of dark fruit, spice and a hint of pyrazine (the class of compounds that gives green pepper its distinct taste). The wine tastes really quite good with lots of dark fruit (blackberry and plum mainly), a bit of cola, some nice spice and just like the bottle says a touch of espresso. Based on some of these flavors I'm surprised this wine did not see any oak - it was aged in cement vats. Just like the nose there is again a hint of green pepper. It ends with spicy dark fruit and then lingering espresso notes. We found it to be even better on day 2 so be sure to give it plenty of air.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 7.3



2012 Protea White
2012 Protea White
Next is the 2012 Protea White which is 100% Chenin Blanc from Coastal Region, South Africa. It also has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $14. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"With hints of pear, citrus, honeysuckle.

Protea, the national flower of South Africa, is cherished for its beauty and diversity. Taking this cue, our Chenin Blanc captures all the fresh, crisp fruit this too-often underappreciated grape has to offer.

13.0% Alcohol"
The 2012 Protea White begins with delicate aromas of honeysuckle, citrus and a touch of tropical fruit. The light-bodied wine tastes of lemon custard and tropical fruit and features a soft and smooth texture, yet still manages to maintain a crisp acidity. The tropical fruit turns a bit zesty on the medium-length finish. A very nicely done Chenin Blanc. And as an added bonus when you're all done drinking the wine check out the Protea website for some crafty ideas on what to do with these beautiful bottles!

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 6
Overall Rating: 7.5



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