The Protea range from Anthonij Rupert Wyne continues to impress with its innovative packaging. The inspiration was drawn from its namesake with the ultimate purpose of “upcycling” in mind. The latest is the new look Protea Sauvignon Blanc 2016, which features an elegant wildflower design on the bottle.
According to winemaker Mark van Buuren,the Sauvignon Blanc’s vibrant gooseberry-, guava- and passion fruit characteristics are fleshed out with a lime zest and grassy nuance, In true Sauvignon blanc style. The palate comes alive with its typical lemon- and pineapple flavours. Its bottle design oozes summery elegance, making it the perfect wine to enjoy chilled – during the warmer months. It is perfect on its own or with a delicious Thai green curry, grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan or salt and pepper fried squid. It could be purchased directly from the Tasting Room at R55 per bottle or at select outlets nationwide.
What would summer be without Rosé? With the 2015 vintage made quite an impact so enthusiasts will be thrilled to get their hands on the stylish Protea Rosé 2016 with its alluring pale coral hue. The wine’s aromas are reminiscent of succulent cherry- and strawberry flavours. The sweetness on the nose will take you on a nostalgic trip to the days of tucking into a bag of delicious candy floss. Mark describes the palate as being a vivacious mouthful of juicy strawberry- and cherry flavours, with a hint of stone fruit. It is a light, refreshing wine and it delivers an elegant crisp, dry and slightly peppery finish. This is the perfect wine for being served with food and is particularly successful when paired with seared salmon, your favourite California roll or even a fresh strawberry salad with balsamic dressing. The wine is available directly from the Tasting Room at R60 per bottle or select outlets nationwide.
As far as the Protea range is concerned, be sure to look out for the Pinot Grigio 2016. This is guaranteed to tickle the taste buds. Appealing aromas of nectarine- and white peaches as well as the slightest hint of elderflowers make this wine perfectly suited for summer. Above all this, the wine delivers juicy flavours on the palate, accompanied by a delicious nectarine tang and lip-smacking citrus notes. Purchase this wine directly from the Tasting Room at R55 per bottle or purchase from select outlets nationwide.
The summer line-up is completed by the sophisticated Protea Chardonnay 2015, which radiates delectable peach, nectarine- and honeysuckle aromas, with a hint of rock melon and vanilla on the nose. The palate delivers on this stone fruit, resulting in a perfectly well-rounded wine with an elegant- and glazed roast chicken, Teriyaki-glazed seared salmon or even a delicious Carbonara pasta with crisp Pancetta. Buy these directly from the Tasting Room at R55 per bottle or from select outlets nationwide.
The range designed for earlier enjoyment, comprises of a collection of eight wines with exquisite Protea-inspired elements on each bottle. These designs pay tribute to this majestic flower which is distinctive of the Cape floristic area. The thought process inspiring the range and its label design, had in mind the ultimate marriage of the old with the new. The heritage of the vines, innovatively tied into distinctive packaging designs, has been made to be re-used and recycled, thus prolonging the life cycle of the product, which then ultimately aids in caring for the environment.
Endless possibilities present itself when faced with these authentic prints – only a bit of imagination is required. It could be re-used to make eye-catching olive oil- and Balsamic vinegar serving bottles, or with a bit of professional elbow grease cut to make contemporary water glasses.