Joe Iurato, writing in the leading New Jersey daily The Record, took a look at the new protea bottles and liked what he saw. And the wines were really good, too! Here’s his great write-up:
Sexy, stylish and sleek, some bottles warrant an automatic reach of curiosity. Such is the case with Protea, a new brand of South African wines that come in packaging you’ll find impossible to discard. The bottle is printed and wrapped with gorgeous paisley and Cape Dutch inspired artwork. Thick, flowy white lines uninterrupted by logos and other information. It’s really quite striking. The label itself is small, simple and removable, and opts to pronounce two things: This is what the wine tastes like and these are the grapes it’s made from. Cuts to the chase, tells us what we’re in for, and when we’re done, the bottle will make for a great decorative piece.
* 2012 Protea, Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region, South Africa Fresh and clean, offering delicate notes of pear, green apple, and lemon sorbet over balanced and lasting acidity. Attractive inside and out.
* 2011 Protea, Red Blend, Coastal Region, South Africa Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and shiraz. Coffee, earth and black pepper wrap around a lingering core of bright black cherry and plum flavors. A velvety, full-flavored red that’s easily approachable now.
See the full article here on The Record website.