“Beautiful bottles filled with tasty wine” – that’s the Reverse Wine Snob’s verdict on protea in reviews published on his popular website and through various social media channels.
Both wines get strong “Recommended Buy” ratings from site author Jon Thorsen, who says the protea wines “initially stand out thanks to their unique labels (actually ink fused directly to the glass at a high temperature).” But, he goes on, “these two wines from Protea (PROH-tee-uh) offer a lot more than just a pretty face.”
His review of the protea Red:
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.
And the White:
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!