2021 Protero Aromatico
2021 vintage conditions were joyous. There was no stress in the vineyard, with plenty of water and warmth at the right time. An extended ripening period without disease pressure led to great flavour. The fruit was plentiful and perfectly ripe. What a strange contrast to the previous year!
The blend composition is: 76% Gewürztraminer (harvested from Woodside on 22nd February; 20% Riesling (harvested from Echunga on 18th March); and 4% Sauvignon Blanc from Carey Gully (also picked on 18th March).
The Gewürztraminer had completed fermentation before the Riesling and Sauvignon were picked. The two later varieties were co-fermented, with fermentation stopped by chilling at the desired level of dryness. Both parcels were blended on yeast lees and left to settle in stainless steel. Alcohol 13%; RS 7.5g/L; pH 3.31; TA 6.1g/L.
The nose is exotic, complex and deeply aromatic, with notes of galangal, stem ginger, Turkish delight, beurre bosc pear and citrus blossom. In the mouth the wine is fresh, linear and compelling. A laser like entry of exotic flavour is backed up by a back palate alive with stone fruit and lingering Asian herbs like lemongrass and coriander root. - Stephen Pannell
Halliday Wine Companion 2023
An ersatz field blend of synergistic varieties: aromatic exuberance, crunch and a herb-infused jangle, respectively. Edelzwicker (Alsace blend) of feel. Versatile by creed. Creative of DNA. Delicious! Lychee, grape spice, ginger crystal, Asian pear and rosewater. But dry, righteously textural, long and expansive across a chalky, saliva-inducing finish. Very good drinking.
Pannell shifted this across to Protero from the S.C. Pannell collection of wines. This is a blend of primarily Gewürztraminer with Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills. The aromatics are off the chart, with such intense florals and roses with lime, white-peach, pear and apple aromas and flavours. Succulent and refreshing. Drink now. Screw cap.
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Mostly Gewürztraminer with Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc adding juicy succulence. The aromatics are off the chart here, with really intense gewürz florals and rose perfume with lime, white-peach, pear and apple flavours. So refreshing.
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