In the same way that Hannes Storm has been enthralled by Pinot noir since tasting a 1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin in the year 2000, consumers locally and abroad have…

In the same way that Hannes Storm has been enthralled by Pinot noir since tasting a 1990 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin in the year 2000, consumers locally and abroad have been spellbound by Hannes Storm’s deftness with Pinot noir and Chardonnay in both the vineyard and the cellar.

‘Fast forward a quarter of a century, and the transformation has been remarkable. In fact, I’d argue that high quality of the best Cape Pinots is the single biggest achievement of the modern South African wine industry.’ Tim Atkin MW South Africa Special Report 2017

Hannes Storm has spent nearly two decades pursuing perfection in Pinot noir and Chardonnay. After 12 years as winemaker at Hamilton Russell, he started his eponymous label Storm Wines in 2012.

Whilst there is a lot of focus on Pinot noir, the Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2017 is not to be overlooked. The Chardonnay vines grow on the same low-vigour, stony, clay-rich, Bokkeveld shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley as the Storm Vrede Pinot noir.

Cooler nights during the 2017 growing season resulted in a beautifully balanced Chardonnay, with crisp citrus, white pear, spice and a dry, mineral finish.

 

All three Pinot Noirs are from the generous 2016 vintage, that gave small, concentrated bunches and thus opulent, concentrated wines. Whilst the drought was in full swing during 2016 in the Cape, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley was blessed by the cool Atlantic Ocean influence. This resulted in cool mornings and nights, thus allowing for beautiful natural acidity essential for freshness, fruit purity and ageability.

We only have a very small parcel available and is available online on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Tasting notes:

Storm Vrede Pinot Noir 2016, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – R510
‘Vrede tends to make the most compact of Hannes Storm’s three single vineyard Pinots, with more bass notes and concentration. Made with the 115 clone planted on clay-rich soils, it nods towards Gevrey-Chambertin, with impressive grip and darker berry fruit. 2018-26.’ – Tim Atkin MW 95/100

Storm Ignis Pinot Noir 2016, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde – R510
‘This cool, alluvial, granite-bases site makes Hannes Storm’s most aromatic Pinot Noir, with 10% whole bunches adding extra perfume and spice. This is a very elegant, harmonious wine that wouldn’t look out of place in a line-up of Chambolle-Musigny Premiers Crus. Raspberry and wild strawberry flavours are underpinned by fresh acidity and sensitively used oak. One of the Cape’s outstanding Pinots. 2018-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW 96/100

Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2016, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – R510
‘Appropriately enough, Ridge comes from a cool, late-picked site at 340metres on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, influenced by cool sea breezes. It’s a taut, tight, tangy Pinot Noir, with crunchy black cherry fruit, some clove spice from 10% whole bunches and a saline undertone. 2019-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW 94/100

Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2017, Hemel en Aarde Valley – R510
‘One of the finest Chardonnay’s from the Hemel-en-Aarde. The 2017 is still a baby, coiled focussed and with an underlying mineral core that reverberates though the wine. Possibly the best to date.’ James Pietersen, tasted January 2018.  The Vrede Chardonnay hails from a northeast facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils. Naturally fermented and is best enjoyed from about 2 years from vintage.’

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