After 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley working with Hamilton Russell, focused on producing world class Pinot Noir, Hannes discovered two local vineyards with exceptional terroirs growing the tiny bunched red grape variety that he loves. Within these two sites – Vrede with a low-vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soil in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Ignis (previously Moya’s) a small vineyard with granite soils in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each site towards bottle and cork. Two newcomers were added to the portfolio in 2015 – a Chardonnay from the Vrede vineyard and Ridge Pinot Noir from similar soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Meticulous viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World lead to wines with a warm personality and character. With the maiden vintage in 2012, Storm Wines continues to craft, perfect and guide the grapes from their unique terroirs into distinctive site-specific wine.
This basket pressed shows great balance and length. The bouquet displays dark cherries, boysenberry and wild hedgerow scents that are neatly enmeshed with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation. There is plenty of sappy red cherry and raspberry fruit here; it is saline on the palate with a pinch of black pepper on the finish that has a touch of more structure and backbone.