As with the 2017 Pinot Noir harvest, the 2018 harvest was in line with the normal timing that we are used to in the Hemel-en-Aarde, with harvest kicking off in the first week of February. With extremely low yields and light bunches coupled with tiny berries, 2018 promises to be an excellent vintage, with slightly more perfume and opulence than 2017 – in all, wines with poise, elegance and layered concentration showcasing their sense of place. 

Storm Vrede Pinot Noir 2018

Vrede Pinot Noir hails from a steep, northeast-facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil.
 
Not flashy or overly fruity, the wine shows depth, purity and structure – characteristic of the site’s low-vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soil.

 

Production: 600 cases

 

Bottling date: January 2019

 

Release date: April 2020

 

96 points,  Tim Atkin MW

Storm Ignis Pinot Noir 2018

Ignis Pinot Noir hails from a northern slope in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Organically farmed, the vineyard is cluttered with round pebbles on the soil surface with underlying decomposed granite. Latin for “fire”, ignis refers to the fact that granite is an igneous rock formation – “from fire to stone”.

An elegant wine showing beautiful balance – a faithful depiction of the site’s decomposed granite soil.
 

 

Production: 290 cases

 

Bottling date: January 2019

 

Release date: April 2020


95 points, Tim Atkin MW

5 stars Platter's Guide 2020

Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2018

Ridge Pinot Noir hails from a cool, eastern slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil.

Poise and elegance with spicy notes – characteristic of the cool slope’s low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil.

 

Production: 490 cases

 

Bottling date: January 2019

 

Release date: April  2020

94 Points, Tim Atkin MW

The 2019 Chardonnay harvest will be remembered as extremely challenging and extremely low-yielding but immensely rewarding. We were lucky in the sense that fires were put out long before they could reach the Vrede vineyard but challenges from a fungal perspective kept us on our toes otherwise. Due to the prolonged drought conditions in the Cape Winelands, yields in the Vrede Chardonnay vineyard dropped to an all-time low of 1.5 t/ha, after which a wine with pure, refined character was bottled.

Towards the latter half of 2018, we embarked on an exciting new project, culminating in Ridge Chardonnay 2019, a classically styled expression that showcases the unadulterated characteristics of Bokkeveld shale soils on a cooler site – a higher altitude and a cool eastern slope.

Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2019

Vrede Chardonnay – or Peace Chardonnay – hails from a northeast-facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil.

 

An elegant example with crisp fruit, good length and minerality – these are characteristic of the site’s low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil.

Production: 75 cases

 

Bottling date:  December 2019

 

Release date: April 2020

94 points, Tim Atkin MW

Storm Ridge Chardonnay 2019  *NEW*

Ridge Chardonnay hails from a cool, eastern slope on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil.

An elegant wine with crisp fruit and a long, softly textured finish – characteristic of the site’s cool, elevated, low-vigour, stony, clay-rich slope.

Production: 300 cases

 

Bottling date:  December 2019

 

Release date: April 2020

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