The three 2019 Storm Pinot Noirs are ready. They are all special wines, partially because they are so characterful and terroir-expressive and partially because there is so little of them.
 
These two aspects ‒ quality and scarcity ‒ are related. An inconvenient truth of the wine world is that low yields are awesome for wine intensity. The year 2019 was a culmination of three years of bone-dry soils. Although vines are drought-tolerant, 2019 was the year when the stress reached a crescendo. Darwin and Mother Nature are stunning dance partners. A vine’s core purpose is to nurture its offspring ‒ its seeds/grapes. Stress vines to the limit with three years of drought and they focus all their energy into very few grapes. And if we do our job right, that intensity goes into the fermenter, barrel and, eventually, the bottle.

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Storm Vrede Pinot Noir 2019

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.
 

Storm Vrede Pinot Noir 2019 is pale, floral and sweet, with rose petals, violets and wild strawberry fruit, fine tannins, subtle whole bunch spice and wonderful palate length.

 

Production: 275 cases

 

Bottling date: February 2020

 

Release date: April 2021

 

96 points,  Tim Atkin MW

5 stars Platter's Guide 

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Storm Ignis Pinot Noir 2019

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”.

Storm Ignis Pinot Noir 2019 is savoury, scented and delicate. It has ample finesse with attractive sweetness and some underlying grip.

 

Production: 290 cases

 

Bottling date: February 2020

 

Release date: April 2021


94 points, Tim Atkin MW

5 stars Platter's Guide 

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Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

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

Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2019 is dark, dense, fresh and a little tighter, with dark cherry and graphite notes and a savoury, spicy finish.

Production: 340 cases

 

Bottling date: February 2020

 

Release date: April  2021

95 Points, Tim Atkin MW

The 2020 Chardonnay harvest will be remembered as more abundant after the challenging and extremely low-yielding 2019 vintage. Overall, the year was much wetter than the previous few years, with a total annual rainfall of close to 900 mm for the Vrede vineyard for calendar year 2019. Very good rainfall during October and January alleviated the drought pressure to a great extent. Temperature-wise, the vintage was cooler than 2019 and equal to the celebrated 2015 vintage.

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Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2020

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.

 

Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2020 is viscous, with citrus, lime, lemon and white pear. Undertones of ginger and spice, subtle wood and fresh, zesty minerality.

Production: 250 cases

 

Bottling date: January 2021  

 

Release date: April 2021

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Storm Ridge Chardonnay 2020

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

Storm Ridge Chardonnay 2020 is a classically styled expression, taught, tight and chiselled - a medley of nectarine and citrus fruit with a refreshing, persistent finish.

Production: 170 cases

 

Bottling date: January 2021

 

Release date: April 2021