Storm Wines, Ridge Chardonnay 2020 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'W.O. Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Aromatics of pear, peach and citrus with a hint of earthiness. Slightly sweeter and rounder than its counterpart above but hardly weighty. Lovely fruit expression matched by bright acidity, this has a winning sleekness about it.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100
'Like pinots, chardonnays made same way: basket press, barrel ferment/8 months in 33% new oak, some lees stirring. Lemon & lime citrus tones, enlivening acid lift, lees adding weight, breadth & toasty notes to 2019 from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Needs year/2 to meld but will reward 5+ years thereafter.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)
'New to the Storm range in 2019, Ridge comes from a high-density vineyard at La Vierge, planted in 2010 on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Taut, tight and chiselled, with one third new oak fermentation, a medley of nectarine and citrus and fruit and a refreshing, persistent finish. Drink 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
|Blend information||100% Chardonnay|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Hannes Storm has spent nearly 2 decades in the pursuit of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay perfection. No single SA winemaker is more dedicated or focused on growing and vinifying Pinot and it shows. After 12 years as winemaker at Hamilton Russell, he started his eponymous label Storm Wines in 2012, and has since been focusing on the best-suited sites for this challenging variety. The remarkable Storm trio – the Ignis, Ridge and Vrede Pinot Noirs each come from one of the three appellations in the Hemel-en-Aarde. Storm Wines is the only producer with Pinots from each of these three appellations. If you have not tried these, you are missing out on South Africa’s benchmark Pinot Noirs.|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator