New Storm releases – The Pinnacle of SA Pinot Noir right now
The pinnacle of SA Pinot Noir right now
Hannes Storm is making the best Pinot Noirs in SA right now and his small-batch wines are in high demand. Focusing on purity and freshness, his latest set of 2019 Storm Pinots all share a thrilling, crystalline purity of fruit, linear and precise acidity, and elegant, subtle tannins. Each distinctly expresses its terroir. His 2020 Chardonnays are both wonderfully crafted, modern wines with taut acidity and dry, focused finishes.
As usual, the 2019 Vrede Pinot Noir is the most structured and powerful of the three. Stunning and fine-boned, it will need at least 2 – 5 years to show its best.
Aromatically, the 2019 Ignis Pinot Noir is the most beguiling of the line-up. With notes of tea leaf, wild strawberry and fynbos, the nose follows on to a sensual, softer palate.
The 2019 Ridge Pinot Noir is much darker-fruited with attractive, earthy notes, some iron, and a touch of bay leaf complexity. With a deeper and more sumptuous palate, it is so delicious.
All three Pinots need time before broaching.
The 2020 Vrede Chardonnay has a youthful nose with some oak spice and ripe peach. There is lots of flavour on the palate with pointed acidity on the finish. The balance of fruit and freshness is impressive!
The 2020 Ridge Chardonnay has a sunny nose of tinned peaches and ripe stone fruit with a rounder, more viscous palate. It offers layers of ripe fruit, yet ends taut and focused. Unfortunately, there is very little available.