Storm
Ridge Pinot Noir - 2017
8.00 / 10

Type
Red Still, Dry
Producer
Storm
Vintage
2017
Location
South Africa, WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Grapes
Pinot Noir
Alcohol
13.5
Sugar
3
Price
1320 UAH
Cellar
N/A

Producer

Hannes Storm is a winemaker from South Africa dedicated to expressing terroirs of WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. After 12 vintages of working with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, he discovered two tiny parcels of land with exceptional terroirs and planted them with Pinot Noir in 2008. His first vintage saw the light in 2012, and after 18 months in bottle, the wines were released in August 2014.

His approach - handcraft, small production, careful viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar.

Now he works with 3 plots:

  • Vrede Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - low-vigor, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld (Buck Veld) shale soil in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
  • Ignis Pinot Noir - decomposed granite soil in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
  • Ridge Pinot Noir, also from low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.

WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is divided into Valley, Upper Valley and Ridge. And it means that Hennes grows Pinot Noir in all 3 appellations of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. And in fact, as of [2021-09-14 Tue], he is the only winemaker with this sort of achievement.

2019 was a culmination of three years of bone-dry soils. Although vines are drought-tolerant, this year, the stress reached a crescendo. Vines’ only purpose is to nurture their offspring - grapes and seeds. And when the vines are stressed, they focus so much energy on so few grapes. Consequently, 2019 is very small in production but very concentrated and potent. Vrede produced only 275 cases, Ignis - 290 cases, and Ridge - 340 (all about Pinot Noir).

Interestingly, before Hennes Storm started own project, he worked as a winemaker in Hamilton Russell Vineyards, another famous winemaker from South Africa.

Ratings

2021-05-12 - 8.00

Great and pleasant Pinot Noir from SA, dusty leather, mixed with plume jam, cherry, bloody meat and spices. Still young and not smooth, intense and meaty, with high acidity (which amazes me). Really want to see what will become with this wine in few years, seems like there is huge potential.