Storm 2022 Pinot Noirs: A spellbinding trio

Storm 2022 Pinot Noirs

A spellbinding trio

Storm Wines’ Pinot Noirs have received high praise in the past, but we expect the class of 2022 to trump everything that’s come before! 2022 is a near-perfect vintage for the trio of Pinots, demonstrating Hannes’ deftness in the vineyard and cellar. The vintage offers beautiful balance and quality of fruit, allowing for great purity, terroir transparency and structural depth. Each of these exceptional single-vineyard Pinots carries the stamp of its appellation.

The Vrede Pinot Noir hails from a northeast-facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on low-vigour, Bokkeveld shale soil. This stunning wine is floral, perfumed and powerful, with serious tannic support, and will easily last a decade and more. ‘One of the greatest ever Cape Pinot Noirs,’ enthuses Tim Atkin MW.

Storm Wines 2022 Pinot Noirs: A spellbinding trio

Ignis Pinot Noir, from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, comes from a vineyard cluttered with round pebbles on the surface and underlying decomposed granite. It’s always the most aromatically beguiling, with tea leaf, fine red berry fruit, a hint of spice, and notes of fynbos following to an ethereal and delicate palate. ‘Incredibly long’, says Tim.

From the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, the Ridge Pinot Noir continues its staggering upward trajectory in quality. The fruit is sourced from the cool, elevated eastern slope, which has low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil. Shy and darker in colour, it shows violet perfume, dark cherry and brooding structure and is sure to last decades. There’s ‘plenty of grip, backbone and intensity’, notes Tim.

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