Storm Wines, Vrede Pinot Noir 750ml 2018

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'The 2018 was in line with the normal timing that we are used to in the Hemel-en-Aarde, with harvest kicking off in the first week of February. With extremely low yields and light bunches coupled with tiny berries, 2018 promises to be an excellent vintage, with slightly more perfume and opulence than 2017 – in all, wines with poise, elegance and layered concentration showcasing their sense of place.' – Hannes Storm

Tasting notes:
'How time has flown! This is now the eighth release of Vrede, grown on clay rich soils at the lower end of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. North-facing at the top of the slope, it's Hannes Storm's plushest Pinot, with good density and structure, artfully integrated oak and an earthy bass note. Drink 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 96/100

'Hallmark fruity-savoury persistence, brooding intensity from bouquet to finish on Hemel-en-Aarde Valley offering. Compact body, latent power from clay-rich, low-vigour Bokkeveld soil most noticeable on 2017; 2018 showing more of the vineyard’s overt acid character. Both deserve 5+ years cellaring to deliver on potential. New oak 28% & 30% respectively. Also in 1.5L. Natural ferment, as all the wines; unfined/filtered as all reds.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'W.O. Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Cherry, strawberry, musk, earth and some chariness on the nose. The palate is relatively rich and broad with an almost creamy texture, the finish remaining savoury.' – Christian Eedes,, 92/100

'Is this South Africa’s greatest Pinot Noir? It would be difficult to disagree considering the beguiling nature and power of this wine, from a vineyard which lies adjacent to Bouchard Finlayson. The nose is flat-out haunting with deep floral, truffle and crystalline berry notes. The palate is sheer, tight and structured and savoury, with a firm acidity balancing powerful fruit. With time more, and more, and more, and more unfolds. Drink this in 3-5 years, but it will keep for a decade plus.' – Roland Peens (April 2020)

About Storm Wines:
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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Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating TA 96
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R575.00
Producer Storm Wines
Region Hemel-en-Aarde
Variety Pinot Noir
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