Storm Wines Vrede Chardonnay 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'The 2019 vintage will be remembered as extremely challenging and extremely low-yielding but immensely rewarding. We were lucky in the sense that fires were put out long before they could reach the Vrede vineyard but challenges from a fungal perspective kept us on our toes otherwise. Due to the prolonged drought conditions in the Cape Winelands, yields in the Vrede Chardonnay vineyard dropped to an all-time low of 1.5 t/ha, after which a wine with pure, refined character was bottled.' – Hannes Storm

Tasting notes:
'W.O. Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. An utterly compelling nose showing lime and lemon, blossom, a hint of struck match and some yeasty complexity. The palate is extraordinarily vivid – excellent fruit concentration, bracing acidity and a pithy finish. Provides great intensity of flavour while being entirely harmonious.' – Christian Eedes,, 96/100

'Just 75 cases of this special wine were produced. Much like the Pinot Noir, this is a powerful expression of Chardonnay with more texture, oak and richness than the Ridge. Meursault-like nuttiness, ripe yellow fruits and a bright acidity are not quite knit as yet. The structure and fruit integrity is of course there and it will show best in 3-5 years. Another fine Chardonnay from Storm.' – 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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Condition New
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating CE 96
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