Loved this in a Negroni instead of Campari. Richer, less bitter. Delish!! — 17 days ago
Even better on day 2! Let this breathe! Forest floor/tertiary notes, pine, cedar, cocoa, plum, sweet berries, I like the Campari note that someone noted... that sort of medicinal quality!
On the palate, stemmy, upfront tannins, smooths out into an etheral expression of tart forest berries, plums, some oak, coffee bean, cocoa nib, pine/rosemary, quite savoury.
This almost reminds me of something out of Italy!
Overall, a beautiful Loire red with lots to offer. Love the savoury characteristics! Cheers! — a year ago
Nose is Campari like a bit. Grapefruit rind. Some mushroom broth.
Palate is sweet cherry fruit. Very bright. Crazy fresh. Hint of Campari. Delicious finish. So fresh. Wow. Some crazy shit.
2 hours in nose is smoked grapefruit. Palate is Campari and cherry. Long finish. Salty. A bit of savoriness. A unique wine.
Day 2 still Campari on the nose. Palate is Campari and cherry. Still vibrant. Grippy. — a month ago
Juicy, can feel bitterness like juicy red wine. taste bit like campari. — 2 years ago
Drank beautifully. Red currant and a little Campari (although that could be from earlier in the night) with good mineral support. — 2 years ago
Campari but…better? — a month ago
Some wines knock you off your feet immediately, while others take time to do so. Storm Wines’ 2018 ‘Vrede’ Pinot Noir initially took a lot of examination, and changed dramatically between the hour’s decant I’d given it and the following 2-3 hours of drinking. At first, the very vibrant aromas of this young Pinot from South Africa’s esteemed Hemel-en-Arde valley were reminiscent of a pungent negroni, with a touch of Parma Violet and star anise. With time, however, these slightly confected qualities gave way to an impressive savoury bouquet of cranberry, rooibos, beef blood, iron and bitter orange (that Campari scent stuck around, and all the better for it). The palate, in this wine’s case, was even more impressive, continuing to display a savoury profile with a fabulous, zesty mouthfeel and supple tannins.
All in all, this is a beautifully fragrant, youthful PN with a bright future ahead. South Africa isn’t exactly known for its old vines (some Chenin aside), and those of Storm’s were only planted in 2008. Exciting things, then, for this winery. Everyone’s perception of value is different, but at £32/bottle here, it’s easy to recommend getting a case or two.
PS. An added comment - I love the understated labels of Storm‘s wines, but I do wish they’d go back to the wax seal of previous vintages. Wax over foil every day of the week for me..! — a year ago
Syrupy with a Campari like finish — 3 years ago