Dense Ruby - opaque. Very Cabernet - cassis, mulberry and spice. Hard to pick as an identifiably South African Cabernet from the few Stellenbosch Cabs I have had. I have had similar Australian Cabernets. It is of a similar high standard. 2009 was a great vintage in many parts of the world as it was in Stellenbosch. The next day mulberry and soft tannins - a chocolate nuance - very mellow. I wanted to introduce the kids to South African Cabernets. — 4 months ago
OK, not totally what expected... — 3 years 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
Very good. Full bodied with nice structure and balance. Smokey, meaty, earthy, with a hint of fruit. Flavorful but lacking umph. — 3 years ago
@Delectable Wine this is the 2013 Silverthorn Wines Cape Winemakers Guild Big Dog IV Méthode Cap Classique.
Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).
Second wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and last sparkling wine. This is a sparkling wine (Methode Cap Classique) made by John Loubser from the Western Cape. Made up of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay as well as aged on the lees for 51 months before 9 more months in bottle and prior to disgorgement. Only 73 cases produced and only 42 being auctioned in 2018.
Light greenish yellow in appearance with tiny bubbles. Mute on the nose with a bit of lemon, light sweet spices, kiwi and limestone. Moderate acidity (7/10) and rich palate. Creamy mouthfeel with layers of spices, green apples, citrus fruits, white flowers and mouth watering minerality. Long and lingering finish.
$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R4,410.00 ($51.94 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R6,200.00 ($73.02 a bottle) and lowest bid was R3,000.00 ($35.33 a bottle).
#silverthornwines #mcc #methodecapclassique #southafrica #cwgauction #sparkling
— 4 years ago
Enjoyable Merlot — a year ago
Direct from Vineyard. Possibly the best bottle of white have had - complex, oaky but smooth, buttery and nutty notes, mineral crisp finish. Delightful. Love it. — 2 years ago
Storm bros.... both great — 3 years ago
Lovely robust wine. Air it well. — 4 years ago