2018 vintage. An absolutely gorgeous Cinsault from 39 years old vines. Beautiful nose of pomegranate, rose petals and a hint of rosemary. This is all about delicate extractions and elegance. Burgundian-like finesse with bright red fruit, fresh acidity and velvety tannin. Very good length with subtle spices. Highly recommended. — a day ago
From the June wine share, IIRC. Sour apple, cherry blossoms, then yeah just lots and lots of apples lol, slightly dank but I like it 🤔 To accompany grilled pork and corn 🌽 Update: as this warms up, it becomes a “fall wine”. I wish I’d saved this because it’s difficult to drink during these hot days 😔 — 4 days 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..! — 6 hours ago
Notes of coffee and cranberry. Absolutely wonderful. Not as full bodied as a zin but still great. — 3 days ago
This was the Shiraz, not the Merlot.
Lovely, easy to drink on its own. — 7 days ago
my first sa chard.
100% single vineyard chardonnay.
9 months in 🌳(30% new).
20% of wine was allowed malolactic conversion.
12.5 % ABV
green with golden hue 👀
wood driven spices, green 🍎 and peach👃
medium + body.
medium + acidity.
green 🍎, peach and nectarine, lime peel and lemon oil, vanilla, cloves and hinted butter 👄
medium + pleasant 🎯
oomphi but still elegant. great wine making.
i believe the 3 years since vintage rounded it for the best. could wait a year or two for better results.
paired best with white fish basic ceviche but also not too bad with mozzarella (introduced as burrata) salad, rice and rattatuee and 'asian' grilled chicken with beans on the side.
ok-ish basic suburbia restaurant with lovely wine brought from my m8 wine fridge. — 9 days ago