This basket pressed, native yeast fermented wine shows great balance and length from the natural acidity and displays richness and generosity with alluring, opulent dark fruit perfume. A silky, but structured palate compliments the voluptuous fruit perfume.
Vrede Pinot Noir hails from a steep northeast facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils.
Winemaker Hannes Storm worked 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley before he discovered two parcels of land with exceptional terroir and embarked on his eponymous project, Storm Wines. His aspiration is clear: to create wines with a sense of place. His natural approach and careful viticulture produce classically proportioned wines with distinctive personality and an innate purity.
Storm focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, their three vineyard sites – Ignis, Vrede and Ridge – each possess an individual character. Storm Wines is now the only producer with Pinot Noirs from each of the three appellations in the Hemel-en-Aarde. The Ignis vineyard is located on a northern slope in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The vineyard is cluttered with round pebbles on the soil surface with underlying decomposed granite. The Ridge and Vrede sites both rest on a cool, eastern slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils and a cool Atlantic Ocean influence, producing wines with high natural acidity and cool minerality.
Vinous 88pts (2016) - The 2016 Vrede Pinot Noir comes from shale soils, including around 10% whole bunches, matured for 11 months in 25% first-fill barrel, 25% second-fill and 50% third-fill. It has a perfumed, floral bouquet of cranberry and raspberry preserve scents complemented by pressed rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin; touches of candied orange peel infusing the tart red fruit with a brisk, slightly Pommard-like style. I would just like a little more substance on the finish here. Enjoy this over five or six years.