Storm Wines

About

Hannes Storm has been the winemaker at Hamilton Russell Vineyards for 14 years. Hannes’ own project, Storm Wines, is dedicated to handcraft the best possible Pinot Noir from two different vineyard appellations by honoring the fruit profile, vineyard site along with a Minimalistic approach using traditional methods. Storm will be primarily focused on the Vrede Vineyard in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the Moya Vineyard in the Upper Hemel en Aarde.

Ridge Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted on a cool climate slope on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in old Bokkeveld shale soil that is rich in clay. Basket pressed and native yeast fermented, this Chardonnay spent 8 months in older French oak. Age worthy. Nectarine, citrus, refreshing.
Scores
2020 Tim Atkin 93

2019 Wine Enthusiast 93

2019 Tim Atkin 93

Ignis Pinot Noir

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Latin for 'fire', ignis refers to the fact that granite is an igneous rock formation - 'from fire to stone'. Organically farmed on decomposed granite, and aged 11 months in older French oak. Cherry, savory, finesse.
Scores
2019 Tim Atkin 94

Ridge Pinot Noir

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Harvest & Vintage Notes
Planted on the same site as Ridge Chardonnay. This Pinot is also naturally fermented and aged about 11 months in older French oak, tight grained. The Ridge wines epitomize Hannes and Nathalia's philosophy - site specific wines with personality and character, achieved only through careful viticulture and a natural approach to winemaking. Dark cherry, graphite, spicy.
Scores
2020 Tim Atkin 95

2019 Tim Atkin 95

2018 Wine Enthusiast 94

Vrede Pinot Noir

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Harvest & Vintage Notes
The Vrede vineyard is a steep, north-facing slope in Hemel-en-Aarde. Very low vigor and planted on Bokkeveld shale soils. 11 months in 228 liter older French oak. Strawberry, violets, fine tannins.
Scores
2020 Tim Atkin 96