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Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Storm Wines
Ridge Pinot Noir

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From a site high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge this is a really spicy, juicy style of Pinot Noir that shows off just how fantastically perfumed this grape variety can be. Lots of red plum and cherry here on the nose with a touch of sweet pudding spice (cloves, cinnamon) that add complexity to the wine.

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We love this because...

From a site high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge this is a really spicy, juicy style of Pinot Noir that shows off just how fantastically perfumed this grape variety can be. Lots of red plum and cherry here on the nose with a touch of sweet pudding spice (cloves, cinnamon) that add complexity to the wine.

HK$ 370
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Flavour profile

Complexity (C): 80
Acidity (A): 60
Body (B): 40
Tannin (T): 40
Fruit (F): 20

Tasting notes

Cherry Floral Plum Spices

Pair this wine with...

Charcuterie Duck Japanese Tomato-based sauces

The story

Wine type

Silky, elegant red.

100% Pinot Noir

20% new, 30% second fill, 50% third fill oak (11 months).

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

South Africa

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

13.83%

The wine

The second of Hannes’s new additions after moving to make Storm his sole concern in 2015 the Ridge Pinot Noir, as per its name, comes from a site high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge. The vineyard itself is a cool east facing site with the vines planted out on very low vigour Bokkeveld Shale soils. This results in tiny final yields of only 27hl/ha or roughly 0.9kg of grapes per vine – this goes some way to explaining why total production is only 100 cases.

In the winery the regular Storm methodology of long, gentle natural fermentations applies with, in this instance, 10% whole clusters being used to help build tannin and structure. After fermentation the finished wine is basket pressed and then sent to age in a combination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 11 months prior to being bottled in January 2016 unfined and unfiltered. The cool Ridge location comes across in the finished wine via a real silky elegance to the structure and a perfumed elegance to the fruit.

The producer

Storm wines is the baby of Hannes Storm and prior to striking on his own for 12 vintages he was...

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