Hannes Storm, winemaker at Hamilton Russell Vineyards since 2004, will shortly be leaving there to concentrate on his own label called Storm Wines.
He will be concentrating on Pinot Noir and already has some wines in the bottle. Tasting notes and scores below:
Storm Moya’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Made from the first crop off a four-year-old Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley vineyard. Matured for 11 months in second fill oak, total production amounting to a single barrel. Dark cherry and a touch of reduction on the nose. Light bodied with fresh acidity and quite firm tannins. Precisely made but arguably lacking a bit of stuffing.
Storm Vrede Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
From Hemel-en-Aarde Valley grapes and matured for 11 months in French oak, 20% new. Total production: 250 cases. Red and black cherry on the nose and palate. Lovely fruit expression and fine, properly ripe tannins. Rich and already quite approachable.