Hannes Storm is the poster boy for top-end Pinot Noir but you shouldn’t overlook his Vrede Chardonnay, the 2017 recently tasted at Cape Wine.
Grapes from a Hemel-en-Aarde Valley vineyard, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation before eight months of maturationi in French oak, 25% new. The nose shows a floral top note before pear, peach and citrus with a slight herbal quality in the background. The palate has lovely fruit expression, bright acidity and a long, pithy finish. It’s concentrated yet light and has a particular liveliness about it – very, very elegant. Price: R499 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
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