Storm Ridge Pinot Noir
Elegant, with a hint of spice
From the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in South Africa comes this light, but complex red wine, full of beautiful fruity flavor, reminiscent of the cool slope it originates from.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
The Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2018 is a balanced and dry red wine, with notes of strawberry, cherry, clove, and nutmeg.
Taken from vines planted in low-vigor, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil in the eastern slope of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, this wine is poised and elegant, with hints of spice. It’s a light, yet complex wine, with a beautiful body.
PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS
Have a glass of this red with your cheese platter; it pairs well with Mozzarella, Comte, and Gruyere.
Take it to your main course, and drink it with a plate of mushroom risotto, a braised duck breast, or a saucy roasted pork dish.
A STORM BREWING
Hannes Storm, well-known in the wine industry, worked as winemaker for the revered Hamilton Russel Winery in South Africa for a decade. Leaving his esteemed jot to start his own brand, he discovered two small parcels of land—one in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and another in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, that had extraordinary quality. The vineyards were then planted in 2008, and 2012 was its maiden vintage.
Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 16 to 18°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.