After 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, focussing on producing world class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Hannes discovered two vineyards with particularly exceptional terroirs planted with the tiny bunched red grape variety that he loves intimately. With these two sites – one with low vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the other, a small vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with granite soils – Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each site towards bottle and cork.
Meticulous viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World present the wines with a warm personality and character. With the maiden vintage for both vineyards in 2012, Storm Wines continues to handcraft, perfect and shepherd Pinot Noir from their unique terroirs into very distinctive site specific wines.
Region: Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus, Western Cape, SA
Year Founded: 2012
Proprietors: Hannes Storm
Winemaker: Hannes Storm
Size of property: Vrede Vineyard=2 hectares & Moya's Vineyard= 0.5 hectares
Amount of Property Planted: 2.5 hectares
Terroir: Vrede vineyard is on a steep northeast facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils. Cool maritime influence from the cool Atlantic ocean 2 miles from the vineyard. Moya’s vineyard is on a northern slope in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, cluttered with large pebbles in the topsoil, with decomposed granite in the subsoil. Cool maritime influence 5 miles from the vineyard. Slightly higher elevation than Vrede vineyard, slightly cooler. Soil type: Stony, clay-rich shale soils (Vrede) Decomposed granite soils with large pebbles in the topsoil. (Moya’s)
Annual Production: Vrede: 500x12; Moya's 150x12
Varieties Cultivated: 100% Pinot Noir
Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications: IPW (Integrated Production of Wine)
Cellar Door: By appointment