“The highest site in the range at 330m in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, the Ridge Pinot benefits from a cool south easterly wind. Its easterly exposition means a longer hang time and this, combined with similar Bokkeveld shale and clay soils as Vrede, means that stylistically it sits in between Vrede and Ignis. Always a bit darker in colour and profile, exhibiting an array of graphite, lead pencils and ferric notes. A prevailing south easterly wind cools the site. 7k plants per hectare (vs 4.5k for the other two) means a higher density planting and in 2019 they managed 500g per vine and 27hl in total. There’s an extra edge to the 2019 that it didn’t have in the last two years – layered and complex, higher acidity and lower pH. Superb” – Hannes and Nathalia Storm on the release of Storm Ridge Pinot Noir 2019.
“Ridge comes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and is the youngest of the Storm Pinot Noir vineyards, located on the same shale soils but at a considerably higher altitude. Darker in colour than Hannes Storm’s other wines, it’s dense, fresh and a little tighter with dark cherry and graphite notes and a savoury, spicy finish. Drink now-2027.” – 95 Pts, Tim Atkin MW
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