NEW! Hannes Storm 'Wild Air' Sauvignon Blanc, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa 2016

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NEW! Hannes Storm 'Wild Air' Sauvignon Blanc, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa 2016

16.95

If you like your Sauvignon Blanc exuberant and explosively fruity, then this definitely isn't the wine for you. But if you like it dry and minerally, then allow us introduce you to Hannes Storm's spell-binding new release, the 'Wild Air' Sauvignon Blanc 2016. It's a wine that bristles so much potential energy that it could power a small town. It’s a scintillating wine that invites you to explore its complexities, instead of hitting you in the face like a gooseberry pie. The acidity is whip-cracking and snappy, but there's more than enough ripe and succulent fruit to stand nose to nose with it, so it's like biting into the perfect Cox's Orange Pippin. Go away and drink it chilled with a plate of fresh oysters and you will be a lot happier than you are right now, reading this rambling tasting note. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020.

Background Info:

Wild Air is the product of a collaboration between Hannes Storm, of Storm Wines fame, and his UK agent, Ben Henshaw. While visiting Hannes in South Africa, Ben was blown away by the beauty and potential of the Moya’s vineyard in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (source of Hannes’ superb Moya’s Pinot Noir). Most of the vineyard is planted with Pinot, but Hannes knew of a small section of 20-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines, quite unusual for the region, growing on low- vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils. Inspired by the more restrained, textural styles of Sauvignon Blanc rarely made in South Africa, they set about crafting this first vintage of Wild Air.

Hannes took a very hands-off approach to the winemaking, using a basket press, fermenting with natural yeasts, mostly in older 228-litre French oak and a small part in tank. The wine rests on the lees for 6 months and a quarter of it completes full malolactic fermentation. The result is a savoury, mineral and food-friendly style of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a true testament to the quality of the fruit and to Hannes’ gentle and confident winemaking style. Only 1500 bottles were filled. 

 

Press Reviews:

Greg Sherwood MW: "Seductive, rich, opulent, exotic lifted nose of white blossoms, gooseberries, honey suckle and green apple purée. Palate is so pure and fine with crunchy green pear, a rich textural, sensual, seamless broad flavour spectrum. Such alluring, seductive notes. Top show stopper for the first release!" 93 Points

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