This wine was hand-made by Chase Carhartt, a California native, and Nathalia & Hannes Storm, of Storm Wines, located in the Western Cape of South Africa. Chase Carhartt, currently produces wine alongside his mom and dad, for Carhartt Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, nestled in California’s central coast. His parents planted the vineyard in 1996 on the ranch that has been in his family since the early 1950’s, producing their maiden vintage of both Merlot and Syrah in 1998. After graduating with a degree in Enology (winemaking) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011, he not only has been making wines for the Carhartt Vineyard brand, but has travelled to various countries around the globe to study classic and progressive farming and winemaking. In addition to working harvests in France, Tasmania, and Argentina, 2019 marked his fourth vintage in South Africa, which has captivated his attention since his first visit in 2010.
“The excitement of having a tangible product to show from my experiences abroad is coupled by the opportunity and privilege of being able to share that story and wine with the people who have followed my journey. For those who are familiar with South African wine, and to the many who aren’t, I am honored and extremely excited to unveil this new exploration and hope you enjoy it.” – Chase Carhartt