Deconstructed valley ridge Gravel over clay pn777
rich, succulent texture with elegance and freshness
100% Pinot Noir made from the French clone PN777
The Valley Ridge Gravel over Clay exhibits attractive aromas of raspberry and black cherry emphasised by its vivid fruit and penetrating depth of flavour. The mid-palate should offer a rich, succulent texture with elegance and freshness. There is density and concentration to the structure alongside a seamless, chalky tannin and brightness to the acidity. Flavours include, black plum, morello cherry, a hint of pepper, shortbread and raspberry compote.
The wine rested in barrel for 11 months.
A small number of artisanal coopers originating in Burgundy were preferred. Only French oak was selected and 228 litres a pièce used (barriques are 225 litres). For the Deconstructed Pinot we used around 33% new oak with the remainder split equally into 2nd and 3rd fill a pièce.
Alcohol: 14% | pH: 3.26 | RS: 3.6 g/l
Platter's Wine Guide 2022
Bluer than the Kogelberg 2019 but the same ‘Dijon’ clone 777. Pale garnet. Pretty subtle nose. Just a hint of cough medicine and definitely more obvious acidity than the Kogelberg but possibly a longer life. Another hugely competent Pinot from Master of Wine Richard Kershaw. Bone dry. 2022-2028.
-Jancis Robinson MW
The 2019 Pinot Noir Deconstructed Valley Ridge Gravel Over Clay PN777 has a little more earthiness than the Kogelberg Sandstone, though the fruit profile is almost identical. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, perfect acidity and an elegant, lingering finish that leaves behind tempting red berry fruit laced with white pepper. There’s not a hair out of place on this Pinot Noir.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
Smoky, meaty and slightly reductive, this is an intense, well-structured Pinot Noir sourced from a dryland vineyard that belongs to fizz producer Charles Fox. Structured, powerful and polished, with a twist of ginger spice. 2022-27.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2021