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Deconstructed valley ridge Gravel over clay pn777

rich, succulent texture with elegance and freshness

100% Pinot Noir made from the French clone PN777

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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


per 750ml


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Platter's Wine Guide 2022


Jancis Robinson


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

neal martin


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

Tim atkin


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

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