The Pepper Pot is labelled as “Coastal” and is a blend of fruit from both Paarl and Stellenbosch – roughly 20/80 split. Paarl brings opulence and darker fruits, while Stellenbosch brings redder fruit and a touch of savory, spiciness. The image on the label is a traditional ethnic cast iron cooking pot – common in most African households. Given that most of the continent of Africa cooks over an open flame, requiring that all meal components be blended in the same pot – ethnic African cuisine tends to be savory and sometimes spicy. Using Rhone varietals in this blend, helps to pay homage to the cuisine of Africa as well.
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90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
Great value from David Finlayson, this is (almost) the South Africa equivalent of a Cotes du Rhone blend, marrying Syrah with 43% Mourvedre, Tannat, Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan. Light, floral and spicy, with a hint of wood, red berry fruit and subtle reduction. 2020-23.
Made from grown grapes in the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions, this wine is created to show the fresh, fruity and spice driven flavours of these Rhone varietals. The colour is youthful and purple/red. The nose is one of crushed black pepper, dark mulberry and mixed berry coulis. Pure, clean dark red berry flavours flow onto a smooth palate with sufficient structure to warrant enjoyment with food such as Gourmet Pizza with Carpaccio and rocket salad.