South Africa / Stellenbosch
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2020 David Finlayson The Pepper Pot

David Finlayson Wines


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.


Clones Planted: mixed multiples per variety
Rootstock: mixed multiples per variety
Soil Type: Malmesbury Shale on deep red clay
Planting Distance: 4ft x 8ft
Vines per Hectare: 3000-4500
Trellis System: bushvines and hedge trails
Irrigation: dryland as well as supplementary drip
Average Production: 4-7 ton/ha

The harvest took place across February and March 2020.


Grapes were fermented in multiple cuvees of stainless steel tanks using different techniques on batches. Made up from 11 different ferments, the blending components of the wine are diverse in style. In some cases a small percentage of healthy stalks were added back into the ferment. A number of ferments were done with natural yeasts. Maceration on skins was selective depending on the flavours in the wine. Soft pressed to allow fruit dominant characteristics. After maturation in older and large format oak, the wine was fined with vegecol and then crossflow filtered before bottling.
Wood elevation: second and third fill French oak barrels and 65hl foudres for 10 months.


Pure, clean dark red berry flavours flow onto a smooth palate with sufficient structure to warrant enjoyment with foods such as a pizza or a carpaccio and rocket salad.