David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2021

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - David Finlayson
Main Variety - Shiraz
Alcohol - 13.42 %vol
pH - 3.73
RS - 2.2 g/l
Total Acid - 4.8 g/l
Appellation - Western Cape


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Medium
Taste - Herbaceous

Tasting Notes

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.

Blend Information

57% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, 7% Tannat

In The Vineyard

Made from grapes grown in the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions from multiple vineyards, ranging from close to the Indian Ocean to the mountains of Paarl.

Clones planted:
Mixed multiples per variety
Mixed multiples per variety
Soil type: Malmesbury Shale on deep red clay
Planting distance: 4 foot x eight foot
Vines per hectare: 3000-4500
Trellis system: bushvines and hedge trellis
Irrigation: dryland as well as supplementary drip
Average Production: 4-7 ton/ha

About The Harvest

Harvested February - March 2021.

In The Cellar

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 to 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 crossflow filtered before bottling.

Wood Elevation2nd and 3rd Fill French oak barrels and 65hl Foudres for 14 months.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2021 David Finlayson Shiraz
David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2020 David Finlayson Shiraz
David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2019 David Finlayson Shiraz
David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 2018 David Finlayson Shiraz
ARA - Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol use Not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Enjoy Responsibly.