David Finlayson Coastal The Pepper Pot 2020

David Finlayson Coastal The Pepper Pot 2020

Wine Club featured in Premier Series - 1 Red 1 White Premier Series - 2 Reds Masters Series - 2 Reds


South Africa

Wine vintage:


Grape varietals:

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Tannat

Serving Temperature:

58°-62° F

David Finlayson has once again fashioned a delicious Rhône blend in the 2020 The Pepper Pot (60% Shiraz, 31% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre, 3% Tannat) from vineyards in Paarl and Stellenbosch, South Africa’s two most renowned appellations. Savory notes of red berries, blackberry, and mulberry, along with subtle spice and pepper notes delight the nose. Equally rewarding is Pepper Pot’s smooth, mouth filling flavors in the form of ripe berry fruits, cacao, and savory woodland notes. Bold in flavor but smooth and finely textured, the 2020 David Finlayson The Pepper Pot outshines many more expensive Côtes-du-Rhônes. Afford the 2020 David Finlayson The Pepper Pot 10-15 minutes aeration and then taste and see why David Finlayson is one of South Africa’s premier winemakers and The Pepper Pot one of the planet’s most delicious and affordable wines. For optimal enjoyment we suggest serving the 2020 The Pepper Pot cool (58°-62° F). Anticipated maturity: 2023-2025. Enjoy!

The 2020 David Finlayson The Pepper Pot is the ideal wine to accompany a wide range of foods, including dishes that are typically hard to pair with wines. We also enjoy The Pepper Pot on its own for its rich flavors and smooth texture, yet the pure berry flavors and savory notes of the 2020 The Pepper Pot make it a go-to wine to accompany flavorful, highly charged dishes. Pork, veal, game, and hearty vegetable dishes enhance the allure of The Pepper Pot, which is fashioned to accompany the spicy, one pot dishes common to South Africa. Braised Beef Sliders with a spicy sauce; Venison Carpaccio with lightly dressed wild arugula; Indian Lamb Curry; Artisanal Duck Sausages with peas and smoked cheese croquettes; and Chicken Chili with black beans all provide especially tasty accompaniments. Roast Loin of Pork with black olives and Mediterranean herbs also offers fine companionship to David Finlayson’s savory 2020 The Pepper Pot. The finest cheeses and specialty pizzas also make splendid companions to this wine. Bon Appétit!

David Finlayson’s 2020 The Pepper Pot provides the perfect companion to the world’s finest goat, sheep, and cow’s milk cheeses. Banon, Bûcheron, and many other artisanal cheeses provide especially tasty accompaniments to the 2020 The Pepper Pot. Why settle for only one of the world’s great pleasures when you can have two? To order or learn more about the world’s finest cheeses, visit us at www.cheesemonthclub.com.

“A man’s wine lives after him, bottled, corked and sealed in other men’s memories.” C. de Bosdari Wines of the Cape, 3rd edition

David Finlayson and his family’s Edgebaston Stellenbosch wine estate have become synonymous with the renaissance in winemaking in South Africa. Originally from Scotland, the Finlayson family has for three generations made outstanding wines in Stellenbosch and has in recent years been instrumental in transforming the Cape wine industry from a dwindling domestic business to a thriving international venture receiving world-wide acclaim. Recently, after much prompting, David Finlayson is bottling his family’s Edgebaston estate wines under this own name to much deserved critical acclaim.

The Finlayson family is often cited as South Africa’s first family of wine for their impressive credentials and multigenerational contributions to the South African wine industry. David’s father Walter made wine at South Africa’s Blaauwklippen winery for more than 15 years where he twice garnered “Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year” awards in addition to a host of other prestigious awards. While still at Blaauwklippen, Walter purchased the now renowned Glen Carlou farm in Paarl, which he and son David transformed into one of South Africa’s leading wineries. Subsequently, Walter became best known for producing South Africa’s wine of the year in 2005.

David continues the family’s winemaking legacy. In addition to his award winning work at Glen Carlou, David Finlayson honed his winemaking skills at a number of prestigious addresses. David performed winemaking stints at Peter Lehmann, one of Australia’s iconic wineries, and in France at world renowned Château Margaux before returning to South Africa. In 2003 Walter and David sold their shares in Glen Carlou and purchased what is now Edgebaston, a beautiful estate on the hills overlooking Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier appellation and burgeoning wine town. From the beginning, critics have lauded David Finlayson and Edgebaston’s award winning wines for their quality, value and innovation, and we count the Finlaysons and their Edgebaston estate among our best finds. We are not alone as critics have latched on to David Finlayson’s expertise and continue to laud his superb Rhône blend, The Pepper Pot (this month’s feature) as well as his outstanding Chardonnays, Chenin Blancs, and Cabernet Sauvignons with numerous 90+ point ratings.

Located on the Western Cape less than an hour north of Cape Town, the picture postcard town of Stellenbosch and the surrounding mountains form a dramatic backdrop for what has been heralded as the most beautiful wine country in the world. Although one may debate that claim and the various picturesque merits of other world renowned wine regions, what is not in question is the integral role Stellenbosch has played for more than three centuries in the formation of South African wine. Stellenbosch is unquestionably South Africa’s oldest and most important wine producing region. It is South Africa’s Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara counties all in one. It contains a myriad of microclimates and it is responsible for high quality red and white wines from a host of varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, and South Africa’s unique varietal Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. From wineries in Stellenbosch, both old and new, flow an enormous variety of wines that are wholly unique in character and deserving of international acclaim.

Located on South Africa’s Western Cape just north of Stellenbosch, Paarl is one of South Africa’s oldest wine lands, and it is currently home to many of South Africa’s cutting edge wineries. Paarl enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its robust, full-bodied spicy reds and ideal conditions for cultivating Rhône varietals, most notably Shiraz, Mourvèdre, and Pinotage. Paarl is also the source of excellent white wines, primarily from Chenin Blanc and Viognier. And like its neighbor, Stellenbosch, Paarl possesses similarly dramatic scenery that is truly a feast for the eyes.

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