Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2013
88 pts Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate
The 2013 The Pepper Pot is a blend of 62% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, 19% Cinsault, 1% Grenache, 8% Tannat and 4% Viognier matured in French and American oak. It needs a little aeration to dispense with the reduction, although it opens nicely with cassis, Christmas cake and iodine scents. The palate is well-balanced with dark plum, strawberry and citrus notes on the entry. The grapes are assiduously blended and combine well here, with very fine definition on the finish. This is another well-crafted Pepper Pot – an ideal introduction to South African wine at a very wallet-friendly price.
88 pts Stephen Tanzer/Vinous June 2015
2013 Edgebaston The Pepper Pot (made in stainless steel and neutral old barrels): Bright, moderately saturated red. Expressive musky aromas of raspberry, smoked meat and peppery herbs, with complicating hints of leather and earth. Supple, sweet and easygoing, but with harmonious framing acidity to the red and darker berry, spice and herb flavors. Attractive peppery lift carries through on the persistent finish, which features dusty tannins. I like the combination of sweet fruit and light leathery funk.
Varietal composition: 62% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre. 8% Tannat, 1% Grenache, 19% Cinsault, 4% Viognier The Pepper Pot. Inspired by a unique culinary traditions of our rainbow nation to bring you a heady, yet harmonious blend of plucky pepper, piquant spice and radiant red berry flavours. Proving that in wine, as it is in life, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.