Pinotage

Parentage of the grape: Pinot Noir, Cinsault

History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the Pinotage hybrid by crossing the French varietals Pinot Noir and Cinsault (locally known as “Hermitage”). His attempt at creating a signature grape for the country of South Africa succeeded. The grape grows and ripens easily in the country’s soils, due mostly to the robust Cinsault genes it carries. The flavor of wines made with the grapes can take some getting used to, however. While the Pinot Noir lends some gracious fruit qualities to the mix, Cinsault, which is mostly a blending grape back home in France, gives it a more rustic structure that tends to dominate. 
 
The early history of Pinotage was precarious at best. While it was embraced as a South African grape and widely planted and produced by the 1960s, many countries were wary to do business with South Africa due to its ongoing Apartheid practices. A Read more »

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  • Paarl

      The Paarl wine region is located in the Coastal Region of South Africa’s Western Cape. The...

  • Coastal Region

      The Coastal Region, within the Western Cape district, is considered the heart of the South...

  • Simonsberg-stellenbosch

  • Stellenbosch

      Stellenbosch is located within the Coastal Region in South Africa’s Western Cape province....

  • Robertson

      Robertson is a wine region within the Breede River Valley in South Africa, centered around...

  • Wellington

  • Swartland

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • Western Cape

      The Western Cape province in South Africa accounts for the majority of the wines produced ...

Popular Wineries using Pinotage

  • Rhebokskloof Estate

    History In 1797, over a hundred years after the first Europeans began to settle in the Paarl ar...

  • Lindhorst Wines

    We produce a range of red wines including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount o...

  • david frost wines

    David Frost, a Talent for Golf and a Passion for Fine Wine! Frost bought his own 300 acre vineya...

  • Bellingham Wines

    Bellingham is synonymous with the finest wines in South Africa With a history firmly rooted in t...

  • Boland Kelder

    Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar has much to boast about. Nominated as one...

  • Akkerdal Wine Estate

    Akkerdal Estate is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek valley. It is nestled between majestic...

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Pinotage on Snooth

  • Shiraz, or should I say Syrah? Either way, you have one of the world’s ... ... terroir. Or a dollop of Pinotage added to the blend. A touch candied with some vanilla nuance and a bit of tobacco emerging with air, along with black pepper notes that help to highlight the plummy, black currant fruit here.  A bit thick on entry, though with prett... Read More

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  • Nederburg Shiraz the Winemaster's Reserve 2009

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    Is that South African terroir or is there some Pinotage in here? A little rubbery and with the notes of burning rubber that are often found in Pinotage, this does show plenty of jammy, somewhat wild plum fruit on the nose with subtle shadings of chocolaty used oak and peppery accents Bright, round and well balanced on entry,there's a polish he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Six Hats Shiraz 2012

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    Oddly herbal in a composty and medicinal king of way, I find this to be unusual ... ... terroir. Or a dollop of Pinotage added to the blend. A touch candied with some vanilla nuance and a bit of tobacco emerging with air, along with black pepper notes that help to highlight the plummy, black currant fruit here. A bit thick on entry, though wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barista Pinotage 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Oracle Pinotage 2013

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  • Goats Do Roam Goats In Villages Shiraz Pinotage 2010

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    This is a great wine. Just don't know where to buy it. Can anyone help? Read More

    Wine review by gaila


  • I would love to be the SA wine cheerleader:) My all time favorite is Spice ... ... Petit Chenin Blanc, Petit Pinotage, The Game Reserve Cabernet. Those are just a few off the top of my headI guess my every day go to wines are Morrow Bay Cabernet from CA, and  90+Cellars Pinot Noi Read More

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  • Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a total newbie:) I love South African wine. I love a lot of wines:) But SA is my fav. Read More

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  • Barefoot Cellars Red Blend California Sweet Red 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Pinotage Ashwood 2012

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    Wine review by Mazzeo


  • The 2010 Loma Prieta Pinotage from Lodi, made by a small Santa Cruz Mountains producer, is like Pinot on steroids! Amazing depth of fruit. Lacks all those unhappy elements often found in South African examples. Instead, rich with dark plums, Bing cherry, ripe raspberry, anise, caramelized brown sugar and strong tea.

    Comment by 74191HerVineNess 74191 HerVineNess


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  • Much maligned - but very much a "macho" wine. Heavy fruit and long, great with meats. Tannins provide a very good structure - I have tasted a Lanerac Pinotage 1969 and it was as good as any Burgundy that I've had. OK maybe not the norm but it is possible with Pinotage. If you are looking for light, low alcohol, more feminine wine look elsewhere.

    Comment by 856410Chris Conrad 856410 Chris Conrad


  • An acquired taste, I believe...but once you've had it....you want more of it.

    Comment by 82103Hulananni 82103 Hulananni


  • I've actually tasted two very fine Pinotage here in California. Con Brio Wines in Lodi makes a fantastic Pinotage which really brings out the fruit with the amount of sun in the fall. Also, Illuminare Winery in El Dorado County makes another Pinotage of excellent quality. When your choices become a brain numbing selection of the standard varieta...

    Comment by 40356jjknight38 40356 jjknight38


  • Do readers know that there's a Pinotage Club?

    Comment by 328537flyboy2 328537 flyboy2


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