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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  • Fleur du Cap Pinotage Bergkelder Selection 2015


    Pours a semi clear garnet/ruby red and coats the inside of the wineglass with ... ... A different kind of Pinotage for sure.. Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Pinotage 21 Gables Spier Stellenbosch 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Drostdy Hof Pinotage 2016


    This bottle of wine was part5 of a lot I bought from the website ... Pinotage is a hybrid grape developed in the 1920's in a South African university between pinot noir and cinsault which is now widely grown in that country.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style frui... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Southern Right Pinotage 2016


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    Wine review by TimsterS

  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... lovely Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Pinotage blend called Serenity. Finally, I must mention Storm Pinot Noir (Moya’s) which I tasted here at home and prompted my visit to Hemel en Aarde.  Whether the wines from this region will present an explosive presence in the US wi... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending

  • Writing is a cathartic exercise. The same can be said about tasting wine. ... ... ... in wine are meatiness in Pinotage and the flavor of olives in cool-climate Syrah. As I write tasting notes, I emphasize that my description is solely my impression of the wine that may or may not be the same for anyone else or the next time I taste. It's rare... Read More

    From the article How to Write the Best Ever Wine Tasting Note

  • Heron's Nest Cabernet Sauvignon-Pinotage 2007


    this was bought in Dunnes stores for 9 euros less 20% and less 25%, supposedly ... them. Just noticed, mine is Pinotage 2016 and not 2007, still tastes great but maybe not as great as 200 Read More

    Wine review by bonod

  • are a wealth of information!  Great!Since Snooth is a GLOBAL ... Signature Pinotage 2014 also won a prize!  Now, I never shopped Morrison's....was not good enough for me....but there we go...good supermarket wine in England is alive and well!!!!!! YOU NEVER KNOW!  I am a LONDON WAITROSE lady!  They sell good wine...!!! Read More

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  • As millennials come of age and begin exploring wine as a passion and a pastime, ... ... native varietals such as Pinotage. Numerous regions are following suit, coming up with their own salmagundi of red wine grapes in a bottle.What do millennials want from you?In summary, shatter traditions. Dare to be different, and talk about it at length on ... Read More

    From the article Millennial Wine Consumers in The United States

  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... ... as one of the parents of Pinotage, but it also has a long and storied history here in California’s Lodi region. The 130 year Bechtolhd Vineyard has been growing what was once known as“Black Malvoisie” since 1886, and one of my favorite wines from this vineyard is th... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List

  • 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.

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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 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...

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

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