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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  • Can't say a lot other than the wines are a lot better now than they were ... they were best known for are Pinotage (ugh) and Steen, which can be nice enough.My advice however, or at least what I would do, is just taste whatever I could and as much as I could. It's a country that's in flux so there's not so much tradition as you would think - a... Read More

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  • Hello All,I'm off for a first ever trip to South Africa, spending next Monday and Tuesday (2nd & 3rd) touring wineries from a base in Wellington (we are going to Mullineaux, but couldn't get into see Eben Sadie as no visitors are allowed during harvest, which is a shame, but understandable. We then move on to Cape Town for six days.cà phê linh c... Read More

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  • Makulu Iswithi Pinotage


    This is my favorite wine to introduce people to red wine with! I love the punch of currant it has. Read More

    Wine review by caitlinngrace

  • Chinese acquisitions of foreign wineries are nothing new, but businessman ... ... ... for its Merlot and Pinotage red wines,” Bloomberg reported. A story by South Africa's Business Report said Wu purchased 51 percent of the company after gaining approval from the winery's 70 shareholders. Wu heads up China's biggest security company and has l... Read More

    From the article Chinese Investor Buys Stake in South African Winery

  • The Nordic North is seeing palates across the country warming to ... a ... a Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Pinotage mix from South Africa's Mare Magnum; and Zumbali Chenin Blanc, a South African bag-in-box offering. Other strong performers in the Nordic country were United States-based Oak Ridge Winery's SomeZin, which, according to the report, wa... Read More

    From the article Sweden Sees Rise in Wine Sales

  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... Grenache 6%, Mourvedre 2%, Pinotage 2%Broadbent Selections SF Tight and focused on the nose with a smoky top note and lots of sour red fruits framed with hints of sweet green spices and perhaps a hint of banana and band aid on the nose. With a very attractive blend of... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014

  • Photo by: Nannette EatonToday we continue getting to know our favorite wine ... wine ... Dislikes Red Wine: Pinotage [blech] White Wine: Again NW Sauvignon Blanc Rose: Any attempt at producing a White Zin in a dry style. or the equally sickening and disgustingly insipid 2-3 grams of RS White Zin, consumed by the masses.&nbs Read More

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  • With rose season in full swing I’m a little surprised at the paucity of ... of ... Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rose Stellenbosch South Africa 13.5% $15 Well, it smells alot like pinotage with hints of bananas and rubber rands on the nose along with some old watermelon and spicy red fruit. Soft in the mouth with red fruit and banana notes, t... Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous Roses

  • Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rose Stellenbosch South Africa 2013


    Well, it smells alot like pinotage with hints of bananas and rubber rands on the nose along with some old watermelon and spicy red fruit. Soft in the mouth with red fruit and banana notes, this is kind of nicely textured, showing a gentle brightness and supple texture, but the flavor profile may be off-putting to some. Not bad, just bordering on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Nederburg Pinotage Western Cape 2011


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    Wine review by Derek25

  • 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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