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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  • Simonsberg-stellenbosch

  • Paarl

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

  • Wellington

  • Robertson

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

  • South Africa

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

  • Stellenbosch

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

  • Swartland

  • Coastal Region

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

  • Western Cape

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

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  • Nelson's Creek Wine Estate

    Nelson Wine estate was adjudged the Champion Wine Estate and Private Producer under 2000 tonnes f...

  • Rhebokskloof Estate

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

  • 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...

  • Benfield & Delamare

    One of New Zealand's smallest producers, Benfield & Delamare could also be regarded as one of the...

  • Lindhorst Wines

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

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Pinotage on Snooth

  • 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

    From the article Getting to Know Bill Eyer

  • 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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  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2012


    A lighter version of this traditionally South African grape. Rich and earthy with vibrant cherry notes and a light grip on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Hard to tell the proportion of chili powder, cumin, jalapenos and tomato which ... determiners, IMHO. I had a pinotage last night with homemade pizza that would seemingly do the trick (its oak and extraction would help in this case), but I doubt there are too many of those in your cellar. I'd go astringent-yet-weighty white or earthy red or su... Read More

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  • JD, LIOCO's been on the radar for a while, well before I went walkabout. ... of some good South African pinotage. It's heading towards midnight Saturday over here...I grew up on avocado and grapefuit salad variations (commercial avocado orchards in the family, a few grapefruit trees around the edges). Assume there was someone in the kitchen wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No I'm not trying to rub it in.

  • 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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