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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  • Radford Dale Pinotage Frankenstein 2014


    Minerally tar notes with a bit of cherry in the glass. Tart and spicy in the mouth, with floral notes and a continuation of the tar note and a finish that has a tannic chew. Read More

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  • White Ivory soap, just about every single one. Kind of like when I hear people say Pinotage tastes like band-aids lol (but I don't get that from Pinotage) Read More

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  • Interesting to see my comments from a few years ago. Definitely would have ... ... ... and I haven't had a Pinotage since that time in 2012 or 2013! But it was fresh in my mind at the time, and made as good of sense as anything at the time.&nbs Read More

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  • "Pinotage despite the name and heritage  is NOTHING like Pinot Noir."This is cool! After three years dig up an old thread and post a rant! Perfect random move.I do agree though.And the OP is never coming back. But musing on the original question, I would assume something like Emark and Penguinoid (another dearly departed) did - i.e. something li... Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... it as such.If you think pinotage tastes likes pinot noir, then the assumption is that your taste database was populated by non-Burgundian, New World pinots. If you grew up on Chilean pinots, what else might you identify as similar?Have you had pinot noir blen... Read More

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  • Pinotage despite the name and heritage  is NOTHING like Pinot Noir. Read More

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  • What is a great wine for a novice palate?  Read More

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  • Kanonkop Estate Wine Pinotage Simonsberg Stellenbosch 2009


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Nederburg Pinotage 2012


    Deep ruby red coloration and very clear....slight violet hues around the rim. Aromas include tons of ripe fruit/berries, subtle spice and tinges of alcohol, but overall this is smooth. Flavors follow suit with very forward robust cherry, dark plum, and agreeably with the wine maker, banana...perhaps some vanilla bean and chocolate hidden in th... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Pinotage is a Brady Bunch grape. It was created by enmeshing two previously unrelated grapes to create a brand new entity which possesses its own compelling characteristics. In viticultural language this is called a crossing. If you really want to get technical, a crossing results when two grapes, both grown from vitis vinifera parent seed, are ... Read More

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