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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  • Wellington

  • Swartland

  • Coastal Region

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

  • Stellenbosch

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

  • Simonsberg-stellenbosch

  • 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...

  • Western Cape

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

  • Paarl

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

Popular Wineries using Pinotage

  • Pond Paddock Vineyard Ltd

    In 1999 our family arrived in Martinborough, New Zealand from Victoria, Canada and began to devel...

  • Benfield & Delamare

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

  • Margrain Vineyard Ltd

    Set in the heart of the Martinborough vineyard area Margrain Vineyard offers a complete vineyard ...

  • Mebus Estate Vineyard

    A year of research went into finding the ideal location for our vineyard. We did lots of travell...

  • Nga Waka Vineyard Ltd

    Family-owned winegrower established 1988. 100% Martinborough Wine. 10ha own vineyards. Chardonnay...

  • Swartland Winery

    Swartland Winery boasts a unique style of wine making, utilising the dry soil and bush vine growt...

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Pinotage on Snooth

  • 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

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  • From the "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then" file come my tasting notes from a LIOCO Lunch I was invited to today at Healdsburg SHED. Being a local has its advantages. You just have to take them when they come around.   I arrived at the Café and was promptly greeted by Hollie Schulze and Jennifer Derrick, both formerly of Copain. Wh... Read More

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  • Barista Pinotage 2012

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • 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

    From the article Syrah under $15


  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Oracle Pinotage 2013

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    Wine review by GinaR1173


  • 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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