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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  • 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

    From the article Pinotage Wines Take Center Stage

  • Fairvalley Pinotage 2012


    Jammy shiraz-like rich medium bodied red a lot of dark fruit blackberry and boysenberry I sell it for under $10 great value for Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • This past week industry publication Wine Intelligence explored recent studies ... varietals such as Carmenere, Pinotage and Tempranillo are significantly more recognised and popular with this younger demographic than with wine drinkers as a whole.”With these things in mind, Hickey said, the future of wine market is a fascinating one. “From a w... Read More

    From the article More Millennial: Wine Intelligence Discusses New Generation

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Well, Joe, thanks for bringing a wine to attention that I didn't even know ... ... very own, exclusive Pinotage grapes.Precise blending is done after maturation and a sweet concentrate is added, giving it that marvelous sweetness that leaves you wanting more.Honey Badger Sweet Red wine boasts a smokey, chocolate nose with some woody notes als... Read More

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  • So i bought this honey badger red wine like 8 months ago. I opened it had one glass and put it away because everyone was content with the other wine. It had a very different scent and taste but in a good way. Now 8 months later the bottle been sitting in room tempature but its been opened before. I opened it and it still had that smell to it and... Read More

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  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient ... ... cherries. Beyerskloof Pinotage with Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans  South Africa’s unique grape makes for another lovely St. Valentine’s Day wine. Beyerskloof Winery is the preeminent producer in Stellenbosch, the heart of the country’s winegrowing region. Soft ... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

  • 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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