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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  • Rib Shack 2011


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    Wine review by gman30341

  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca&nbs 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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