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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  • Cape Heights-limited Release-pinotage-red Wine-2007-case 6x75cl Boutinot

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    Lovely nose. Likely better with food. Peppery. Dry. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • 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

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    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


  • Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rose Stellenbosch South Africa 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Nederburg Pinotage Western Cape 2011

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    Wine review by Derek25


  • Nederburg Pinotage Western Cape 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Derek25


  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2012

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    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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