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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  • 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

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  • 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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    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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  • Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a total newbie:) I love South African wine. I love a lot of wines:) But SA is my fav. Read More

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  • Vercesi del Castellazzo Gugiarolo Pinot Nero Bianco 2012

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    Wine review by ceekaynj


  • Barefoot Cellars Red Blend California Sweet Red 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


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