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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  • Bob's Pinotage 2011


    Plenty sour at first - it definitely tastes young. I proably would have skipped it but a wine clerk told me that once a wine is on its shelves, it is ready to be drunk. Citrus tartness, lightly smoked tannins, a little grape juice, and a couple of orange blossoms. Pretty well put together. Read More

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  • Loma Prieta Winery Karma Vineyard Lodi Pinotage 2010


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  • Neil Ellis Pinotage Stellenbosch 2009


    Quite purple color. Not the prettiest nose--earthy, "leafy." Interesting on the palate. It's not terribly fruity--maybe a tad of cherry flavor--but there is a very "sweet" sensation around the edges of the tongue. No tannin to speak of at all. Smooth, very brief finish--a touch of bitterness, but that is gone in a millisecond. An easy wine... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Wamakersvallei Winery Pinotage Wellington Phambili 2005


    A great value Pinotage from South Africa.Rich coffee / mocha tones and a lingering finish that punches well above its price point. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Mooiplaas Wine Estate the Bean Pinotage Case Of 2011


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  • Barista Coffee Pinotage 2011


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  • Chamonix Winery Pinotage Franschhoek Valley Greywacke 2007


    Absolutely delicious with lamb chops! This full bodied dry red wine from the Valley of Wines in South Africa displays notes of ripe dark currants and plums. Read More

    Wine review by Trienet

  • Fairview Pinotage 2010


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  • I am a big fan of white wines-particularly sauvignon blanc from NZ but the more I read the more I find that red wine is actually a healthy part of a good diet (unless you drink too much). So I started trying various red wines but they seemed so heavy to me that I longed for something lighter with less tannins and less density (?). I tried some p... Read More

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