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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  • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2005


    My cousin brought this over for me to try. I love it when someone brings me ... ... had a South African or a Pinotage, so I really do not have much of a comparative perspective. I like the light fruitiness to it. It felt a bit watery - definitely a light bodied wine. One noticeable thing is the astringent component in it. I'd be intereste... Read More

    Wine review by winolee

  • Kanonkop Estate Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2004


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    Wine review by avitus

  • Flagstone Red Blend Dragon Tree 2005


    Richly smooth, full, plentiful tannins. Complex flavours (maybe that mix of six ... only accounting for 21% the Pinotage peaks through with a distinctive twist on the finish that you don't get with Cabernet alone. It is almost 'rusty' but seems to work here, rather than being a criticism. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Warwick Estate Red Blend Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend 2001


    This wine is south african dry blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinotage. It is much better after it has been opened and sat for a day or two corked. It has a slightly smokey finish not too much. I would have a glass with dinner but I don't think I will buy another bottle of it. Read More

    Wine review by hillairelong

  • Graham Beck Pinotage 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by tjankowski

  • Saam Mountain Pinotage Blend Comic Relief Red Nose Red 2008


    Think brawny, robust and sturdy but with a contradictory lightness. Think ... ... a fiver at. Alcohol 14%. A Pinotage Shiraz blend. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Sebeka Pinotage Blend Cabernet Pinotage 2006


    Big, fruity, easy to drink. At $7, a good value. Read More

    Wine review by David Bachman

  • Landskroon Pinotage 2006


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    Wine review by jblack004

  • Sebeka Pinotage Blend Cabernet Pinotage 2007


    Initially, the wine had a strong ammonia smell with an equally harsh finish. After it breathed for a couple of hours it was more acceptable. Read More

    Wine review by renaegreenbay

  • Kanonkop Estate Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2003


    Pours a very deep purple colour. Blackberry and plum flavour with added spice ... ... yet not as much as other Pinotages I have before. Although the bottle says hint of banana, I don't personally get the taste but I certainly get the dry mouth quality that I would get after eating on Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

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