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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  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006

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    When trying this wine I tried to imagine it being a French Cotes du Rhone. This was a medium bodied wine that I felt did a good job mimicking the fruit flavors seen from the real deal. However you could tell the grapes came from younger vines and the wine on a whole felt young, lacking any complex tannins. Noted tastes of red berries and a disti... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Graham Beck Pinno Pinotage Rose 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by scooter12


  • Goats Do Roam Goat-Roti-Rhone Blends Red 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by nickr23


  • Stormhoek Pinotage 2005

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    Good value pinotage.Pleasant on its own and also easy to pair with food Read More

    Wine review by Sergi


  • Kwv Pinotage NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by selzer


  • Southern Right Pinotage Walker Bay 2005

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    Wine review by some may lay


  • Nederburg Pinotage 2006

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    Wine review by claytonmorris


  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006

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    I was immediately interested in S. African wine from my first sip, That was ... and give S.A. wines a try. Pinotage is like Gewurtziminer, you love it or you don' Read More

    Wine review by mamtms


  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006

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    First off, I have to say I decided to try this because I thought the clever play on Cotes du Rhone was entertaining enough to warrant trying the wine. Not too expensive in the price category either. The flavors here are fruit-forward with lush, ripe berry flavors. There is maybe a tiny hit of spice in the mix as well. The wine has a medium b... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Fish Hoek Pinotage Rosé 2008

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    A splurge of cherry and strawberry opens this rosé, tinge of spritz, creamy edge, rounded and very drinkable. Dry finish. A Silver Medal winner at the International Wine Challenge 2008.http://www.spittoon.biz/wine_matching_with_a_winter_sa.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


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