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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  • Sebeka Pinotage Blend Cabernet Pinotage 2007

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  • Graham Beck Pinotage Coastal Region Old Road 2000

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  • Having been seriously drinking wine for only 4 years -- I only started drinking wines once I could afford them -- and being back in graduate school, I found the best way for me to try and find new wines without buying a whole bottle (and consequently drinking by myself) is to hit up wine bars and try a flight, or a few...It seems a lot of you Sn... Read More

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  • This past weekend I inaugurated Snooth's Panel Tasting Program with a line-up ... and glue-like, reminds me of pinotage, which was a refreshing change from all the Malbec that had spoken so loudly of Malbec. Ryan felt this was a" sure crowd pleaser", a sentiment shared by Renee who found the wine "Enjoyable and made in an easy drinking style".... Read More

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  • This past weekend I inaugurated Snooth's Panel Tasting Program with a line-up ... and glue-like, reminds me of pinotage”, which was a refreshing change from all the Malbec that had spoken so loudly of Malbec. Ryan felt this was a” sure crowd pleaser”, a sentiment shared by Renee who found the wine “Enjoyable and made in an easy drinking style”... Read More

    From the article Snooth Panel Tasting Program takes on Argentine Malbec


  • Stormhoek Pinotage 2005

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  • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2005

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  • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2004

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  • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2005

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  • Cheetah Valley Ruby Cabernet-Pinotage Western Cape 2000

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