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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  • Tukulu Pinotage Groenekloof 2007


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    Wine review by jwimports

  • A lot of you do, of course, but even I was surprised when the personal assistant to the CEO of a $10 billion dollar (market cap) publicly traded company called and asked for wine advice. When I helped them track down a specific vintage of a certain wine and found it was only available in California they said they'd send the jet!I, of course, off... Read More

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  • Steltzner Vineyards Pinotage Stags Leap District 2004


    Nose - hearthy, butterscotch[late in meal]Palette - early meal: plummy fruits, mexican hot chocolate, crushed red pepper, sea salt. late meal: wild strawberry, asian spice, tomatillo, salted plums Read More

    Wine review by jathompson

  • Always tricky? Its getting warmer and I want a crisp white or a nice rose, but they dont pair too well with charred meats. Do i cave in and grab a smoky syrah or cab? What other options are there? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines for BBQ?

  • General Bilimoria Shiraz Pinotage 2004


    Excellent everyday wine Read More

    Wine review by cshack45

  • Kwv Pinotage 2000


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    Wine review by ncho

  • Sebeka Cabernet/Pinotage Western Cape Swartland Winery


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    Wine review by trentleslie

  • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2004


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    Wine review by ncho

  • Cloof Pinotage Groenekloof 2003


    This wine has a purple-redish color. Got a bit of red fruit nose and spice with a short finish, though have a bit of grassy-bitter/chemical after-taste. It is not a very good wine in my opinion and is definitely not worth the price shown (USD $110.50). Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo126

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


    Dry and crisp, fairly high alcohol but still has good fruit. Read More

    Wine review by andrew

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