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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  • Umkhulu Pinotage 'The Big One' 2002

    Snoothrank:

    Powerful molasses and earth nose. Attack is very light -- I found that the real taste (leathery and dry) didn't begin to show until the wine was completely saturating my mouth. There's a lot going on here. Somewhat hot but in a pleasant way. I think within a year or two it will be even better to drink.The eucalyptus sticks around for a long time... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Umkhulu Pinotage 'The Big One' 2002

    Snoothrank:

    To start off with, this blend of pinot and cinsault is decidedly a rather strange wine. That said, I'd have to say it's a new favorite. The color is something of an orange pink. Plenty of the mint that South African wines are famous for on the nose, along with some bananna walnut bread. On the attack -- which is very smooth -- is some more of th... Read More

    Wine review by kabir


  • Umkhulu Pinotage 'The Big One' 2002

    Snoothrank:

    Intriguing nose of plums, eucalyptus and oak. In the mouth an attack of surprisingly strong tannins, but its counterbalanced by minty notes, fruit and vanilla from the oak. A slightly barnyard and mineral finish. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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

    Snoothrank:

    warwick wines from south africa are stellar across the board, but this ... ... sauvignon with merlot and pinotage. pinotage is unique to south africa and adds some oomph to this wine!it is hearty enough to stand up to bold flavors and i love it with anything grilled on the bbq. in my opinion, warwick is making some of the top wines in all of... Read More

    Wine review by Magnum2


  • Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington 2005

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    bit of a cult wine and I can see why... I call it the "coffee bomb", one of ... one of very few examples of Pinotage that I can handle Read More

    Wine review by Matt Spicer


  • Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by matterhorn78


  • Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006

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    One of the better discount reds I've had. The flavor is a lot more complex than usual, I suppose because of its blended nature. Read More

    Wine review by UltraNurd


  • Graham Beck Pinotage Coastal Region Old Road 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by ruarri


  • Saxenburg Pinotage 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by ruarri


  • Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006

    Snoothrank:

    Sebeka is a line of South African wines produced for Gallo by the Swartland ... the Sebeka Cape Blend Shiraz-Pinotage 2006. It's easy to drink, with plenty of body and jammy fruit from the Shiraz and a distinctly smoky component on the nose and palate from the Pinotage. Attractively priced at $7, this is a good wine to take to a barbeque, part... Read More

    Wine review by winecanine


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