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A distinctively earthy and rustic variety, Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape. In 1924 viticulturists crossed finicky Pinot Noir and productive, heat-tolerant Cinsault, and created, surprisingly, a variety both darker and bolder than either of its parents. Today Pinotage is a popular South African export both as a single varietal wine and in Cape blends. It is grown very minimally outside of South Africa.

Tasting Notes for Pinotage

Pinotage is a dry, red wine with an unmistakable bouquet. Common descriptors include tobacco, smoke, tar, bacon, licorice, hoisin sauce and the dark fruits of plum and blackberry. The flavors are bold, and tannins are firm but ripe—in fact, many Pinotage wines bear more resemblance to Australian Shiraz than to Pinot Noir.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinotage

For a wine this powerful, food should be equally bold, and gets bonus points for mirroring Pinotage’s sweet and sour flavors. Classic smoky South African braai (barbecue) is the most obvious match, while grilled curry sausage, lamb biryani or richly spiced beef stew would be equally welcome.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinotage

The name “Pinotage” is a subtle portmanteau: The Pinot part is obvious, but the second half is a bit confusing. In the early 1900s, Cinsault was known in South Africa as “Hermitage”—hence Pinotage. The somewhat less appealing “Herminoir” was also considered.

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  • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010
    Pinotage from South Africa
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        Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2010
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        Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010
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      • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2010 Front Label
        Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2010
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        • Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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          • Rooiberg Winery Reserve Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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            Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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            • Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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              • Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage 2010
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                • Slanghoek Wine Cellar Private Selection Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                  Slanghoek Wine Cellar Private Selection Pinotage 2010
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                    • Middelvlei Wines Free-Run Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                      Middelvlei Wines Free-Run Pinotage 2010
                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Springfontein Wine Estate Single Vineyard Jonathan's Ridge Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                        Springfontein Wine Estate Single Vineyard Jonathan's Ridge Pinotage 2010
                        Pinotage from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                        • Graham Beck Robertson Pinno Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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                              • Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2010
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                                • Anura Vineyards Frog Hill Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                  Anura Vineyards Frog Hill Pinotage 2010
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                                  • The Winery of Good Hope Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                    The Winery of Good Hope Pinotage 2010
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