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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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  • Tormentoso Pinotage 2013 Front Label
    Tormentoso Pinotage 2013
    Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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    • Spice Route Pinotage 2013 Front Label
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      Pinotage from South Africa
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      • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2013 Front Label
        Warwick Estate Pinotage 2013
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Fairview Pinotage 2013 Front Label
          Fairview Pinotage 2013
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Beaumont Pinotage 2013 Front Label
            Beaumont Pinotage 2013
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2013
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Pinotage 2013 Front Label
              Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Pinotage 2013
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2013
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                  Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2013
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2013  Front Label
                    Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2013
                    Pinotage from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                    MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2013
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                      Kanonkop Pinotage 2013
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Zonnebloem Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                      Zonnebloem Pinotage 2013
                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Camberley Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                        Camberley Pinotage 2013
                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Longridge Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                          Longridge Pinotage 2013
                          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Lyngrove Wines Collection Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                            Lyngrove Wines Collection Pinotage 2013
                            Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                              Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve Pinotage 2013
                              Pinotage from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                              • Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2013
                                Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                                • Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                  Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2013
                                  Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                                  • Stellenrust Wine Estate Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                    Stellenrust Wine Estate Pinotage 2013
                                    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                    • Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                      Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2013
                                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                      • Boer & Brit Trans-Karoo Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                        Boer & Brit Trans-Karoo Pinotage 2013
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                                        • Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                          Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Pinotage 2013
                                          Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                                          • Lammershoek Winery LAM Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                            Lammershoek Winery LAM Pinotage 2013
                                            Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                                            • Domaine Brahms Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                              Domaine Brahms Pinotage 2013
                                              Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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