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Pinotage

A distinctively earthy and rustic variety ...

A distinctively earthy and rustic variety, Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape. In 1925 viticulturists crossed finicky Pinot Noir and productive, heat-tolerant Cinsault, and created, surprisingly, a variety both darker and more tannic than either of its parents. Pinotage at first seemed nearly impossible to tame, with its bold profile and wild flavors but advances in viticultural and winemaking techniques have since helped to make Pinotage wines quite alluring. Today it 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.

In the Glass

There is no mistaking the smell of Pinotage—common descriptors include tobacco, smoke, tar, bacon, licorice, hoisin sauce and 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 Pairings

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 Secret

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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    Pinotage from South Africa
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      Fairview Pinotage 2006
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        Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2006
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          Southern Right Pinotage 2006
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            Spice Route Pinotage 2006
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            Warwick Estate Pinotage 2006
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            MAN Vintners Pinotage 2006
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              Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2006
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                DeWaal Wines Pinotage 2006
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                  Fort Simon Estate Pinotage 2006
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                    Spier Vintage Selection Pinotage 2006
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                      Kumkani Pinotage 2006
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                        Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 2006
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                          Indaba Pinotage 2006
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                            Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2006
                            Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                              DeWaal Wines CT de Waal Pinotage 2006
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                                Slaley Broken Stone Pinotage 2006
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                                  Golden Kaan Pinotage 2006
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                                    Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2006
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                                      Hartenberg Pinotage 2006
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                                          Doolhof Wine Estate Signature Pinotage 2006
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                                            Spier Private Collection Pinotage 2006
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                                              Pulpit Rock Winery Cape Haven Pinotage 2006
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