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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.

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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  • MAN Vintners Pinotage 2008 Front Label
    MAN Vintners Pinotage 2008
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Southern Right Pinotage 2008 Front Label
      Southern Right Pinotage 2008
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      • Fairview Pinotage 2008 Front Label
        Fairview Pinotage 2008
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Kanonkop Pinotage 2008 Front Label
          Kanonkop Pinotage 2008
          Pinotage from South Africa
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        • La Capra Pinotage 2008 Front Label
          La Capra Pinotage 2008
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Spice Route Pinotage 2008 Front Label
            Spice Route Pinotage 2008
            Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2008 Front Label
            Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2008
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2008 Front Label
              Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2008
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                Golden Kaan Pinotage 2008
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Graham Beck Robertson Pinno Pinotage 2008  Front Label
                  Graham Beck Robertson Pinno Pinotage 2008
                  Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                  • Soljans Estate Winery Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                    Soljans Estate Winery Pinotage 2008
                    Pinotage from Gisborne, New Zealand
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                    • L'Avenir Wine Estate Grand Vin Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                      L'Avenir Wine Estate Grand Vin Pinotage 2008
                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                        Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2008
                        Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                        • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                          Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2008
                          Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                          • Avontuur Estate Stellenbosch Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                            Avontuur Estate Stellenbosch Pinotage 2008
                            Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Knorhoek Wines Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                              Knorhoek Wines Pinotage 2008
                              Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                              • Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2008
                                Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                                • Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                  Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2008
                                  Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                  • Rooiberg Winery Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                    Rooiberg Winery Pinotage 2008
                                    Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                                    • Hamilton Russell Ashbourne Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                      Hamilton Russell Ashbourne Pinotage 2008
                                      Pinotage from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                                      • Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                        Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2008
                                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                        • Lanzerac Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                          Lanzerac Pinotage 2008
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                                          • DuToitskloof Wines Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                            DuToitskloof Wines Pinotage 2008
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                                            • Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                              Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2008
                                              Pinotage from Lodi, California
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                                              • Camberley Pinotage 2008 Front Label
                                                Camberley Pinotage 2008
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