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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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  • MAN Vintners Pinotage 2009 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2009
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2009 Front Label
      Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2009
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        Spice Route Pinotage 2009
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        Southern Right Pinotage 2009
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        Fairview Pinotage 2009
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        • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2009 Front Label
          Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2009
          Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage 2009 Front Label
          Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage 2009
          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2009 Front Label
            Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2009
            Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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            • Niel Joubert Wines Pinotage 2009 Front Label
              Niel Joubert Wines Pinotage 2009
              Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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              • Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2009
                Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2009 Front Label
                  Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2009
                  Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                  • Major's Hill Wine Estate Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                    Major's Hill Wine Estate Pinotage 2009
                    Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                    • Fort Simon Estate Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                      Fort Simon Estate Pinotage 2009
                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Six Hats Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                        Six Hats Pinotage 2009
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                        • Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                          Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2009
                          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            Golden Kaan Pinotage 2009
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                            • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                              Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2009
                              Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                              • Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                                Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2009
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                                  Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2009
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                                  • Arra Vineyards Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                                    Arra Vineyards Pinotage 2009
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                                    • Rooiberg Winery Reserve Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                                      Rooiberg Winery Reserve Pinotage 2009
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                                        Dornier Wines Pinotage 2009
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                                        • Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                                          Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2009
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                                            • Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                                              Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2009
                                              Pinotage from Walker Bay, South Africa
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