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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 2009
    Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Stanford Hills Estate Jacksons Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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            Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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            • Lyngrove Wines Collection Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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              • Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                • Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                  • Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                    Vriesenhof Vineyards Vineyards Pinotage 2009
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                    • Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                      Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                      • Knorhoek Wines Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                          • Moonstone Crossing Winery John Bree Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                              • Bon Cap Organic Wine & Guestfarm The Ruins Organic Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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                                        • Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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