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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 2010 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010
    Pinotage from South Africa
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      • Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010 Front Label
        Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010
        Pinotage from South Africa
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      • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2010 Front Label
        Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2010
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          Southern Right Pinotage 2010
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        • Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage 2010 Front Label
          Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage 2010
          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Kumkani Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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            • DeWaal Wines Top of the Hill Pinotage 2010 Front Label
              DeWaal Wines Top of the Hill Pinotage 2010
              Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2010
                Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                • Arra Vineyards Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                  Arra Vineyards Pinotage 2010
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                  • Swartland Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                    Swartland Pinotage 2010
                    Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                    • Pulpit Rock Winery Swartland Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                      Pulpit Rock Winery Swartland Pinotage 2010
                      Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                      • Painted Wolf The Black Pack Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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                        • Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                          Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2010
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                          • Bolland Cellar Five Climates Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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                            • Middelvlei Wines Free-Run Pinotage 2010 Front Label
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                              • Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                Springfontein Wine Estate Terroir Selection Pinotage 2010
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                                • Lyngrove Wines Collection Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                  Lyngrove Wines Collection Pinotage 2010
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                                    Rijk's Private Cellar Touch of Oak Pinotage 2010
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                                      DuToitskloof Wines Pinotage 2010
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