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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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  • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012 Front Label
    Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2012 Front Label
      Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2012
      Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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      Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2012
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      • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2012 Front Label
        Warwick Estate Pinotage 2012
        Pinotage from South Africa
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      • Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2012 Front Label
        Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2012
        Pinotage from South Africa
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          Spice Route Pinotage 2012
          Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2012 Front Label
          Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2012
          Pinotage from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Nederburg Pinotage Paarl 2012 Front Label
          Nederburg Pinotage Paarl 2012
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2012 Front Label
            Rhebokskloof Pinotage 2012
            Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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            • Bolland Cellar Cappupino Ccinotage Pinotage 2012 Front Label
              Bolland Cellar Cappupino Ccinotage Pinotage 2012
              Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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              • Graham Beck Game Reserve Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                Graham Beck Game Reserve Pinotage 2012
                Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                • Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                  Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage 2012
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2012
                    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                      Kanonkop Pinotage 2012
                      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                        Loma Prieta Winery Amorosa Vineyard Pinotage 2012
                        Pinotage from Lodi, California
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                        • Graham Beck Robertson Pinno Pinotage 2012  Front Label
                          Graham Beck Robertson Pinno Pinotage 2012
                          Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                          • Spier Signature Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                            Spier Signature Pinotage 2012
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                            • Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2012 Front Label
                              Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2012
                              Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                              • Ayama Slent Farms Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                Ayama Slent Farms Pinotage 2012
                                Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                                • Loma Prieta Winery Pinotage Estate 2012 Front Label
                                  Loma Prieta Winery Pinotage Estate 2012
                                  Pinotage from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                                  • The Winery of Good Hope Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                    The Winery of Good Hope Pinotage 2012
                                    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                    • Rooiberg Winery Reserve Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                      Rooiberg Winery Reserve Pinotage 2012
                                      Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                                      • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                        Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Pinotage 2012
                                        Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                                          Rijk's Private Cellar Touch of Oak Pinotage 2012
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                                          • Avondale Pinotage 2012 Front Label
                                            Avondale Pinotage 2012
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