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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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  • Tormentoso Pinotage 2013 Front Label
    Tormentoso Pinotage 2013
    Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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    • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2013  Front Label
      Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2013
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      Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Pinotage 2013
      Pinotage from South Africa
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        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2013 Front Label
          Warwick Estate Pinotage 2013
          Pinotage from South Africa
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            Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2013
            Pinotage from South Africa
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              Pinotage from South Africa
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            • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2013 Front Label
              MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2013
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              • Fairview Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                Fairview Pinotage 2013
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                  Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2013
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                    Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2013
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                    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                      Kanonkop Pinotage 2013
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Hamilton Russell Southern Right Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                      Hamilton Russell Southern Right Pinotage 2013
                      Pinotage from Walker Bay, South Africa
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                      • Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                        Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2013
                        Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                        • Boer & Brit Trans-Karoo Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                          Boer & Brit Trans-Karoo Pinotage 2013
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                          • Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2013 Front Label
                            Middelvlei Wines Pinotage Merlot 2013
                            Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Robertson Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                              Robertson Pinotage 2013
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                              • Anura Vineyards Frog Hill Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                Anura Vineyards Frog Hill Pinotage 2013
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                                        Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Pinotage 2013
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                                        • Longridge Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                                          Longridge Pinotage 2013
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                                            Camberley Pinotage 2013
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                                              Arabella Wines Pinotage 2013
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