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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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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Southern Right Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Tormentoso Pinotage 2014 Front Label
      Tormentoso Pinotage 2014
      Pinotage from South Africa
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        Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2014
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Beaumont Pinotage 2014 Front Label
          Beaumont Pinotage 2014
          Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Graham Beck Game Reserve Pinotage 2014 Front Label
          Graham Beck Game Reserve Pinotage 2014
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2014 Front Label
            Warwick Estate Pinotage 2014
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Kanonkop Pinotage 2014 Front Label
              Kanonkop Pinotage 2014
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              Spice Route Pinotage 2014
              Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2014 Front Label
              Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2014
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • MAN Vintners Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2014
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                    Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Pinotage 2014
                    Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                  • Fairview Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                    Fairview Pinotage 2014
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Neil Ellis Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                      Neil Ellis Pinotage 2014
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                      • Welmoed Wines Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                        Welmoed Wines Pinotage 2014
                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Pinotage 2014 Front Label
                          Anura Vineyards Private Cellar Pinotage 2014
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                              Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                              Beyerskloof Lagare Cape 2014
                              Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                Laibach Pinotage 2014
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                                  Rijk's Private Cellar Touch of Oak Pinotage 2014
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                                    Knorhoek Wines Pinotage 2014
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