A distinctively earthy and rustic variety ...
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.
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.
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.
- Cabernet Sauvignon2948
- Bordeaux Red Blends2908
- Pinot Noir2871
- Other Red Blends1030
- Rhône Blends471
- Tuscan Blends121
- Cabernet Franc120
- Petite Sirah111
- Other Red Wine60
- Nero d'Avola28
- Touriga Nacional21
- Nerello Mascalese14
- Petit Verdot12
- Pinot Meunier2
- Alicante Bouschet2
- St. Laurent2
KWV Pinotage 2000Pinotage from South Africa
Spice Route Pinotage 2008Pinotage from South Africa
Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010Pinotage from South Africa
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2010Pinotage from South Africa
Southern Right Pinotage 2009Pinotage from South Africa
Baobab Pinotage 2001Pinotage from South Africa
KWV Pinotage 1999Pinotage from South Africa
Spice Route Pinotage 2009Pinotage from South Africa
Simonsig Pinotage 2005Pinotage from South Africa
Southern Right Pinotage 2015Pinotage from South Africa
Warwick Estate Pinotage 2003Pinotage from South Africa
Simonsig Pinotage 2003Pinotage from South Africa