Pinotage

Red grape variety

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What is Pinotage?

Pinotage is a red grape variety created in South Africa that has long polarised opinion, although improved handling has proved it is capable of making high quality, distinctive wines.

What does Pinotage taste like?

Pinotage can range stylistically from rosés and lighter reds showing fragrant, lively raspberry and pomegranate fruit with crunchy acidity right through to considerably richer, meatier, black fruited expressions with a spiced, chocolatey, smoke-infused character. A few Pinotage examples still show unappetising aromas of burnt rubber, bananas and paint stripper. A trend for “Coffee Pinotage” endures, which uses oak in a way that creates pronounced mocha or coffee flavours.

Where is Pinotage from?

Pinotage was created in the 1920s by Stellenbosch University’s Professor of Viticulture Abraham Perold, who crossed Pinot Noir with Cinsault, then known locally as Hermitage. Pinotage was supposed to combine the finesse of Pinot Noir with Cinsault’s hardiness and productivity.
 

Where does Pinotage grow?

Pinotage is grown primarily in South Africa and, after a slow start, has now been embraced across the country’s wine regions, appearing either as a standalone variety or as part of a Cape Blend. Pinotage also has a small presence in other countries, most notably New Zealand, California and Israel.

Famous Pinotage regions:

Stellenbosch, Swartland & Walker Bay, South Africa

Anything else?

Although Pinotage was created in the 1920s, its name didn’t appear on a commercial label until Stellenbosch producer Lanzerac released their pioneering 1959 vintage Pinotage in 1961.

Our selection of great Pinotage

-   Kanonkop, Stellenbosch

-   Beeslaar, Stellenbosch

-   Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay

-   Spioenkop, Elgin

Country of origin: South Africa
Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 6 to 35 €
Serving: Fish, Venison
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2021 »Impossible Red« Laborie
KWV
South Africa
Pair,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14%
»Impossible Red« Laborie Red Wine
89+
2021 The First Lady Rosé Dry
Warwick Estate
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Rosé Wine
Pinotage
11,5%
The First Lady Rosé Dry Rosé Wine
89
2020 Kaapzicht Skraalhans Pinotage
Kaapzicht Wine Estate
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
12,5%
Kaapzicht Skraalhans Pinotage Red Wine
92
2019 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
13,59%
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage Red Wine
96
2019 Kanonkop Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,95%
Kanonkop Pinotage Red Wine
92
2019 African Rock Selection Pinotage Rosé
Origin Wine
South Africa
Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
African Rock Selection Pinotage Rosé Red Wine
88
2018 Ashbourne Pinotage
Ashbourne
South Africa
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
Ashbourne Pinotage Red Wine
95
2018 Sangiro Pinotage
Rudiger Gretschel
South Africa
Piekenierskloof,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
12,5%
Sangiro Pinotage Red Wine
95
2018 Beeslaar Pinotage
Beeslaar Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,5%
Beeslaar Pinotage Red Wine
94
2018 L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage
L'Avenir
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,5%
L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage Red Wine
94
2018 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,61%
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage Red Wine
92
2018 Cape Diamond Pinotage Reserve
St. Jakobskellerei Schuler & Cie AG Schwyz
South Africa
Coastal Region,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14%
Cape Diamond Pinotage Reserve Red Wine
91
2018 African Rock Selection Pinotage
Distell
South Africa
Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
African Rock Selection Pinotage Red Wine
86
2017 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,51%
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage Red Wine
96
2017 Bruwer Vintners Liberté Pinotage
Bruwer Vintners
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
13,5%
Bruwer Vintners Liberté Pinotage Red Wine
94
2017 Pinotage
Fleur du Cap
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,5%
€€
Pinotage Red Wine
88
2017 Pinotage Reserve Durbanville
Diemersdal
South Africa
Tygerberg,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,8%
€€€
Pinotage Reserve Durbanville Red Wine
88
2016 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14,74%
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage Red Wine
93
2016 Pinotage David & Nadia Siebritskloof
David & Nadia Wines
South Africa
Swartland,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
€€€€
Pinotage David & Nadia Siebritskloof Red Wine
93
2016 Pinotage Kadette
Kanonkop Estate
South Africa
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
Red Wine
Pinotage
14%
€€
Pinotage Kadette Red Wine
90
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