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Pinotage Wines
Pinotage

Pinotage is the result of a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault varieties. It was created in South Africa in 1925 by Professor A I Perold at Stellenbosch University. Pinot Noir makes the classic highly-prized wines of Burgundy, and Cinsault is a prolific red cropper that makes undistinguished table wines in the south of France. Pinot Noir is very difficult to successfully grow whereas Cinsault is sturdy and resistant to vine ailments. In 1991, Kanonkop's winemaker Beyers Truter entered his Pinotages at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. These so impressed the judges that he was presented with the "Winemaker of the Year" award - becoming the first South African to win this prestigious award.

Starting in the early 1990s Pinotage was exported across the globe and it experienced mixed success early on. Detractors claimed it was harsh and had unpleasant aromatics of smoke and acetone. Research done since that time has found the problem to be poor viticultural practices. Starting in the early 2000s winemakers began to treat Pinotage more like the noble Pinot Noir rather than the lowly Cinsault grape. The improved vineyard practices have greatly improved the end product and the unpleasant smoky/acetone characteristics have been completely removed from most examples.

Pinotage is ideally suited to the South African “braai” or barbeque culture and is a good wine to pair with most meats, from burgers to game meats and most things that come off the grill. The usual descriptors include graphite and earthy notes with some really pure fruit. It continues to be considered a food wine and an easy drinker but there has been a huge increase in quality since 2000. The only significant plantings are in South Africa, but winemakers have started experimenting with it in California and New Zealand.


Buy your favorite Pinotage Wines below. Click on the Name for Details
Label
Name Price Purchase
Altydgedacht Pinotage 2012
Altydgedacht Pinotage 2012
$19.99  
Barista Pinotage 2012
Barista Pinotage 2012 showing well
$15.99  
Diemersdal Pinotage 2013
Diemersdal Pinotage 2013 lighter tannins with cherry & plum fruit to the fore
$17.99  
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2011 ***
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2011 4 Stars 2013 Platter Wine Guide
$19.99  
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2012
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2012
$27.99  
Fairview Pinotage 2012
Fairview Pinotage 2012 Soft & juicy with an abundance of red berry fruit
$13.99  
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2011
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2011
$11.99  
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2012
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2012 really lovely stuff
$21.99  
Kaapzicht Pinotage 2010
Kaapzicht Pinotage 2010
$21.99  
Kanonkop Pinotage 2012
Kanonkop Pinotage 2012 always one of the Cape's finest...
$35.99  
Lemberg Pinotage 2010
Lemberg Pinotage 2010 out of Tulbagh
$17.99  
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2011
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2011
$17.99  
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2010
91 pts Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice 5/13 Layers of blackberry, boysenberry, roasted cocoa nib, pepper and toasted oak flavors.
$18.99  
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2012
$11.99  
Simonsig 'Redhill' Pinotage 2011
Simonsig 'Redhill' Pinotage 2011 91 pts Wine Advocate - Excellent.
$27.99  
Southern Right Pinotage 2012 ***
Southern Right Pinotage 2012 blessed with good purity & freshness
$21.99  
Spice Route Pinotage 2012
Spice Route Pinotage 2012 polished with nice structure - 90 pts Wine Spectator
$18.99  
Villiera Pinotage 2011
Villiera Pinotage 2011
$13.99  

Volume Discounts are applied to all purchases of 12 bottles of wine or more. These discounts do not apply to items in any other special or 6 bottle discount offers. The discounts are as follows:
12 bottles or more - 5%
24 bottles or more - 7%
36 bottles or more - 8%
48 bottles or more - 9%
60 bottles or more - 10%

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