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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
Beeslaar Pinotage 2013 ***
Beeslaar Pinotage 2013 simply world class...you have never tried a Pinotage like this before
$49.99  
Chamonix 'Greywacke' Pinotage 2013
Chamonix 'Greywacke' Pinotage 2013 unique
$28.99  
David Frost Pinotage 2014
David Frost Pinotage 2014
$11.99  
Diemersdal Reserve Pinotage 2014
Diemersdal Reserve Pinotage 2014
$21.99  
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2013
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2013
$19.99  
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2013
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2013 90 pts Wine Spectator
$27.99  
Fairview La Capra Pinotage 2013
La Capra Pinotage
$9.99  
Fairview Pinotage 2014
Fairview Pinotage 2014 nice fruit purity
$13.99  
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2013
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2013
$11.99  
Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013
Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013
$17.99  
Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2013
Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2013 the expression of greatness one would never expect out of the varietal
$249.99  
Kanonkop Pinotage 2014
Kanonkop Pinotage 2014
$35.99  
MAN Family Wines 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2013
MAN Family Wines 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2013 nice entry level Pinotage
$8.99  
Neethlingshof Pinotage 2014
Neethlingshof Pinotage 2014
$16.99  
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2013
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2013
$17.99  
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2011
89+ pts Stephen Tanzer/Vinous June 2015- Finishes with a very firm dusting of building tannins and lovely red-fruit lift and length.
$19.99  
Simonsig Pinotage 2014
Simonsig Pinotage 2014
$13.99  
Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2012
Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2012 just now starting to open up
$27.99  
Southern Right Pinotage 2014 ***
Southern Right Pinotage 2014 right on par with the exceptional 2013 - 90 pts Wine Spectator/91 pts Wine Advocate
$21.99  
Spice Route Pinotage 2014
Spice Route Pinotage 2014 nice...
$18.99  

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%

Items marked with *** have special 6 bottle pricing,
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