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Pinotage Wines

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
Name Price Purchase
Barista Pinotage 2012
Barista Pinotage 2012 showing well
Beaumont Pinotage 2013
Beaumont Pinotage 2013 always considered one of the Cape's finest
Diemersfontein 'Reserve' Pinotage 2012
Diemersfontein 'Reserve' Pinotage 2012
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2013
Diemersfontein The Pinotage 2013
Dornier Pinotage 2011
Dornier Pinotage 2011 Drink from 2012 to 2018, A Pinotage with structure and elegance
Ernst Gouws & Co. Pinotage 2012
Ernst Gouws & Co. Pinotage 2012 made for hearty meat dishes
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2012
Fairview 'Primo' Pinotage 2012
Fairview La Capra Pinotage 2013
La Capra Pinotage
Fairview Pinotage 2013
Fairview Pinotage 2013 solid & a nice introduction into Pinotage
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2012
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2012
Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013
Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013
Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2013
Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2013 the expression of greatness one would never expect out of the varietal
Kanonkop Pinotage 2013 ***
Kanonkop Pinotage 2013 stunningly delicious
MAN Family Wines 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2013
MAN Family Wines 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2013 nice entry level Pinotage
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.
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2013
88 pts Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (NM) - This is a commendable Pinotage. Drink now.
Simonsig Pinotage 2013
Simonsig Pinotage 2013
Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2012
Simonsig Redhill Pinotage 2012 just now starting to open up
Southern Right Pinotage 2014 ***
Southern Right Pinotage 2014 right on par with the exceptional 2013 - 90 pts Wine Spectator
Stellenrust Pinotage 2013
Stellenrust Pinotage 2013 2014 Michelangelo Gran D'Or Medal winner
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