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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
Beaumont Pinotage 2014
Beaumont Pinotage 2014
$29.99  
Beeslaar Pinotage 2014 ***
Beeslaar Pinotage 2014 96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2016
$49.99  
  Eikendal Pinotage 2015
Eikendal Pinotage 2015 93 pts Tim Atkin MW
$17.99 In Special
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Fairview Pinotage 2015
Fairview Pinotage 2015
$13.99  
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2014
Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2014
$12.99  
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2015
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2015
$21.99 In Special
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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 2015
Kanonkop Pinotage 2015 94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
$36.99  
MAN 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2015
MAN 'Bosstok' Pinotage 2015 serious value...
$8.99  
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2014
Neil Ellis Pinotage 2014
$17.99  
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2012 - 3 Bottles Left
89 pts The Wine Advocate (NM) -Soft and rounded with succulent black currant pastille and strawberry that segues into a silky smooth, oaky finish that is nicely focused.
$19.99  
Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2013
90 pts Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (NM) - Candied orange peel infusing the blueberry and blackcurrant notes on the entry
$19.99  
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2014
87 pts The Wine Advocate (NM) - Medium-bodied with chewy black fruit laced with melted tar, Provençal herbs and fennel, leading to a nicely poised finish.
$12.99  
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2015
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2015
$12.99  
Simonsig 'Redhill' Pinotage 2014
Simonsig 'Redhill' Pinotage 2014 90 pts Wine Advocate
$27.99  
Simonsig Pinotage 2015
Simonsig Pinotage 2015
$13.99  
Spice Route Pinotage 2015
Spice Route Pinotage 2015
$18.99  
Warwick 'Old Bush Vines' Pinotage 2014 - 3 bts left
Warwick 'Old Bush Vines' Pinotage 2014
$19.99  
Warwick 'Old Bush Vines' Pinotage 2015
Warwick 'Old Bush Vines' Pinotage 2015
$19.99  
Windmeul Reserve Pinotage 2015
Windmeul Reserve Pinotage 2015
$24.99 In Special
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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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