Pinotage is uniquely South African. Created in the 1920s, it's a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Initially slow to gain popularity, it is now South Africa's second most widely planted red variety. Varying from light and juicy to rich and full-bodied, Pinotage is now enjoyed by wine drinkers around the world.
Pinotage is a deeply colored grape that ripens easily and early. It gives aromas and flavors reminiscent of wild bramble fruit, plums and a sweet earthiness. Pinotage is often aged in oak.
Deep mulberry and damson mixed with toasted marshmallow
Wines to Try
The Bulldozer, Groote Kaap, Drakenskloof
Stellenbosch, Paarl, Western Cape
- In 1991, Kanonkoop's winemaker Beyers Truter entered his Pinotages into the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Judges were so impressed by his wines that he was presented with the "Winemaker of the Year" award - becoming the first South African to win this honor.
- Although indigenous to South Africa, some Pinotage is grown in New Zealand and the USA.
- If you like Pinotage, you might also like: South African Shiraz - regarded by many as the grape to watch in the Cape.